WIHI: Health Care Innovation and R&D: Taking Stock at Ten Years

Date: November 9, 2017


  • Lindsay A Martin, Founder, I-Squared Consulting Group; Instructor, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Kedar Mate, MD, Chief Innovation and Education Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • John Whittington, MD, Senior Fellow, IHI; Lead Faculty, IHI Triple Aim ​

The health care quality improvement movement has rallied around some significant innovations over the years, many of which have had a lasting impact. The failure of most hospitals to make real progress on reducing hospital-acquired infections led IHI to launch the 100,000 Lives Campaign​ in 2004. The IHI Open School​ was launched in 2008 to fill in for what too many medical educators were failing to do: incorporate quality and safety into their health professions educational curricula.

Frustration with the slow pace of change is often grist for innovation. Ten years ago IHI chartered an R&D team to engage in a regular, rigorous process of examining and testing new ideas and models for their potential to further QI and improve health and health care. To acknowledge the anniversary, we took a look back at some of what's been catalyzed by IHI's Innovation team, IHI innovations that predate the team's work, and where we still need new approaches. This and more on the November 9 episode of WIHI.


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