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Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network: About Us

QuIIN: Home to national pediatric improvement networks

What is the VIP Network?
The Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network is the inpatient pediatric quality improvement network of Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN). 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 resides in the QuIIN home for pediatric quality improvement networks.

Membership
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.

To participate in VIP Network activities become a member of QuIIN.

Membership into QuIIN is free and allows you automatic membership into each of the QuIIN Networks (PIN and VIP) as well as access to benefits offered by QuIIN. All AAP members interested in quality improvement can join QuIIN.

If you are interested in becoming a member of QuIIN, complete the Quality Improvement Innovation Networks Membership Application.

View the QuIIN membership list by clicking here.

VIP Network Projects
VIP Network conducts projects around a variety of topics of interest to pediatric hospitalists that have included bronchiolitis, transitions of care communications and timeliness, and patient ID band errors. Projects include both formal quality improvement projects, which follow the standards established by the American Board of Pediatrics for Maintenance of Certification Part 4 as well as informal assessment projects that provide practicing pediatrician input into tools and evidence based recommendations.

VIP Network Steering Committee
The Network Steering Committee is comprised of volunteer pediatric hospitalists with experience and interest in quality improvement.