The IHC Drumbeat is a bi-weekly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources.


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Interested in learning more about patient safety? Consider attending the IHC Patient Safety Conference on March 12, 2015 at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

The focus for this year’s conference will be on achieving and sustaining significant improvement in patient safety, patient and family engagement and how to be ready for any change in the road.

Keynote speaker Gary Yates, MD, President of Sentara Quality Care Network and Health Care Performance Improvement, LLC in Norfolk, Virginia, will address how a growing number of healthcare organizations are employing high reliability and safety strategies from other industries to achieve and sustain significant improvement in patient safety.

Also featured at the conference will be the presentation of the 2015 Patient Safety Awards!
Interested in attending?  Follow this link!

Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely® is a national initiative of the ABIM Foundation to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is provided at the right time.  Through participating organizations, including more than 60 professional medical societies, Choosing Wisely has been able to offer resources for both providers and patients focusing on the latest evidence-based recommendations and best practices.  These resources can be valuable tools in the effort to improve care and eliminate unnecessary testing and procedures.
  • Things Providers and Patients Should QuestionLists of specific, evidence-based recommendations from healthcare provider organizations that providers and patients should discuss in order to make decisions about most appropriate care.  Includes “Top 5” recommendations for providers and supporting patient education materials.
  • High Value Care (HCV) Initiative– Free online continuing education made available through Choosing Wisely and the American College of Physicians.  Consists of five online cases and questions, each lasting 30-60 minutes, with free CME and ABIM Maintenance of Certification credits.
  • Choosing Wisely in Iowa – Specific Choosing Wisely information and resources for Iowans, including the “Iowa 5” top recommendations for Iowa providers developed by Iowa stakeholders, as well featured information for Iowa patients.  

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2015: "Hiding in Plain Sight." This is a webinar from the American Medical Group Foundation featuring speakers from Millions Hearts® and American Medical Association. Click this link for more information.

February 21-22, 2015: "Tai Chi for Arthritis Falls Prevention - Instructor Training Workshop" This event is located in Clive, Iowa. For more information, click this link.

March 19, 2015: "Closing the Gap on Disparities." This is a webinar from the American Medical Group Foundation featuring speakers from Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. Click this link for more information.

March 30-April 1, 2015: "Population Management Executive Development Program." The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will be organizing this event.  For more information, click this link.

April 28, 2015: "Just Culture: Moving Beyond 'No Harm/No Foul.'" This event will feature speaker David Marx, JD, internationally recognized Just Culture pioneer. For more information, click this link.


HEN 2.0 Funding Opportunity has been released and IHC will be applying!

Dr. Evans is speaking at the first quarter IHA District Meetings.

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Next IHC What's Up Call:
April 14, 2015
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