TA 101: Introduction to the Triple Aim for Populations*
You might think we do a pretty good job of providing care to individuals with illnesses and diseases. And, by and large, we do. But it's important to take a step back and consider the factors contributing to illness. It’s important to realize that things like education, the environment, and wealth (and how it’s distributed) play an enormous role in health outcomes, too. In this course, you’ll learn that to make progress combating many of the most important threats to human health, it’s not enough to improve clinical care for one patient at a time. We also have to focus on improving the health of entire populations. 

The Triple Aim for populations is a three-part aim — better care for individuals, better health for populations, at a lower cost. This course will explore why each dimension is an essential part of improving health and health care. And we'll explore how you can promote the Triple Aim in your organization and in your daily work.

*This course is required for the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety.

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Estimated Time of Completion: 2 hours
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 7/23/2012
Last Update Date: 8/15/2016
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the three components of the IHI Triple Aim for populations.
2. Explain the responsibilities of clinicians and health care systems in optimizing population-level outcomes with available resources.
3. Understand medical care as one determinant of the overall health of a population, and the relationship of health care quality and safety to population health.
4. Provide examples of population-level interventions designed to improve overall health and reduce costs of care.
Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH, Professor, Harvard University Medical School View Profile
Laura Fink, Director, Editorial and Online Learning, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Madge Kaplan, Director of Communications, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
David Kindig, M.D., Rh.D, Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin View Profile
Niñon Lewis, Head of Content Portfolios, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
James Moses, MD, MPH, Chief Quality Officer, Boston Medical Center View Profile
Continuing Education
ABIM US Physician CME/MOC 2.00 Credit hours UPN# 201472211
Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality 2.00 Credit hours
General Attendance 2.00 Credit hours
International General 2.00 Credit hours
Nursing Contact Hours 2.00 Credit hours
Pharmacist CPE 2.00 Credit hours UPN# JA0004698-0000-20-010-H05-P
US Physician CME 2.00 Credit hours

In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for CPHQ CE credit.
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this course.
You must complete all the lessons within this course and achieve a minimum score of 75% in order to receive credit for the course.