Podcast #245 – Dr. Tom Evans, Improving Healthcare Quality in Iowa

tom evansToday is the first of two episodes that I’ll post here during Patient Safety Awareness Week. I agree with the National Patient Safety Foundation that every day should be patient safety day.

I’m sure my guest for episode #245 would agree with that. He is Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, the President and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. I’ve know Dr. Evans for many years, but was prompted to do the podcast by this editorial he wrote in the Des Moines Register: “Iowa hospitals succeed at keeping patients safe.”

In this episode, we talk about the progress being made in Iowa hospitals, what they are doing, and the lessons learned. Dr. Evans talks about his early days as a physician, when he often asked, “How do we do this better?” This led to his efforts to improve healthcare quality and safety and his collaboration with others.

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Videos With Dr. Tom Evans & The IHC


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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Dean Bliss says:

    Nice interview. I enjoyed my time at the IHC. I’m pleased to see the impact they have had on healthcare in Iowa.

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