Improvement Science and Implementation Science

in Improvement Science, Research

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Paper on Austin EMS System Profiled

in Public Relations, Public Safety, Research

In Fact Daily, an independent subsidiary of the Austin-American Statesman that covers city hall and local politics, covered a recent study soon to be published by David M. Williams, Ph.D. The paper is a study of the Austin-Travis County EMS System and is the feature article in the September 2013 Journal of Emergency Medical Services. […]

What makes a hospital (or any organization) great?

in Health Care, Public Relations, Research

On St. Patrick’s Day, the New York Times published a story about what makes hospitals great. The article was the result of a qualitative study published this week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine looking at the what distinguishes top performing hospitals from low performing hospitals in the care of acute myocardial infractions (“heart attacks”). […]