This Month – October 2015


Tom Harvey takes us on a month-long tour of the improvement and innovation universe from October 2015.

  1. Boston University School of Medicine – New centre to focus on improving healthcare delivery: BUSM’s new ‘Centre for Implementation and Improvement Sciences’ set up to serve as ‘methodological hub’ for evaluating the science behind healthcare delivery.
  1. Hospitals & Health Networks – IHI lays out 10 ways to radically transform healthcare: Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement gave a talk at the International Hospital Federation’s World Hospital Congress on how we must think outside the box and embrace a new set of guidelines in order to radically improve healthcare.
  1. IHI – Maureen Bisognano to retire as President and CEO at the of year: Bisognano’s 20-year employment with the organisation, founded by Donald M. Berwick, will come to an end this year, with vice-president Derek Feeley as her successor, effective from January 1, 2016.
  1. The Sheffield Star – Improving Sheffield’s health needs a shot in the arm: Life expectancy for both men and women is rising year on year but a big ‘step change’ is needed in order for the city to achieve its goal of becoming one of the country’s healthiest cities, says report.
  1. The Guardian Living – The best benefit of gardening? Mental health improvement: The charity Thrive has hailed the benefits of getting outside in the garden on mental health wellbeing. October 10th was World Mental Health day and people are being encouraged get outdoors this autumn.
  1. The Guardian – Healthcare innovation causes bad blood in US: The Wall Street Journal have quelled Californian start-up company Theranus’ claims to have been using a ‘revolutionary’ and ‘innovative’ method of extracting blood from patients.

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