Tracking Public Health Performance
What is Performance Management (PM)?
PM is the practice of actively using performance data to improve the public’s health. This involves strategic use of performance measures and standards to establish performance objectives and targets; regular measurement monitoring toward objectives, and engaging in quality improvement activities when desirec progress is not achieved.
What is Quality Improvement (QI)?
QI is the use of a deliberate and defined improvement process. It refers to a continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable results. This could be improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality services or processes which achieve equity and improve health.
- What are we trying to accomplish?
- How will we know the change is an improvement?
- What changes can we make that will result in an improvement?
QI can support achievement of the following:
- Reduce redundancy
- Streamline processes
- Enhance ability to meet customer needs
- Improve customer satisfaction
- Eliminate waste and variation
- Improve outcomes!
Quality Improvement aligns with Governor Eric Holcomb’s 2018 Next Level Agenda fifth pillar which aims to deliver great government service.
Culture of Quality
Office of Public Health Performance Management (OPHPM) recognizes that many public health partners have already embedded quality improvement into daily work. IDOH and OPHPM strive to support all approaches to QI and celebrate success of all forms. IDOH strives towards a Culture of Quality by embracing the following:
- Shared habit of how work is done
- Quality embedded into daily work
- Focus on learning and adapting to change
- Continuous process improvement
- Focus on customer value
- Celebration of learning and success
When building a culture of quality, a natural evolution of change tend to occur, impacting both people and processes. IDOH has adopted the QI Roadmap to guide progress through six phases of QI until a culture of quality is reach and sustainable. For each phase, the Roadmap presents common organizational characteristics, strategies, and resources for transitioning to the next phase.
IDOH is deploying a Lean strategy as a formal approach to improve the way we deliver Public Health Services.