Quality improvement consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups. While each quality improvement program may appear different, successful programs always incorporate these principles: Quality improvement work that focuses on systems and processes, patients, teamwork; and work that is data driven.1 Quality and patient safety professionals are an integral part of the success of today’s modern healthcare systems.

The Utah Association of Healthcare Quality (UAHQ) is a non-profit organization for healthcare quality professionals in all settings. UAHQ provides educational, leadership development, and networking opportunities to healthcare quality professionals. UAHQ supports healthcare quality professionals in managing processes to further the National Quality Strategy; the triple aim of better health and better care at a reasonable cost; and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) aims for care that is patient-centered, safe, timely, effective, efficient, and equitable.

We do this by providing education and resources related to care transitions, change management, data and analytics, facilitation, leadership, Lean and Six Sigma, patient safety, population health, process and performance improvement, process mapping and measuring, and regulatory and/or accreditation standards.

1 http://www.hrsa.gov/quality/toolbox/methodology/qualityimprovement