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In a letter to his daughter, a future doctor, Don Berwick imagines health care in 2028 in his IHI National Forum keynote on December 10 in Nashville.
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The National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care is the premier "meeting place" for people committed to the mission of improving health care. This annual event draws approximately 6,500 health care leaders from around the world in person and thousands more via satellite broadcast.
  • View a webcast of Donald Berwick's 2008 International Forum keynote speech, "Global Health and Continual Improvement."  Please note you will need to register with the BMJ website to view this presentation.

 2008 National Forum Co-Chairs

IHI would like to thank the Co-Chairs for their extraordinary effort and commitment in developing the program for the 20th Annual National Forum.

Howard Hiatt, MD, Associate Chief of the Division, former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and a distinguished expert in public health, international health and medicine. He is now Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Board of Directors of Partners In Health.
Brent C. James, MD, MStat, Vice President, Medical Research and Continuing Medical Education at Intermountain Health Care. He is also the Executive Director of Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, also at Intermountain.
Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS, Bureau Chief, Chronic Disease and Cancer, Community Health Administration, Department of Health, Government of the District of Columbia. She is the leader of numerous collaboratives in quality improvement concerning serious chronic illnesses and the end of life.
Vinod K. Sahney, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Corporate Strategy, Planning, and Business Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He is also a founding member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a current board member.

​New this year!

  • Watch a brief video clip and learn why the National Forum is an event you should not miss!
  • Post a question, share your experiences, or get a conversation started about your topic of interest via the National Forum discussion group.

We are pleased to announce the 20th National Forum keynote presentations:

  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs, and On-Air Health Policy Analyst, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS
  • John Kitzhaber, MD, President, Estes Park Institute, is also Director for the Center for Evidence-Based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dr. Hippocrates Is Out: Please Leave a Message, a multimedia theatrical experience created by famed playwright Robert Brustein, and starring actors Tony Shalhoub (of Monk fame), Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), and Brooke Adams 

 Session "Tracks" and Themes


National Forum Program

There are over 200 sessions offered at the National Forum. Sessions are organized into the following "tracks," or content areas. 
  • Hospital Care
  • Innovation and Spread
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Measurement, Tools, Technology, and Quality Processes
  • Office Practices and Outpatient Settings
  • Patient- and Family-Centeredness
  • Patient Safety
  • Student*
  • Quality Improvement Research*
  • Quality Improvement for Vulnerable Populations*
* New this year.
Additionally, you can organize your National Forum experience around the following themes:
  • Fundamentals: For first-time attendees, this series of sessions offers great ideas and tools to get started in quality improvement.
  • Masters: For those who have been attending for four or more years, this series of sessions will provide cutting-edge improvement strategies and tools from health care and other industries.
  • Students: For health professions students, we’ve selected sessions across a wide spectrum of topics and disciplines that will accelerate your capacity for quality improvement. Because more students will be attending than ever before, IHI has planned many student-centered events to help make the Forum an invaluable experience for you. For more information about these events, click here.
  • Quality Improvement Research: This series of sessions introduces topics that address conceptual framework, research methods, measurement, and analysis of findings related to advancing the educational and scientific discipline of quality improvement. The Scientific Symposium is the cornerstone for this track. For details about the Symposium, visit the "Calls for Proposals" tab of this web page.

  Green Initiatives

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement continues to making a concerted effort to reduce our environmental impact at the National Forum and all IHI events. In year two of this effort, you may notice the following changes:
  • All presentations made available to IHI by faculty before the conference will be available on the "Meeting Materials" tab of these web pages. Attendees can download handouts before the conference or on-site during the Forum using the high-speed wireless access available in all meeting space at the conference hotel. We encourage attendees to bring their laptops to their sessions to make notes and view presentations more closely. Meeting rooms will be set with work tables whenever possible.
  • Attendees will be given a jump drive, preloaded with all meeting materials, at registration. Paper handouts will not be provided for any session. If you would like a paper handout, a printing kiosk will be available on-site.
  • Tote bags will not be distributed to attendees at registration. Instead, optional printed materials will be available on stands in the registration area and a recycled, reusable bag will be available to attendees when requested.
  • Reusable water bottles will be distributed to each attendee in an effort to reduce paper and plastic waste.
  • We are currently working with the conference hotel to eliminate waste from paper and plastic food packaging and to use local and organic food products whenever possible.
  • Food not consumed by attendees will be donated to a local food bank.
  • Exhibit Hall give-aways and other meeting materials that are not taken will be donated to local elementary and middle schools.
  • Recycling containers will be made available for recyclable meeting materials and catering items.
  • Transportation to and from the airport will be available to attendees in an effort to offset our carbon footprint by ridesharing. Please visit the "Hotel & Travel" tab of this web page to sign-up for a shuttle upon your arrival.
  • Information on how to off-set the carbon from airline travel will be available at the Green Booth. 
Our Green Booth will make a repeat appearance in 2008. We encourage you to stop by to give us your feedback, get more information about IHI’s efforts, and learn how you can reduce your impact on the environment when you return home.

 Past National Forums

Past keynote speakers include:
  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Founder, Partners in Health
  • Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS, Center to Improve Care of the Dying
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, PhD, Harvard Business School 
  • John Nance, ABC News Correspondent
  • Sir John Oldham, OBE, MBChB, National Health Service, UK
  • Paul O’Neill, Former US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Paul Plsek, Paul E. Plsek & Associates
  • Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, Princeton University
  • Sister Mary Jean Ryan, FSM, SSM Health Care
  • Lawrence L. Weed, MD, PKC Corporation
  • David Whyte
  • Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra