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Profiles in Improvement: Dr. Pierre Barker, IHI Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer
Dr. Pierre Barker, IHI Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer, describes some of IHI’s global work that is helping to improve health and health care worldwide.
Profiles in Improvement: Dr. Hema Magge, IHI Country Director, Ethiopia
Dr. Hema Magge, IHI Country Director in Ethiopia, is leading a program to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Ethiopia. IHI and its partners are supporting the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health in an ambitious agenda to rapidly close gaps in national health outcomes through the coordination of quality planning, quality assurance, and quality improvement.
Profiles in Improvement: Azhar Ali, IHI Executive Director, Middle East and Asia-Pacific
In this profile, IHI Executive Director Azhar Ali talks about the path that led him to IHI and the growing portfolio of IHI's work in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions that he is overseeing and helping to build.
Profiles in Improvement: Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, IHI Director, Patient Safety
In this profile, Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, IHI Director of Patient Safety, talks about the experiences that shaped her passion and dedication to improving safety, and the current focus of IHI's work in patient safety, which includes safety across the continuum of care, engaging patients in safety efforts, and supporting health care teams in improving system reliability and enhancing their joy in work.
Profiles in Improvement: Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, IHI Director of Project Fives Alive!
Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, IHI Senior Technical Director for the Africa Region, talks about his work in Ghana with Project Fives Alive!, including the encouraging results they're seeing in reducing mortality of children under five years of age (work that is underpinned by strong technical leadership in QI), and IHI's growing portfolio of work in Africa.
Profiles in Improvement: Alide Chase, IHI Senior Fellow
A former senior vice president at Kaiser Permanente, Alide Chase had a pivotal role in crafting the longtime strategic partnership between IHI and Kaiser focused on building improvement capability, improving safety, and establishing organization-wide performance improvement and measurement systems. Now, recently retired, she's looking forward to creating a community among the IHI Senior Fellows and providing strategic guidance to IHI as part of her role as a fellow.
Profiles in Improvement: Leonard L. Berry, PhD, MBA, IHI Senior Fellow
"I’m hopeful about the work in health care quality improvement. It’s a journey without a finish line," says IHI Senior Fellow Len Berry, whose current work is focusing on how we can improve the service experience of cancer patients and their families. Learn more in this profile.
Profiles in Improvement: Trissa Torres, MD, Senior Vice President, IHI
In this profile, IHI Senior Vice President, Dr. Trissa Torres, talks about her career path and experience, how she became interested in population health and the Triple Aim, and what led her to IHI. Describing her current role at IHI she says, “Everything I do and support at IHI is tied to our broad goals: To accelerate the pace of improvement in health care and to work with partners worldwide to create health, for individuals and communities.”
Profiles in Improvement: Nneka Mobisson-Etuk, MD, Executive Director of African Operations, IHI
In this profile, Dr. Nneka Mobisson-Etuk describes her leadership of IHI's work in Africa, building on a near-decade of quality improvement work focused on maternal and child health, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, quality planning strategy, building improvement capability in the region, and other areas of focus.
Understanding Bundles: An IHI Faculty Conversation
IHI faculty for the Rethinking Critical Care seminar discuss and try to clarify some important and often misunderstood points about implementing care bundles (such as the Ventilator Bundle and the Central Line Bundle).
Six Quality Improvement Questions for an IHI Improvement Advisor
IHI Improvement Advisor Rebecca Steinfield currently teaches courses and coaches teams on the science of improvement. Here she offers some perspective on how to get better at improving.
Targeting Patient Transitions to Reduce Readmissions
The transition that takes a patient from the hospital to their home or another care setting marks a pivotal care moment. Zeroing in on what happens during this critical juncture, with the support of IHI’s STAAR initiative, has helped the Ohio Hospital Association make significant progress in its aim to reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent within two years.
The IHI Triple Aim: Changing Care and Communities
A simple question from an Allegiance Health board member upended the way this Michigan-based hospital and health system cares for patients. With a renewed focus on improving health (rather than merely maintaining it) by engaging community stakeholders in their efforts, Allegiance credits its participation in the IHI Triple Aim initiative for providing the necessary framework and shared learning for their work.
Big Results for Louisiana's Smallest Patients
When the OB nurses at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge noticed full-term births were becoming disturbingly rare, they took action. Their commitment to make a difference eventually helped decrease the hospital's NICU admissions by 23 percent, and informed a statewide birthing initiative that has made Louisiana a leader in perinatal care.
Profiles in Improvement: Frank Federico, Executive Director, IHI
IHI's Frank Federico talks about his early work as a pharmacist to improve medication safety, and his current role at IHI working with teams around the world to implement proven best practices in patient safety.
A Region Bands Together for Quality Improvement
Ko Awatea, a new learning center in Auckland, New Zealand, that opened in June 2011, is a partnership between IHI and Counties Manukau District Health Board to establish a Quality and Innovation Center for the region.
Profiles in Improvement: Katharine Luther, Vice President, IHI
IHI Vice President Kathy Luther describes her career in health care quality improvement, and how her current IHI work includes getting finance and clinicians to work together to impact cost and quality.
No Opportunity to Die
A skilled, assertive, and passionate young community health nurse has over three years declared, deployed, and secured a zero tolerance policy for maternal and neonatal mortality at a subdistrict health post in Ghana’s Central region.
A Coalition Pursues the IHI Triple Aim
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland, was one of 15 organizations chosen to prototype IHI’s Triple Aim, which seeks to transform health systems by simultaneously pursuing three aims: enhancing the experience of individual patients, improving the health of a population, and reducing the cost of care.
A Team Gives Mobility to Ventilated Patients
Patients in critical care are usually kept immobile and heavily sedated, but there’s growing evidence that mobility can help a patient's long-term recovery.
Improvement Tip: "Quality" Is Not a Department
Robert Lloyd, Executive Director of Performance Improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, offers some tips for improving quality within your organization.
Profiles in Improvement: Dr. Nana Twum-Danso, IHI
Nana A.Y. Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, the outgoing Executive Director for IHI African Operations, talks about emerging quality improvement work in Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa.
Identifying "Waste" in the ICU
Memorial Hermann/University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston, Texas, USA) sought to determine the prevalence of and reasons for inappropriate use of ICU beds, as one component of “waste”, using the Hospital Inpatient Waste Identification Tool developed by IHI.
A Patient Directs His Own Care
Christian Farman wanted to manage his own dialysis. His unusual request was met with an unusual response from his nurse: “Yes, how shall we start?” Thanks to them, nearly 60 percent of the hospital’s dialysis patients are now managing their own treatments.
Zero VAP Rate in the ICU by Reducing Time on Sedation
Mercy Hospital (Buffalo, New York, USA) has sustained zero ventilator-associated pneumonias in the ICU by reliably implementing the IHI Ventilator Bundle, with a special focus on reducing the amount and duration of sedation for patients on ventilators in the ICU.