This summer, the heat hasn’t been slowing us down. At IHI
and in the world of health care, improvers have been making great waves. To
make it easier for you to keep up, we’ve made a list of seven engaging posts on
IHI’s website — seven must-see resources for all your health care improvement needs.
1. IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work
As burnout rates and staff turnover are on the rise for
health care professionals, the question of how to improve joy in work is more pressing
now than ever. This IHI white paper tackles the challenging facets of this
topic by discussing the value of joy in work, the IHI framework for improving
joy, and measurement and tools for gauging efforts to improve job satisfaction.
2. Moved to Action: Health Center CEOs Pen Letter to Senators
As the debate over US health care reform rages on, this blog
post is worth a second look. This spring, Kim Schwartz and 29 other CEOs from
the North Carolina Community Health Center Association wrote a 2,200-word
letter to their senators, offering five recommendations for policy changes to
the Affordable Care Act.
3. Patient Safety's Missed Opportunities
In his “Line of Sight” series, IHI CEO Derek Feeley asserts
that health care leaders need to take full advantage of four key opportunities
to prevent harm to patients and health care workers. Health care leaders have made
vast improvements in patient safety over the last 20 years, but more innovation
needs to happen if that improvement is to continue.
4. WIHI: The Digital Transformation: How Technology Is Helping (and Hurting) Health Care
Technology is everywhere in health care — and for many
reasons, that's a good thing. It's fast, it's efficient, and it can reduce
errors. And yet, technology is not a cure-all. In this WIHI podcast, Bob
Wachter, MD, author of The Digital Doctor,
and Tejal Gandhi, MD, IHI Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, discuss the future
of health care’s reliance on technology, while discussing how to get the most
value from digital technology.
5. The Global Epidemic of Unneeded Cesarean Sections
Why are C-section rates so high in middle- and high-income countries?
It's not because women demand it. The true reasons are complex. In study after
study, women indicate that they want what’s best for them and their babies, and
mostly want a C-section only if it’s medically indicated. The World Health
Organization says there is no benefit to mother or baby if the average
C-section rate is higher than 10 percent. So why have C-section rates increased
globally over the past three decades? IHI’s Pierre Barker, IHI Chief Global
Programs and Partnerships Officer, explains on the IHI blog.
6. What Is Bias, and What Can Medical Professionals Do to Address It?
In a new video short, Anurag Gupta, founder and CEO of Be
More America, explains implicit or unconscious bias and how health care
providers and others can stop it from negatively affecting people.
7. The Right Care, Right Setting, and Right Time of Hospital Flow
Making sure patients get the right care, in the right place,
at the right time couldn’t be a clearer set of aims, yet achieving them is not
so simple in large health systems. This WIHI podcast checks in on progress and
the issues still bedeviling improvers ― along with the latest on what sorts of
changes are necessary in 2017.