Introduction: While quality improvement (QI) initiatives can be a highly effective means for improving health care delivery in academic medical centers (AMCs), many health care professionals are not formally trained in basic QI methodology, engaging clinicians in QI activities can be challenging, and there is often a lack of integration and coordination among QI functions (eg, Departments of Quality and Safety, Continuing Professional Development). In our AMC, we undertook a collaborative approach to achieve better vertical and horizontal integration of our QI education efforts. This article provides a case example describing our organizational context, what was done, and with what effect and makes our example and lessons learned available to others. Methods: We developed a new educational QI program that was jointly planned and implemented by a group comprising major QI stakeholders. This project was intended to create horizontal organizational linkages between continuing professional development, clinicians, the hospital, and QI department and produce QI activities that aligned with the strategic objectives of senior management. Results: The group developed and implemented a curriculum based on Lean methodology and concepts from the Institute for Health Care Improvement Model for Improvement. Two cohorts (27 teams) completed the training and planned and implemented QI projects. All projects were aligned with organizational quality, safety, and patient experience goals. The majority of projects met their aim statements. Discussion: This case description provides an example of successful horizontal integration of an AMCs’ QI functions to disseminate knowledge and implement meaningful QI aligned with strategic objectives (vertical integration).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions|
|State||Published - 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to thank Carolyn Wilson, former COO, Fairview Health Systems; University of Minnesota Health Performance Improvement Department, and current COO, Beaumont Health, South Field, Michigan, for her support in developing this program.
- Academic medical center
- Clinician training
- Continuing professional development
- Organization learning and change
- Performance improvement
- Quality improvement
- Quality improvement/six sigma/lean
- Strategic issues in CME/CPD
- Strategic quality initiatives