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We’ve made a list of seven engaging posts on IHI’s website — seven must-see resources for all your health care improvement needs.
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7 Summer Reads for All Your Health Care Needs

By IHI Multimedia Team | Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

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