1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit: A Focus on Communities http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11085.html
In January 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was pleased to convene the 1st Annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit. This was a high-energy endeavor designed to move us closer to realizing the vision for the nation’s health care system described in the 2001 IOM report Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. That report called for fundamental redesign of the current system. To begin this transformation, the report recommended focusing on a set of priority conditions, taking into account frequency, burden, and resource use. A subsequent IOM report, Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality identified 20 such areas, 5 of which— asthma, depression, diabetes, heart failure, and pain control in advanced cancer—were initially targeted for the summit’s work.
At the summit, representatives of innovative communities from across the country joined forces with national leaders and organizations to identify strategies for achieving high-quality care for patients burdened with these five chronic illnesses. The synergy between local and national leaders at the summit was strong, and the strategies put forth are actionable now. The essential goal is to close the gap between what we know to be best practice and how care is routinely delivered today.
Although much work remains to achieve the kind of fundamental change called for in the Quality Chasm report, it is apparent that we are well on our way. I applaud the communities and national champions who participated in the summit for their creative approaches and their dedication to improving the quality and safety of health care for all Americans.
Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. President, Institute of Medicine August 2004
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