IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 30 years, we have convened the best and the brightest to find solutions to widespread health care problems that seem intractable. Our dynamic community is made up of leaders, faculty, and caregivers at all levels of life and work and from every corner of the globe.
IHI collaborates with the improvement community to invent and popularize ideas that dramatically improve patient care. Together we remove improvement roadblocks and realize improvement possibilities through innovations of all kinds — from small shifts to society-changing transformations.

IHI 90-Day Learning Cycle

A process for producing innovation that transforms quality improvement ideas into action.

Rapid Cycle Testing

A model — the Model for Improvement — that implements small tests of change to accelerate improvement.

The Breakthrough Series Collaborative

A methodology that helps organizations work together to close the gap between “what we know” and “what we do.”


A bundle is a small, straightforward set of evidence-based practices — generally three to five — that, when performed collectively and reliably, have been proven to improve patient outcomes.

Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR)

An adjusted measure of hospital mortality developed by IHI Senior Fellow Sir Brian Jarman that is now widely deployed as a way of exposing unexpected variation and identifying opportunities for improvement within systems.

IHI Triple Aim

framework to optimize health system performance by simultaneously focusing on three care dimensions: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

IHI Open School

An online educational curriculum and community that provides students and health care professionals with the skills to become change agents in health care improvement.

100,000 Lives Campaign

A pivotal 18-month national initiative to drive widespread adoption of six patient safety practices in US hospitals.

5 Million Lives Campaign

A two-year endeavor that engaged more than 4,000 US hospitals to prevent five million incidents of medical harm.