Always Striving for Continuous Healthcare Improvement

As National Quality Care Week 2013 draws to a close, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share a few quality improvement-related blog posts from our friends at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

For more than 25 years, IHI has partnered with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. To advance their mission, IHI’s work is focused in five key areas: Improvement Capability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and Triple Aim for Populations.

148956087 (2)Improving Care for Frail Older Adults: An Interview with Andrea Kabcenell: This Q&A-format blog post examines the challenges and opportunities for better serving the healthcare needs of frail older adults.

Four Mistakes of Cost Reduction in Health Care: IHI’s study of hospitals and physician organizations that are trying to lower total costs while maintaining quality and safe care has revealed clear pitfalls. This blog post features four common mistakes that health care leaders make when under pressure to reduce costs.

Benchmarking for Improvement: Reducing Health Disparities: “How much, by when?” is a common mantra among improvement scientists. It reminds us that when defining our aims, it is important to set clear, specific, time-bound targets. Clear goals are measurable and unambiguous, but being realistic is just as important as being specific. This blog post discusses how to set realistic targets for improvement.

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