Expeditions for Hospitals


Put improvement skills into action at the bedside as teams get expert coaching during 10 virtual programs per year. These programs are $750 per team but are FREE with a Passport to IHI Training​ membership. 
Enrollment links will be posted as they become available. Dates and topics are subject to change.​ For more information, please email info@ihi.org.
      Begins February 4, 2016
      Begins March 10, 2016
IHI Virtual Expedtion: Optimizing Labor and Delivery Care
      Begins April 2016
IHI Virtual Expeition: Reducing Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections
      Begins May 2016
IHI Virtual Expedition: Engaging Patients and Families in the ICU
      Begins July 2016
*Dates subject to change


What is an Expedition?

An Expedition is a topic-specific, action-focused program, lasting two to four months. Expeditions are designed to help front-line teams make rapid improvements in the areas of greatest concern to hospitals today. Each program is an intensive virtual support system where expert faculty are serving as your guides. designed to enable widespread uptake of an important hospital improvement. 


The Program

This program will include:
  • Send-Off Call to orient teams, review the plan, and discuss specific steps
  • Check-In Calls every two weeks with expert faculty to get feedback and adjust team plans and activities
  • Opportunities to share with and learn from other participating organizations
  • Opportunities for periodic check-ins with faculty 
  • Concluding Call to reflect on achievements and plot the next steps

Success Factors

Teams will need the following to be successful in this Expedition:
  • Strong team-based improvement capacity
  • Designated team, ideally to include a nurse working on the testing unit or able to lead the work, an internal quality/performance improvement expert, and a physician champion
  • Sponsorship and support from hospital leadership
  • Clear commitment to the goal and the process


IHI holds 10 Expeditions per year for teams to apply their quality improvement skills in action. Passport members may join as many Expeditions as they would like for FREE so front-line teams can make rapid improvements in some of the areas of greatest concern to hospitals today. Hospitals can "direct enroll" in any one Expedition program for $750.

​Past Expeditions

Identifying and Removing Waste (2011)
Improving Flow in Key Hospital Units: Surgery, ICU, ED (2010)
Preventing Heart Failure Readmissions (2010)
Successful Execution -- Securing the Link from Aims to Results (2010)