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By Lindsay Martin | Monday, Jun 29, 2015
Few would argue that children learn through play. Often, however, many of us overlook the value of play for adults. In the following post, IHI Executive Director Lindsay Martin explains why the activities used during IHI events may look like just fun and games, but actually help us learn important lessons for accelerating improvement.If you participate in improvement or innovation events, chances are there will be a game to play. It won’t be for long, perhaps an hour, but it will be impactful. T ... read full post


Tag(s): Quality Improvement, Innovation and Idea Generation, Improvement Capability, Teamwork
By Kimberly Mitchell | Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014
Pierre Barker is a Senior Vice President at IHI. When your Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) tells you to stop what you are doing because your study is a mess, you probably will pay attention. It’s unusual to have a DSMB for a QI (quality improvement) study, but our team had one in place because we were doing a cluster randomized study of QI methods to improve the performance of South Africa’s HIV care program for pregnant mothers. So why did they tell us to stop, and what did we learn? At ... read full post


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Improvement Methods and Tools, Quality Improvement
By Don Goldmann | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
A newly released Institute of Medicine report highlights important gaps in training the physician workforce in the US. In this blog post, Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at IHI, and Jesse McCall, Senior Project and Regional Operations Manager at IHI, comment on the report and note important considerations for the future of graduate medical education.A just-released comprehensive report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's ... read full post


Tag(s): Health Professions Education, Improvement Capability, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, IHI Open School, Innovation and Idea Generation
By John Gauthier | Wednesday, May 28, 2014
What's the difference between building improvement capability and improvement capacity? Why does knowing how to improve matter to already overburdened health care workforce? IHI's Don Goldmann explains.


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Improvement, Quality Improvement, Quality/Improvement Professional, How to Improve, Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA), PDSA cycles, Quality, Engage Front-Line Staff in Improvement, Engage Physicians in Improvement
By Jameson Case | Monday, May 12, 2014
In this interview with IHI faculty member Lisa Schilling (pictured below), RN, MPH, National Vice President for Healthcare Performance Improvement at Kaiser Permanente (which you can also watch on video), she describes the keys to successfully improving quality while controlling costs. For more on quality improvement and cost reduction, attend IHI's new seminar, Applying Value Management to Health Care, on November 2–4, 2016.Watch video with Lisa Schilling on YouTubeQ What misconceptions do peop ... read full post


Tag(s): Cost of Care, Cost Containment and Clinical Risk Management, Quality, Cost, and Value, Cost Containment and Reduction, Quality and improvement, Efficiency and Waste Reduction, Quality Improvement
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