Escape Velocity: Going from Incremental to Exponential Results in Achieving the Triple Aim

Feeley D, Freeman G. Escape Velocity: Going from Incremental to Exponential Results in Achieving the Triple Aim. Healthcare Executive. 2014 Nov/Dec;29(6):68-71.

In physics, “escape velocity” generally refers to the speed at which an object needs to be traveling to break free of a planet’s or moon’s gravity. Health care’s challenge is not gravity, exactly, but, rather, escaping the powerful forces that bind us to current models. In this article, IHI authors propose that to achieve "escape velocity" in health care, we need inspired leadership and an ambitious aim — and we must accelerate the pace of improvement in health care and innovate with communities and organizations to improve health, improve the care experience, and reduce costs (the Triple Aim).

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