WIHI: "Pursuing the Triple Aim" Book Discussion with the Authors and Innovators

Date: May 3, 2012


  • Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Co-author, Pursuing the Triple Aim
  • Charles Kenney, Writer and Journalist, Co-author, Pursuing the Triple Aim
  • Alide Chase, Senior Vice President, Medicare Clinical Operations and Population Care, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Anthony M. DiGioia, MD, Renaissance Orthopaedics; Medical Director, Bone and Joint Center, Magee-Womens Hospital and PFCC Partners – Innovation Center of UPMC
  • George E. Kerwin, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bellin Health
  • Patricia A. McDonald, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Product Health Enhancement Organization, Intel Corporation
  • Diane K. Miller, MBA, Vice President, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Executive Director, Virginia Mason Institute
  • Rebecca Ramsay, RN, MPH, Director, Care Support Manager, CareOregon
  • Brian H. Rank, MD, Medical Director, HealthPartners Medical Group, HealthPartners, Inc.
  • Marci Sindell, Chief External Affairs Officer, Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard

It isn’t always easy to tell the story of improving health care in the US. An awful lot of the answers and promising solutions fly under the radar screen and get drowned out by politics and policy debates. That’s why Maureen Bisognano and Charlie Kenney decided to move about the country this past year and capture just a small sample of the innovation underway that promises to move health reform forward… even as national debates rage on.

What the organizations featured in Maureen and Charlie’s new book, Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs, share in common is this clear-eyed view that the status quo is not sustainable and that new models to simultaneously improve health, improve health care, and reduce per capita costs aren’t just needed, they’re needed urgently.

The organizations whose stories you can read about in the new book and that you’ll hear about on WIHI are currently in the trenches and represent a leading spear of change, tackling some of the hardest issues ever for health care. All the people associated with the work are eager to share whatever they can with as many as they can. WIHI host Madge Kaplan pulls together the program’s first ever audio “book party” with enough time to hear from all the contributors and also ask questions and engage in discussion. 

A special note to improvers in other countries and around the globe: many of you have been part of IHI’s Triple Aim prototyping initiative for the past several years or have crafted initiatives of your own. Work outside the US is also critical and vital to everyone’s learning and everyone is encouraged to participate in this WIHI discussion.



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