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Getting health system boards engaged in quality improvement is tricky. IHI releases new framework to help

December 11, 2018 / Paige Minemyer

ORLANDO, Fla.—Tackling quality and safety improvement in healthcare facilities is vitally important. But with its increasing complexity, health system board members may struggle to keep up. So, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has issued a framework aimed at making quality governance easier on board members who may lack clinical knowledge, and thus more effective. Released as part of IHI’s National Forum, the framework offers a baseline for a conversation about quality improvement and includes an assessment tool that allows providers to track their progress “Boards are a very underleveraged resource,” Tejal Gandhi, M.D., the institute’s chief safety officer, told reporters at the forum. “If the board is not engaged in quality and safety, it can be very hard for organizations to reach their ultimate goals.”