Saturday, July 16, 2005

Saving Lives: US Health Care Improvement

Topic: Management Improvement

8 part special report by US News and Word Report on improving the US Health Care system.

Join IHI in an ambitious initiative called the 100K Lives Campaign. Its goal is to save 100,000 hospital patients' lives by 9 a.m. on June 14, 2006, exactly 18 months from Berwick's call to arms, by introducing six changes in hospital procedures. Each change addresses a problem, such as deaths from infections following surgery, and presents an arsenal of weapons to fight it, such as tighter timing of antibiotic doses before surgery.

I have long felt the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Don Berwick were the leaders in health care management improvement. The Breakthrough Series is a great white paper on an excellent improvement methodology IHI developed and use. IHI white paper library.

A Breakthrough Series Collaborative is a short-term (6- to 15-month) learning system that brings together a large number of teams from hospitals or clinics to seek improvement in a focused topic area. Since 1995, IHI has sponsored over 50 such Collaborative projects on several dozen topics involving over 2,000 teams from 1,000 health care organizations.
Teams in such Collaboratives have achieved dramatic results, including reducing waiting times by 50 percent, reducing worker absenteeism by 25 percent, reducing ICU costs by 25 percent, and reducing hospitalizations for patients with congestive heart failure by 50 percent.

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