All posts by IOM Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative

At this meeting, participants will review tools, strategies, and priorities in the roles of clinicians, patients, and families in shared decision making for advanced illness and end-of-life circumstances; review progress and next steps related to stakeholder roles in transforming shared decision making into a routine element of patient care; and identify possible collaborative activities for ECIC participants to facilitate progress. More

Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress

With support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a committee to identify core measures for health and health care. In VITAL SIGNS: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress, the committee proposes a streamlined set of 15 standardized mea­sures, with recommendations for their application at every level and across sec­tors. Ultimately, the committee concludes that this streamlined set of measures could provide consistent benchmarks for health progress across the nation and improve system performance in the highest-priority areas.


Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and its Translation to the Civilian Sector

As the war in Afghanistan ends and as individuals leave the military, there is concern that experience and knowledge pertaining to advances gained from the wars may be lost within the military itself. Intentional steps to codify and garner the lessons within the military’s learning health system and promote their translation to the civilian sector are needed to ensure a ready military medical force for future combat operations. More systematic efforts to translate military advances in trauma care to the civilian community has the additional purpose of improving the response to multiple casualty events in the civilian setting such as mass shootings, stabbings and improvised explosive devices. In this context, the Institute of Medicine has convened an ad committee to ensure lessons learned from the military’s knowledge-generating research investment are sustained and built upon for future combat operations, and translated into the U.S. civilian health system. More

The Neuroscience of Gaming: Workshop in Brief

More than 1.2 billion people worldwide play video games (online, via console, mobile phone, and other wireless devices), and many may be unaware that programmers often incorporate neuroscience into game design. Given the high prevalence of gaming in today’s society, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted the Social Issues Roundtable at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting on November 16, 2014, in Washington, DC, to explore the neuroscience of video games, with emphasis on relevant scientific, ethical,and societal issues. More

Appropriate Use of Advanced Technologies for Radiation and Surgery

This IOM workshop will examine the clinical benefits and comparative effectiveness of emerging advanced technologies for cancer treatment in radiation therapy and surgery. Workshop participants will discuss current utilization patterns, with a focus on diffusion of new technologies into oncology practice, as well as evidence on the overuse, underuse, and misuse of these technologies, and potential strategies to assess the value and define optimal use of new technologies in cancer treatment. More

Workshop on Glutamate-related Biomarkers in Drug Development for Disorders of the Nervous System

The goal of the workshop was to present promising current and emerging technologies with potential as reliable glutamate biomarkers, and to outline strategies to accelerate development, validation, and implementation of these biomarkers as powerful tools to advance drug development for nervous system disorders associated with glutamatergic dysfunction.