The Institute of Medicine's Health Care Quality Initiative
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a nonprofit organization that provides guidance to the Nation on issues related to biomedical science, medicine, and health. The Institute of Medicine's Health Care Quality Initiative was launched in 1996 as an ongoing effort focused on assessing and improving the Nation's quality of care. The initiative is divided into three phases:
- The first phase (1996-1999) brought to light the Nation's overall quality problem and outlined the gulf between good quality care and what really exists.
- The second phase (1999-2001) described a vision of how the health care system and the related policy environment must be transformed to close the gap.
- The third phase is ongoing and focuses on the efforts required to achieve this vision.
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