42% Reduction in Readmission Rate in Medical Patients


Reduced no-show rate from 37% to 16% amongst high-risk patients living with HIV.


Handshake Stewardship Program becomes National Standard for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

The Joint Commission


48% Reduction in 1-year Mortality in Hip Fracture Patients


$2 Million Annual Reduction in Antibiotic Costs


$3 Million Annual Savings with Earlier Palliative Care Intervention

The mission of the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety & Efficiency is to create healthcare systems that ensure every patient receives the highest quality of care while avoiding harm, minimizing inefficiencies, and developing leaders in quality and safety.

Transformation, Not Just Education

At IHQSE our overarching goal is to fundamentally improve the care provided to patients by developing people, improving care processes and building higher-achieving organizations. 

In other words, our goal is to transform:

to transform


We develop the capacity of frontline clinicians to drive change.

to transform


We drive improvements in clinical care processes, leading to better outcomes.

to transform


 We help build higher-performing systems through sustained changes.

Results that Matter

Our formula for transformation combines expert training, intensive, tailored coaching, a deep catalog of successful projects to tap into, and a relentless drive for outcomes.

500+ qi/ps projects completed
$200 million in reduced inefficiencies
200K patients impacted
150+ Graduates in Quality or Health System Leadership Positions
2 to 5 improvement in CMS star rating

*IHQSE supported improvement at the University of Colorado Hospital

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For over a decade, our dedicated faculty have built an integrated set of programs aimed at developing programmatic leaders in quality, creating high-quality, safe and efficient clinical care processes and, ultimately, driving profound organization-level improvements.  Here are just a few of our recent successes. 

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Study Shows Opioid-Sparing Analgesia Protocols Result in Better Post-Op Pain Control, Reduced Need for Opioids

IHQSE Faculty, Dr. Sarah Tevis, co-authored a study showing that lumpectomy patients who received a perioperative opioid-sparing multimodal analgesia protocol reported significantly lower postoperative pain and were able to be discharged without an opioid prescription. This publication in Annals of Surgical Oncology showed the reduction of excess opioids available for diversion--made possible by implementing opioid-sparing multimodal analgesia.
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Survey Shows Opportunity to Improve Communication Between Surgical Residents and Faculty

IHQSE Faculty, Dr. Sarah Tevis and team, published findings of a study which assessed opioid prescribing preferences for acute postoperative pain. Surgical residents reported that faculty preferences for opioid prescribing are a significant driver in their prescribing practices, inadvertently resulting in variability from established prescribing guidelines. Surgeons were surveyed about their preferences for prescribing opioids; those responses were then compared with actual prescribing practices and prescribing guidelines determined by the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network. Results of the survey suggest that there is a disconnect in communication between residents and faculty as well as opportunity for enhanced education on prescribing guidelines.
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