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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​November 9, 2017, 2:00 PM ET: Health Care Innovation and R&D: Taking Stock at Ten Years

  • Lindsay A Martin, Founder, I-Squared Consulting Group; Instructor, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Kedar Mate, MD, Chief Innovation and Education Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • John Whittington, MD, Senior Fellow, IHI; Lead Faculty, IHI Triple Aim ​

The health care quality improvement movement has rallied around some significant innovations over the years, many of which have had a lasting impact. Approaches to QI, like the Model for Improvement​ and Lean management principles​, are the bedrock for most improvement efforts. The SBAR​ (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) communication technique is now in widespread use, providing health care teams with a method for quickly conveying critical information, and remains an ever-popular resource on

Ten years ago IHI chartered an R&D team to engage in a regular, rigorous process of examining and testing new ideas and models for their potential to further QI and improve health and health care. To acknowledge the anniversary, we're taking a look at some of what's been catalyzed by the IHI R&D team, IHI innovations that predate the team's work, and where we still need new approaches. Join us to learn more on the November 9 WIHI: Health Care Innovation and R&D: Taking Stock at Ten Years.

Frustration with the slow pace of change is often grist for innovation. The failure of most hospitals to make real progress on reducing hospital-acquired infections led IHI to launch the 100,000 Lives Campaign​ in 2004. The IHI Open School​ was launched in 2008 to fill in for what too many medical educators were failing to do: incorporate quality and safety into their health professions educational curricula.

However, as we'll learn from Kedar Mate, IHI's Campaign would not have had a platform of interventions without the benefit of earlier innovations focused on reducing patient harm, such as evidence-based care bundles​ and the IHI Global Trigger Too​l​.

Lindsay Martin, who helped lead IHI's R&D team for nearly a decade, believes that the discipline of 90-day cycles enables the team to promote the best ideas and not get too attached to things that aren't working. She'll talk about the importance of "failures" and what to do when the timing and the environment don't mesh with fresh thinking. John Whittington will share his thoughts about the future. He's been deeply engaged in developing and furthering the IHI Triple Aim​ and IHI's Framework for Achieving Health Equity, both of which encourage profound change that will only occur if organizations start laying the groundwork, now.

What's at the top of your innovation list? We hope you'll share your thoughts and questions with us on the November 9 WIHI. AND, we invite you to take a look at our newest publication ahead of the show: 10 IHI​ Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care​.

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