“Quality improvement is the combined and unceasing efforts of everyone – healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, payers, planners and educators – to make changes that will lead to better patient outcomes (health), better system performance (care) and better processional development (learning).”
Batalden et al 2007
One of our objectives is to prepare the primary care workforce to address geriatric conditions as part of their practice. As such, we will engage 2 – 4 primary care practices annually to take on geriatrics focused quality improvement projects. We will provide technical assistance and coordinate quarterly Learning Collaborative meetings to bring about practice change.
Improving the quality and value of health care of older adults in your clinical practice.
Learn how to support change in your clinic through collaborative learning and achieve breakthrough improvement.
Attend educational didactics using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology.
Project leads and teams participate in quarterly meetings to help carry out their activities and achieve their aims.
Our Quality Improvement Partner
Sharon Eloranta, MD
Sharon I. Eloranta, MD, is the Medical Director for Quality and Safety Initiatives at Qualis Health in Seattle. She provides leadership and consultation for a variety of patient safety and quality improvement programs including Patient Centered Medical Home initiatives, and the CMS programs focusing on Patient Safety, Care Transitions, and value-based purchasing. Dr. Eloranta is a George W. Merck Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a member of the IHI faculty. Dr. Eloranta is an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington in the Health Services Department.
Quality Improvement Webinar Series
4/29/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: Watch One, Do One, Teach One, Sharon Eloranta, MD
5/6/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: Process Improvement, Sharon Eloranta, MD
5/20/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: “Software” Issues, Human Factors, Patient-Centered Care, Sharon Eloranta, MD
Our Funded QI Projects
Yu Teng, MD
Family Medicine Residency Providence St. Peter, Olympia, WA
Online problem-solving intervention for behaviors in dementia
Carrie Rubenstein, MD
Family Medicine Residency / Geriatric Fellowship, Swedish Medical Center – First Hill, Seattle, WA
Improving access to behavioral health of caregivers of frail elders
Adriana Linares, MD
Family Medicine Residency Southwest, Peacehealth, Vancouver, WA
Polypharmacy / High Risk Medicines
Micalyn Powers, MD
Family Medicine Residency Community Health of Central WA, Ellensburg, WA
Group Medical Visit Model for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visits