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By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Dec 18, 2015
It’s been a fruitful and inspiring year, with so much great new improvement content that it’s a challenge to choose “only ten” items to highlight at year’s end. But here, in no particular order, are some selections that we think are especially noteworthy. Revisit your favorites (or dig in for the first time, if you missed them before), share them with your colleagues, and use them to help kick-start your improvement efforts in the new year. From all of us at IHI, we wish you health and happy hol ... read full post


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Patient Safety, Quality, Cost, and Value, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Triple Aim for Populations, Leadership, Large-Scale Improvement, Spreading Changes, Innovation and Idea Generation
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 Camille Graham | Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015
Camille Graham, MD, is the executive community physician leader for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She’s attended IHI's Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community for the last four years.Improving health and health care is tough. No one person, no matter how dedicated or passionate, can do it alone, especially in a community practice like mine with about 5,000 active patients and two locations. So it pays to bring quality improvement and ... read full post


Tag(s): Summit - Office Practice and Community, Community, Quality Improvement, Improvement Capability, Patient Safety
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 Joelle Baehrend | Thursday, Dec 03, 2015
In Brazil, C-section deliveries are the norm, rather than the exception — more than 80 percent of deliveries in private hospitals are C-sections and nearly 50 percent in public hospitals. We asked Paulo Borem, MD, about his project to improve the rates in the IHI Improvement Advisor Program.IHI Why are C-section rates so high in Brazil?Paulo Borem The main factor is the way we organize care delivery. In the private sector, obstetricians exclusively attend their own patients for prenatal care and ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Maternal and Child Health, Culture of Safety, Quality Improvement, Latin America, Obstetrics
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