Triple Aim for Populations

Our goal: Drive the Triple Aim, simultaneously improving the health of the population, enhancing the experience and outcomes of the patient, and reducing per capita cost of care for the benefit of communities. More >>

The Triple Aim framework serves as the foundation for organizations and communities to successfully navigate the transition from a focus on health care to optimizing health for individuals and populations.


In the Spotlight

Life in the Sickest Town in America
This article in The Atlantic exposes the disparities in health between one of the poorest and one of the richest counties in Virginia. The author explores how the realities of demanding and dangerous manual labor, education, employment, and education impact on health and well-being. Learn more about how communities are rallying to tackle such issues and build healthier communities as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.  

The Antidote to Fragmented Care
This HBR article by Kedar Mate, IHI Senior Vice President, and Amy Compton-Phillips, CQO of the Permanente Federation, provides examples of emerging models to address fragmented care, such as integrated multispecialty care and integrated behavioral health and chronic disease care. They also recommend specific steps to change current systems, including aligning payment with integration, re-engineering processes, creating a universal EHR, and reducing dependence on specialty care. The upcoming IHI Collaborative, Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients’ Medical AND Behavioral Needs, will guide organizations in making advances in integrating care.

Community Paramedics Program Successfully Reduces Readmissions
The Community Healthcare Paramedicine Program in McKinney, TX, is an innovative approach to care for frequent 9-1-1 users that was recently presented at IHI’s 26th Annual National Forum. A key component of the program is determining if callers have underlying unmet needs (food, medications, housing) and then connecting them with community social services. Since June 2013 the program has helped to reduce readmissions by 60 percent. A recent Healthcare Executive article also highlights how health systems can actively partner with the emergency services to improve care, reduce costs, and build healthier communities. 

International Survey: Access, Coordination, and Patient-Centered Care Lacking for Older Adults
The 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults in 11 countries finds that US adults are sicker than their counterparts abroad and the most likely to have problems paying medical bills and getting needed health care. Timely access to care and the use of ERs for issues that could be addressed by a primary care clinician are among the difficulties reported in the survey, while having a care plan for chronic illness and planning for end-of-life care were among the positive aspects of their care.

Upcoming Educational Programs

Optimize Primary Care Teams to Meet Patients' Medical AND Behavioral Needs: An IHI Collaborative
Begins February 19

Kick-Start the Triple Aim
Begins February 18

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