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By ISQua Tuesday. Mar 1, 2016

All In: Utilizing Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care

More than 35 healthcare professionals including industry-recognized gurus Donald Berwick, M.D., MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Dennis Wagner, MPA, Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, joined forces to write a powerful new book about healthcare collaboratives.  


Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this book captures an enormous wealth of experience by healthcare professionals who have designed and run healthcare collaboratives around the world.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s work in patient care focuses on improving the experience and outcomes of patients by meaningfully engaging patients and their families in the care they receive, and by redesigning the healthcare delivery system to operate more effectively and intelligently for their benefit.


'In the face of ever-accelerating rates of health reform, the ability to quickly learn and adapt is an increasingly essential survival skill. Collaborative learning, as this book illustrates, is a powerful method to rapidly spread knowledge. Yet knowledge comes in two flavors – “knowledge that” and “knowledge how.” Knowing that a bicycle has two wheels, a seat, handlebars and a foot-pedal crank, for example, stands in sharp contrast to the practical knowledge of how to ride a bike. 

This book assembles the world’s leading experts around healthcare collaborative learning, where “all teach, all learn” to massively accelerate learning and effective change. They share both the theory (knowledge that) and principles of practical application (knowledge how). Their complementary viewpoints and varied practical examples illuminate the central issues and core principles from every angle. That’s what makes it possible to apply these methods to the unique circumstances of any actual healthcare organization.' Brent James, M.D., MStat Chief Quality Officer Intermountain Health Care (source - Testimonial for All In: Utilizing Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care)

To find out more and to download the first chapzter by Joe McCannon (Co-Founder and Principal, The Billions Institute) visit the Cynosure Health website.


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