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By IHI Multimedia Team | Thursday, May 04, 2017
Reliability is the ability of a system to successfully produce a product to specification repeatedly. In the case of health care, that “product” is safe, efficient, person-centered care. The challenge in achieving reliability in health care is the complexity of the processes, which heavily depend on human beings and their interactions with each other.


Tag(s): Reliable Processes, Patient Safety
By Frank Federico | Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
A lot of patient safety work focuses on “projects" instead of taking the broad view. It's important to build the internal structure to avoid working in a vacuum. Without placing your work into the broader context of your organization's other efforts, you may have trouble keeping up momentum, making further improvement, or sustaining your gains.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Reliable Processes
By Kate DeBartolo | Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016
Health care has learned a lot about patient safety from the aviation industry. But what about zoos? Here are four tips for designing systems to prevent harm, whether in health care or in a zoo.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Reliable Processes, National Forum
By Frank Federico | Sunday, Dec 06, 2015
Fifteen years after the release of the IOM’s landmark report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, two new reports highlight the progress we’ve made and also argue that we still have far to go to make care as safe as it should be for all patients.


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Reliable Processes
By Jo Ann Endo | Thursday, Oct 01, 2015
In this blog post, IHI faculty members Kevin Little, PhD, and Mike Barbati, MHA, describe how to use process mapping as a tool to understand and visualize a current system to target improvement efforts. Kevin Little (left) and Mike Barbati (right) There are a variety of different ways to deliver the same evidence-based medicine to every patient, every time they interact with the health care system. Organizations differ in their tools and experience, but their aim is the same to deliver the sam ... read full post


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Improvement Methods and Tools, process mapping, Quality, Cost, and Value, Reliable Processes
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