Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Quality Improvement, Epidemiology, and COVID-19

April 24, 2020


  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Derek Feeley, President and CEO, IHI
  • Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Scientific Officer Emeritus and Senior Fellow, IHI
  • Moderated by: Madge Kaplan, Director of Communications, IHI


The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has generated unprecedented collaboration between various professions and scientific disciplines, especially improvement science, epidemiology, data science, and information technology.

The pandemic has emphasized the importance of using sound quality improvement (QI) methods to deliver excellent, safe care to every patient, every time, while protecting the health care workforce.

Put simply, this is the time for quality improvers to hone their skills such as rapid cycles of testing, adapting and deploying innovative practices, daily team huddles, critical strategic prioritization and deployment of resources, and more.

Infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, and CDC alumnus, Dr. Don Goldmann reflects on the intersection of data-driven QI and epidemiology, and helps us understand how these sciences contribute to each other in crafting an effective response in a time of crisis. Derek Feeley and Don Berwick offer their unique perspectives and insights on the importance of using improvement methods in trying times.

Listeners also have the opportunity to share their questions, struggles, and bright spots they are seeing in this unprecedented time.

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