National Academy of Medicine

Continuous Adoption of Best Practices: The New Normal

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 23, 2012 | Commentary

The health care field is filled with committed and passionate professionals from all disciplines delivering and improving patient care every day in our country. And over the last several years, the volume of innovation and the creation of new best practices have been occurring at a rapid pace. This includes new checklists, new care bundles, new technologies, and new and redesigned processes of care and service. The result is countless stories of improved outcomes from every type of health care delivery organization and from every part of the country. The opportunity now in front of us is to identify and implement the most effective ways to spread improvement so that we can continuously adopt best practices.



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