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Ep1: Complex Systems & the Improvement Toolbox | Dr Kedar Mate

Ep1: Complex Systems & the Improvement Toolbox | Dr Kedar Mate

Insights from the leader of the globally renowned Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"When you face those problems, you have a couple of choices, right?

You can say, these problems are too big for me and I can't solve them. Or you can say, these problems are going to persist unless I do something about them"

— Dr Kedar Mate, President and CEO of the Institue for Healthcare Improvement

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In this episode, President and CEO of the IHI, Dr Kedar Mate discusses his approach to complex systems, values-based leadership and the improvement toolbox. He begins by reflecting on his upbringing and the formative years that impact his values. While working for Partners in Health, he saw first-hand how to approach complex problems while working in Peru.

He goes on to highlight the importance of using values-based leadership and the utility of the Quality Improvement (QI) skill set. Next, Dr Mate elaborates on some of the challenges with QI, as well as some of the successes with nationwide healthcare models.

We conclude with his reflections on taking on the role as the leader of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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About the guest: Dr Kedar Mate, MD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mate’s scholarly work has focused on healthcare quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving health equity and value.

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