Improvement Science and Implementation Science

in Research, Uncategorized

By David M. Williams, PhD As the use of the terms ‘Improvement Science’ or the ‘Science of Improvement’ have spread across health care and education, some ask how it differs or relates to Implementation Science? While implementation, and the study of it, could apply to any sector, it appears Implementation Science had its genesis in […]

Coin Spin PDSA Exercise

in Measurement

By David M. Williams, PhD Several years ago, I was facilitating an improvement learning session and planned to use an exercise to help the participants learn how to do proper PDSAs and track data over time in a run chart. Normally, I would use my Mr. Potato Head PDSA exercise, but I didn’t want to carry […]

New Article – Leading Quality Across a System

in Education, Health Care, Leadership

The role of Chief Quality Officer (CQO) has emerged across North America and now globally over the last several years. No universal theory or professional development program existed to establish a foundation for the body of knowledge of what a CQO should include or how to lead quality across a complex health system. Dr. Williams […]

New Paper – Adverse Event Trigger Tool for EMS

in Measurement, Research

Over the last several years, through my work at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and as a subject matter expert in paramedic delivery systems, I’ve had the pleasure to work with the great team at Hamad Medical Corporation’s national ambulance service. HMC Ambulance leaders aspired to develop an ambulance trigger tool modeled after the IHI […]

The Basic Improvement Toolkit

in Education, Measurement

As an improvement advisor in large scale improvement collaboratives, one of my responsibilities is to provide instruction on the theories and tools of improvement science. A key aim is to teach this content at a level appropriate for the audience and even more importantly enable people to turn around and apply the concepts to their own work. […]

Videos: Early Years Collaborative in Scotland – PDSA Testing & Measurement

in Measurement

The Early Years Collaborative in Scotland aims to make Scotland the ‘best place to grow up’ by improving the outcomes of children from prenatal care through entry into primary school. This includes focus on prenatal care, health and wellness, childhood development, parental engagement, and improving the family environment. David M. Williams, Ph.D. (@DaveWilliamsATX) supports the […]

Did Homicides Really Go Down in Austin?

in Measurement

“Murder Numbers Decrease” is the headline in today’s Austin-American Statesman. Public safety reporter Ciara O’Rourke reports on the Austin Police Department’s homicide data released for 2013. Her report indicates there were 24 homicides in Austin in 2013 and that was the least amount in the last three years. Has the homicide rate in Austin really […]

U.K. Ambulance Today – Ambulance Trigger Tools

in Measurement, Research

The Winter edition of Ambulance Today, Europe’s leading ambulance magazine, featured an article authored by David M. Williams, Ph.D. The piece focused on efforts in the U.S.A. and U.K. to develop a Global Trigger Tool to measure patient harm in ambulance services based on the in-hospital Global Trigger Tool developed by the Institute for Healthcare […]

EMS World: A New Face of Improvement

in Public Relations

John Erich, Associate Editor for EMS World, authored a feature article titled A New Face of Improvement: How the theories of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement are affecting patient care and EMS. The article featured David M. Williams, Ph.D. and IHI Executive Director Frank Federico, RPh. and describes some of the core concepts from the […]

The Opt In to My eMailing List Test

in Uncategorized

For some time, I have been thinking about how to keep in touch with people in my professional world. I have tested using twitter and facebook accounts for DMWAustin and LinkedIn and am still learning of their value for me and to you all. I’ve also had a desire to develop an emailing list that […]