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Quality & Safety Innovation Challenge

The Quality & Safety Innovation Challenge (QSIC) offers an opportunity for DOM faculty, trainees, and staff to work collaboratively in teams over the course of 9 months to design and implement innovative solutions aimed at improving patient care. The goal of this initiative is to engage individuals and teams across the DOM to lead improvement projects that transform the ways we deliver care to our patients.

Participating teams are formed each fall and submit a project proposal to formally enter the QSIC. Thematic focus areas are selected and aligned with Departmental and Medical Center priorities. These include:

  1. Quality Improvement: improving the quality of care we provide, including adherence to clinical guidelines, achieving quality metrics, increased access to clinical services, etc.
  2. Patient Safety: creating a safer environment by promoting medication safety, teamwork and communication, a culture of safety, follow-up of pending tests, etc.
  3. Choosing Wisely & Value-based Care: promoting efficient resource utilization and reducing unnecessary diagnostic testing, procedures and/or other treatments, Choosing Wisely recommended metrics, etc.
  4. The Patient Experience: fostering a patient-centered environment, engaging patients and their families in care, creative solutions to increasing patient satisfaction, etc.

Teams work through the course of the year, participate in QSIC workshops for project guidance, and submit their work each spring. The projects are ultimately presented with a celebration of the efforts at the Departmental Quality & Safety Symposium. The symposium also includes an award ceremony.

Please view the 2010-11 QSIC Featured Projects
Please view the 2011-12 QSIC Featured Projects
Please view the 2012-13 QSIC Featured Projects
Please view the 2013-14 QSIC Featured Projects
Please view the 2014-15 QSIC Featured Projects

For additional details about the QSIC, please review our 2014-15 program announcement, a poster describing the 2010-11 initiative, and an article published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

For questions or additional information please contact us.

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