Looking Forward with the Triple Aim
Feb25

Looking Forward with the Triple Aim

It is surprising that we have no good metrics to track our progress toward the Triple Aim. We have lagging numbers on what we spend as a nation and debatable public health indicators of gross population metrics. No one knows how many healthcare organizations have incorporated the Triple Aim into their strategic plans. We have very little to help us judge what organizations are accomplishing and no way of comparing their results to...

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Leaping Barriers to the Triple Aim
Feb17

Leaping Barriers to the Triple Aim

In  “The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Costs” Berwick, Nolan and Whittington describe American healthcare as the most fragmented, most expensive and least effective care delivery system among all of the advanced economies of the world, and they identify the barriers to improvement. Their assertion remains a triple surprise for me. First, it was a true statement. Second, it did not disturb more people. Third, it is still true. The...

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Making the Triple Aim a Common Vision
Feb12

Making the Triple Aim a Common Vision

The core ideas of what the IHI calls the Triple Aim were articulated by Robert Ebert, Dean of Harvard Medical School in 1965. Our understanding of the Triple Aim was accelerated by two important books, To Err is Human (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001), which  described safety, patient centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness and equity as “systems properties” in high functioning systems of care. The Triple Aim is...

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Lean Supports Healthcare Service and Leadership
Feb02

Lean Supports Healthcare Service and Leadership

It is paradoxical that despite all of the opportunities for professional satisfaction in healthcare,  one of the issues of greatest concern that challenges the Triple Aim is the emotional health and happiness of healthcare professionals. Healthcare is populated by very competent and caring people who chose their profession because of their desire to contribute to better care. Many of those same people are becoming disillusioned, angry...

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