QI 101 Lesson 1: Health and Health Care Today
The US is a world leader when it comes to complicated, high-tech interventions, but it falls short in many other dimensions of care. It spends twice as much on health care as other rich countries yet leaves millions of Americans uninsured. It’s a nation founded on the notion of equality, but poor Americans get worse care than the rich do. In this lesson, you’ll learn how the ideal US health care system matches up to the reality of it. You’ll also see how health systems around the world are facing similar challenges and how countries can study and learn from one another.
Estimated Time of Completion: 15 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Describe how the rapid evolution of medical science and technology is changing health care.
2. Describe common challenges for health care systems around the world.
3. List examples of the need for improvement in health care in regard to quality and access.
Robert Lloyd, PhD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Sandy Murray, MA, Improvement Advisor, CT Concepts View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
James Moses, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Quality Improvement, Associate CQO, Boston Medical Center View Profile
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You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.