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Quality Improvement Basics

A strong quality improvement (QI) strategy is key to:

  • Reducing cost
  • Improving outcomes
  • Enhancing patient experience
  • Improving the work life of staff
  • Ensuring patient safety
  • Streamlining processes to optimize efficiencies

Health care organizations need an organized QI strategy to survive and thrive as we move to value-based reimbursement, and each entity has opportunities to improve nearly every aspect of their health care service delivery. Recall the mantra, “Measure. Improve. Measure.” Regardless of the framework used (e.g., Model for Improvement, Six Sigma), the basic principles are the same and are fairly intuitive to most people. At Comagine Health, we believe that QI should be hardwired into our culture and should involve all staff. We offer this small set of basic tools for those seeking to leverage QI to identify opportunities to improve health care service delivery.

Quality Improvement Tools