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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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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“First Five” Quality Improvement Program Increases Adherence and Continuity with Well-child Care

Alumni of IHQSE’s Certificate Training Program publish outcomes resulting from a series of interventions aimed at improving adherence with recommended well-child checks and continuity of care with the same provider in the first year of a child’s life. Using the medical home concept as a guide, this team’s program showed increased adherence with first five visits in the first year of life from 25% to 78% with sustained improvement in subsequent years.
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