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By Kedar Mate | Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
At IHI, we talk about small tests of change and going incrementally forward. The mental model in improvement focuses on optimizing existing systems and eliminating defects. Innovation requires a different mental model — creation of something new and different from what we’ve experienced before.


Tag(s): Innovation and Idea Generation, Improvement Methods and Tools, Leadership, Improvement Capability
By Robert Lloyd | Thursday, Feb 04, 2016
The widespread appeal of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle stems from its practical approach to improvement. But within its simplicity lies some complexity that many overlook. In a response to a recently published critique of PDSA cycles, IHI' Bob Lloyd asserts that the problem is that too few people are true to the spirit of this approach to improvement.


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA), Improvement Methods and Tools, Quality Improvement
By Don Goldmann | Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
The first thing I have to say is that I didn’t come up with the title for this blog post. I would never choose something so self-promotional, but my editor on the course, Mike Briddon, insisted. Mike is one of those energetic, creative people at IHI who adds to the fun, fast-paced atmosphere at our office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. I must say I am blessed to work at IHI, an organization that has been a leader in defining the field of quality improvement in health care for m ... read full post


Tag(s): Quality Improvement, Improvement Capability, Improvement Methods and Tools
By Kedar Mate | Friday, Nov 06, 2015
“Innovation” is a word you hear often in health care these days — and it means different things to different people. There are many categories of innovation in health care, including biomedical, payment, technology, communication, and engagement. Some of these sustain existing business models, while others are more disruptive. At IHI, we concentrate on health care “delivery innovation” — innovations that improve outcomes but also reduce costs. In our work on IHI’s innovation team, we’ve noticed ... read full post


Tag(s): Leadership, Improvement Methods and Tools, Innovation and Idea Generation
By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Oct 16, 2015
According to IHI faculty member and Senior Improvement Advisor Tricia Bolender, it’s not a lack of clinical knowledge that prevents closing the global mental health treatment gap. Instead, she argues, “it’s a deficit in the use of effective implementation methods.”A Billion Minds and Lives is a global mental health initiative that strives to close the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of the initiative is simple, but ambitious to close the treatment gap and ... read full post


Tag(s): Behavioral Health, Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), Triple Aim for Populations, Improvement Methods and Tools, Quality Improvement
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