Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Join IHI for Annual Conference on Improving Health and Health Care

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, newly merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), and thousands of physicians, nurses, quality leaders, administrators, front-line staff, researchers, public health and community leaders, quality and safety professionals, patients and patient advocates, and students sharing new approaches to improving the health and health care of patients and communities.

IHI Announces Safety Culture and Technology Innovator Award Recipients

A pioneer in the use of medical simulation and a team that introduced a hospital-wide, automated hand hygiene monitoring program have been chosen to receive the 2017 IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Awards. The awards will be conferred on September 28 at the 10th Annual IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner in Newton, Massachusetts.

IHI/NPSF Project Seeks to Improve Assessment and Management of Acute Pain

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in May, has received support from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to develop a tool to help reduce harm to patients from the over administering of opioids to treat acute pain. The tool will specifically address patients being treated in inpatient and emergency department settings.

IHI Board of Directors Adds New Members, Appoints New Board Chair

As part of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) recent merger with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), IHI today announced the appointment of four former NPSF Board members to the IHI Board of Directors. New members of the IHI Board include Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Customer Relations, The Joint Commission; Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Senior Vice President, Quality, Safety, & Risk Prevention, Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Mary Beth Navarra-Sirio, RN, MBA, Principal, Sirio2 Healthcare Innovations; and Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center. In addition, current board member, Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health, assumes the role of IHI Board Chair, previously held by Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System.

Breaking the Rules and Shaping the Future of Health Care

Members of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Leadership Alliance are convinced that with or without formal changes in federal law, health care organizations must act to improve care and reduce health care costs. That’s why leaders from more than 40 health systems across the US and Canada have been working together to develop fresh ideas and to keep the momentum going on improving quality in health care.

WIHI: Tuning Up Health System Boards for Patient Safety

September 15, 2017 | What do we need and expect from trustees of health systems when it comes to their oversight of quality and safety? This WIHI discusses some of the latest thinking on more effectively engaging boards in quality and safety.

IHI and Brazil's Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Expand Successful Approach to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections

Building on the work of a successful 18-month demonstration project, today the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Brazil’s Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE) announced they have received $1.5 million in funding from Merck for Mothers* for a continuation of Projeto Parto Adequado (PPA), which encourages vaginal birth among low-risk women in public and private hospitals in Brazil.

Packers, Titletown District Host International Health Care Group

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Strategic Partner Summer Camp took place at the Green Bay Packers' Titletown Disctrict. The event included 80 attendees from England, Scotland, Sweden, Brazil, Qatar, Denmark and across the United States. IHI seeks to improve delivery of health care around the world.

IHI Partners with South Africa National Department of Health on Initiative to Improve Tuberculosis Care and Outcomes

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a four-year quality improvement (QI) initiative to reduce deaths from tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. The initiative has been co-designed with the South Africa National Department of Health (NDoH) and other partners, and will be the first country-wide TB effort of its kind to utilize QI methodologies at both local and national levels.

Patient Safety in the Home: Assessment of Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Based on a scan of peer-reviewed and grey literature and subject matter expert interviews, this report examines challenges related to patient safety in the home, including fragmentation of care; household hazards; ill-prepared family caregivers; limited training and regulation of home care workers; inadequate communication among patients, caregivers, and providers; and misaligned payment incentives.

SIDM and IHI Issue RFP for Interventions to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy

​The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which recently merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation, have received a $725,100 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to better understand how delayed or wrong diagnoses happen and to test strategies to reduce them.

IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work

With burnout and staff turnover in health care continuing to rise at alarming rates, this white paper describes four steps leaders can take to improve joy in work; a framework with nine critical components for ensuring a joyful, engaged workforce; key change ideas; and measurement and assessment tools.

RWJF Awards $6.3 Million to 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative, to Foster Healthier, More Equitable Communities

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) today announced an award of $6.3 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that will lead to the expansion of an initiative to advance the health, wellbeing, and equity of communities. The initiative offers community health leaders a groundbreaking opportunity to combine improvement science with transformational leadership skills in order to effect greater, more sustainable change.