Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Make Your Wishes Known

Remarks from IHI's Kate DeBartolo are included in this article about advance care planning for cancer patients.

An Inside Look at the Health of America and Its Communities

Commentary from IHI's Ninon Lewis and Soma Stout are included in this article, which accompanied the publication’s release of its second annual Healthiest Communities ranking. Ninon’s remarks focus on the need for health systems to continue to think beyond the walls of traditional medical care in order to address the challenges which prevent people from staying healthy. Soma’s commentary highlights the existence of deep-rooted inequities in US communities which impact overall health and wellbeing.

As Home Care Expands, Let's Make It Safer For Everyone

IHI, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recently completed a two-part project, including convening an expert panel, to better understand the extent of safety issues in home care, what infrastructure already exist to advance safe care, and what the path forward looks like to reduce the risks for both care recipients and their caregivers. This blog post presents key findings from the project, with emphasis on the home care workforce. With home care being the fastest-growing piece of the health care pie, the time is ripe to take steps to improve safety.

Medicare Penalizing 15 Arizona Hospitals Over Patient Safety Issues

Commentary from Don Goldmann is included in this article about a patient safety penalty program. In his remarks, which close out the story, Don advocates for more transparency, noting that hospitals do their patients a public service by making available key quality and safety measures and providing explanations for low ratings.

Does Your Health System Board Know How to Oversee Quality?

This article focuses on research by IHI's Lucian Leape Institute which included more than 60 interviews with thought leaders in governance education, representatives of state hospital associations, board leaders and health system leaders, and found that boards are increasingly devoting time to overseeing quality but aren’t confident they are doing the right work.

Directing Change - How a Hospital Transformed

This is a commentary from Uma Kotagal in which she describes Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s participation in the Pursuing Perfection Initiative, stating that the grant the hospital received as part of the effort included important improvement training from IHI.