What is the VIP Network?
The Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network is the inpatient pediatric quality improvement network at the American Academy of Pediatrics. A guiding principle of the network is that the 70% of children hospitalized at non-children’s hospitals deserve the same access to collaborative data and quality of care afforded in children’s hospitals.
VIP Network Mission
The mission of the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network is to improve the value of care delivered to any pediatric patient in a hospital bed by helping providers implement clinical practice guidelines and other best practices, with a special focus on eliminating harm and waste caused by over utilization.
VIP Network History
VIP Network began as a grass-roots organization founded in 2008 by a group of pediatric hospitalists committed to improving the value of care for hospitalized children in the United States and Canada. The VIP Network emerged with the vision to build an inclusive pediatric inpatient collaboration for clinicians in order to provide hospitalized children the most efficient, safe, and evidence based healthcare. In 2011, the VIP Network joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and became an instrumental part of the overall quality improvement program at the AAP.
The VIP Network is comprised of pediatric hospitalists from institutions that span the gamut from small community hospitals with minimal pediatric beds to large academic medical centers with free-standing children’s hospitals. A pediatrician who is a member of this network likes being on the cutting-edge of practice innovations. He or she is a clinician who likes to get change started. These clinicians enjoy having a say in what the Academy puts out to its members and are willing to dedicate the time to do so.