At a three-day symposium in Orlando, Florida ending tomorrow, March 22, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has successfully drawn over 800 participants together to network and communally gather updates on industry care standards.
Focusing on workforce wellbeing and overall health within communities, the 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community offers breakout sessions, mini-courses, learning labs and workshop events for a wide range of practitioners, from primary care professionals to specialized clinics as well as government, community and academic centers.
Acknowledging that low morale is a pervasive risk in the field, IHI President/CEO Derek Feeley and SVP Dr. Trissa Torres asked the participants, “What brings you joy in work?” in their opening remarks.
“Collectively, we have a big job to do now,” Torres said. “We must lead through a tumultuous time of change…obtain better outcomes…and eliminate health inequities. To get there, we will need to harness all of our energy…by bringing joy to our workplaces. Ultimately, it may be less about our skills, expertise, and technology and more about how we work together and also how we support one another as we learn to care for patients more collaboratively and effectively.”
The initiative presents an opportunity for closer study of topics such as population management, patients with complex medical profiles, and preventing employee burnout. Discussions also examine behavioral approaches and whole system change.
“2016 is the year for clinical leaders and improvers to collaborate with one another, in consultation with patients and families, to lead change from the inside out,” Feeley said. “By working to redesign the system in partnership with our peers, communities, employers, and payers, we start to move the needle toward a better, more effective system that cares for the individual and for the population.”