Mapping improvements in care

Mapping improvement in care? CMS director Don Berwick’s former employer, so to speak, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is marking the first anniversaryof its interactive quality-of-care map with a series of videos and conference calls. 

The site itself, which free, is not free of health policy jargon– forgivable since it’s targeted at a wonk audience. Here’s a translation. The site looks measures of high qaulity care.  One measure of health care improvement looks at  how at how a hospital cares for the frail elderly. Does it offer fall prevention and medication monitoring? Then, it wins points.

Here’s more in policy speak:

The IHI Improvement Map is an interactive, web-based tool designed to bring together the best knowledge available on the key process improvements that lead to exceptional patient care. It offers clear guidance through an often confusing health care landscape, helping hospitals set change agendas, establish priorities, organize work, and optimize resources.

  What is the Improvement Map?

The Improvement Map is IHI’s way to help hospitals improve patient care by focusing on an essential set of processes needed to achieve the highest levels of performance in areas that matter most to patients. The Improvement Map helps hospitals make sense of the many complex and competing demands hospitals face by offering easy-to-follow guidance through an often confusing landscape. Hospital leaders can use the Improvement Map to distill from hundreds of requirements and measurements their own agenda for change, and establish priorities, organize work, and optimize resources. In short, the Improvement Map will describe a straightforward and comprehensive process for achieving outstanding hospital care.

 

Why did IHI develop the Improvement Map?

Over the years – especially during the 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives Campaigns – health care providers have told IHI they want help making sense of the many complex and competing demands hospitals face.  IHI developed the Improvement Map to give hospitals a tool they can use to distill – from hundreds of requirements and measurements – their own agenda for change, and establish priorities, organize work, and optimize resources.  The goal of the Improvement Map is to offer clear and comprehensive processes to achieve the highest levels of performance in areas that matter most to patients.

 

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