Health care quality leader to close convention

Health care quality leader Laura Adams will discuss how achievement of the “triple aim” of better health, better health care and lower costs involves more than just what goes on in the hospital or the physician office to close the 90th Annual SDAHO Convention in September.

Adams, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), says that the best results are coming from active communities where information flows in from new sources and there is genuine engagement in the lives of patients.

Adams’ extensive experience at the forefront of health care quality and IT is impressive and includes:

  • Service on the ONC’s HIT Policy Committee’s Governance Panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network
  • Membership in the newly-launched HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group
  • Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Planning Committee for the “Digital Infrastructure for Population Health and a Learning Healthcare System” workshop series
  • Lead role on governance consulting for the Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP) Initiative, a RWJF-funded collaboration among the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the Boards
  • and Societies of Internal Medicine, Family Physicians and Pediatrics

  • Founder, President and CEO of Decision Support Systems, a New York-based company specializing in Internet-based healthcare decision support
  • Faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston since its inception
  • Direction of the IHI Idealized Design of the Intensive Care Unit project and service as faculty in the VHA’s ICU improvement collaborative
  • Service as IHI faculty at the inaugural IHI Middle East Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare in Doha, Qatar

Adams will share her belief that “come and get it care” is a thing of the past and a long-overdue respect for patient-reported data is emerging. She will discuss how the work of health IT and quality improvement leaders are essential business strategies in health care organizations of all sizes and types.