Applying Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Healthcare Management and Care

Applying Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Healthcare Management and Care 1

Morgan James’ new release, Agile Implementation: A Model for Implementing Evidence-Based Healthcare Solutions into Real-World Practice to Achieve Sustainable Change, by Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, Jose Azar, MD, Craig A. Solid, PhD, offers proven methods for implementing sustainable change and improvement within healthcare delivery. Within Agile Implementation, Boustani, Azar, and Solid describe the underlying theories and frameworks that currently define healthcare delivery systems and explain the eight steps of the Agile Implementation Model.

Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, Jose Azar, MD, Craig A. Solid, PhD, understand that implementing evidence-based care into real-world practices is difficult and time-consuming, as even the most effective methods have limited flexibility and fail as often as they succeed. Boustani, Azar, and Solid studied and experimented with healthcare delivery systems despite these challenges, eventually discovering how an individual’s interactions with the complex social systems of hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare providers can shape their decisions and behaviors. By leveraging theories of behavioral economics alongside their findings, they developed the Agile Implementation Model, a process for selecting, adapting, applying, evaluating, sustaining, and scaling evidence-based healthcare interventions.

Agile Implementation depicts a model that works with the unique features of a facility and those that work within it. Boustani, Azar, and Solid provide illustrative examples of today’s complex healthcare environment in order to encourage healthcare administrators and quality improvement professionals as they assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own facilities.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, or Jose Azar, MD, please visit hii.iu.edu or contact Christine Hackett at 317-278-3700.

About the Authors:

Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, is the Founding Director of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation Center and is the Founder and Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer of the Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science. The center’s mission is to generate innovations to improve patient care as it tackles systemic healthcare costs. To this end, Malaz leads a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, and engineers to develop and implement innovations that improve brain health, brain care quality, and patients and their families’ brain care experience. He is also a Research Scientist for the Regenstrief Institute and a Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Malaz lives in Indianapolis with his wife Mary and has two children, Katreen and Zayn.

Joze Azar, MD, is the Chief Quality and Safety Officer at the IU Health Academic Health Center as well as the co-founder and Chief Engagement Officer at the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science. He is also a practicing Hematologist/Oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. He graduated medical school from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Joze lives in Indianapolis with his wife Karen and two children, Christopher and Nicole.

Craig A. Solid, PhD, is the Owner and Principal of Solid Research Group, LLC in St. Paul, MN. He has worked in healthcare research and quality for twenty years, focusing on issues related to data, measurement, and value. He lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Emily and their three children, Vieva, Emmett, and Kipp.

More About This Title:

Agile Implementation: A Model for Implementing Evidence-Based Healthcare Solutions into Real-World Practice to Achieve Sustainable Change, by Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, Jose Azar, MD, Craig A. Solid, PhD, was released by Morgan James Publishing on April 28, 2020. Agile Implementation —ISBN 9781642797107—has 132 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $14.95. Visit hii.iu.edu for more information on the Agile Implementation methodology.

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