WIHI: The IHI Triple Aim: Lessons from the First Seven Years

Date: June 25, 2015


  • John Whittington, MD, Lead Faculty, IHI Triple Aim; Senior Fellow, IHI
  • Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM, Senior Vice President, IHI
  • Kevin Nolan, MA, Associates in Process Improvement; Senior Fellow, IHI
  • Ninon Lewis, MS, Executive Director, Triple Aim for Populations, IHI
It’s never been easy to define an overall strategy for the transformation of US health care. And that may explain why the Triple Aim has been so resonant with so many. In part it’s the simplicity of a three-part framework to achieve better care, better health, at lower per capita costs. It’s also the goals themselves. The idea of simultaneously improving the care of individual patients, improving the health of larger populations, and bringing health care costs down, first conceived by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in 2008, now defines the pursuits of health care systems and communities in many parts of the world, but especially here in the US.
Fast forward to June 2015 and Milbank Quarterly​ has just published the first major harvesting of lessons learned over the past seven years of work on the Triple Aim, drawing on IHI’s engagement with some 141 organizations across a wide array of settings. We brought the article authors into our WIHI studio to discuss their analysis.



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