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Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN): About Us

QuIIN: Home to national pediatric improvement networks
​​​​​​​​​What is QuIIN?
The AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN) is home to multiple pediatric quality improvement networks designed to improve care for children and their families in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. QuIIN serves as the infrastructure for pediatric improvement networks by providing staff, financial, and standard operating systems to the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network and the Practice Improvement Network (PIN).

The QuIIN is overseen by practicing primary care and hospitalist pediatricians with experience and an interest in quality improvement. They represent you and your interests for improving healthcare for children. View the:

QuIIN offers quality improvement calls for members who are interested in learning about project results or hearing from experts on how they improved care in their own settings.

Why Pediatric Quality Improvement Networks?
The Academy has developed multiple evidence-based guidelines during the past decade yet, for the most part, these recommendations did not become standard practice. In fact, multiple studies document that the development and publication of guidelines alone do not translate into improved care. Practical tools and strategies have been identified as important components to assist pediatricians in making change in practice. QuIIN was developed to provide a standard Academy mechanism for developing these "change packages" of measures, tools, and strategies for the practicing pediatrician in a primary care practice as well as the pediatric hospitalist in the inpatient setting. View additional QuIIN Publications, Presentations, Awards.

How Do QuIIN Networks Operate?
By joining QuIIN you are a member of each Network. Each Network will offer improvement projects based on practice setting, either outpatient or inpatient. You may choose the project setting of interest to you. 

There are improvement projects that are either formal quality improvement projects that use quality improvement science and follow the guidelines established by the American Board of Pediatrics for Maintenance of Certification Part 4 or they may be more informal seeking physician input into a new tool or strategy.

QuIIN Mission
The mission of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Networks (QuIIN) is to improve the healthcare and outcomes of children and their families across the continuum of pediatric care by serving as the learning laboratory to test and measure the impact of evidence-based policies and best practices.

QuIIN Objectives

  • Serve as a home to multiple national pediatric quality improvement networks
  • Recruit and engage practicing pediatricians who are AAP members, have experience or interest in quality improvement, and an interest in making change happen that will improve care and outcomes for children and families
  • Assist in identifying tools and strategies to implement AAP clinical practice guideline recommendations, measures, and policies
  • Serve as a resource to Academy quality initiatives that need the improvement expertise of a of group interested, energetic, and in-the-trenches pediatricians (A listing of such quality initiatives can be found on the AAP QI Initiatives Page)
  • Provide a standard Academy mechanism for developing "change packages" of measures, tools, and strategies
  • Serve as a practical working lab for pediatricians to test how improvements can be implemented in practice or hospital setting
  • Provide quality improvement learning opportunities for Network members

QuIIN History

  • In 2005, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) established QuIIN to test tools, strategies, and innovations prior to widespread implementation.
  • In 2011, QuIIN transitioned from a single membership network to a home for multiple pediatric quality improvement networks ranging from primary care physicians to inpatient pediatric hospitalists. QuIIN is now known as the Quality Improvement Innovation Networks.
  • The PIN and the VIP Networks are housed within QuIIN.

 QuIIN Medical Director

Steven Kairys, MD, MPH, FAAP, QuIIN Medical Director: quiin@aap.org


 


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Questions? Contact the QuIIN Staff at quiin@aap.org.

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