About the Book

ALL IN: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care
ALL IN Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care 
If you’re working to improve healthcare, address patient safety, strengthen quality, streamline operations or enhance quality improvement, this book will benefit you. It includes insights from more than 35 authors with deep, pragmatic experience sharing how to design, run and fund successful healthcare learning collaboratives. It covers a broad array of topics starting with accelerating change at scale and ending with predictions on the future of collaboratives.
All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care covers the origin of the healthcare collaborative before delving into many successful collaborative efforts with various goals and in diverse settings. The authors share their best practices, what they learned and how they overcame challenges.
Practical topics explored in this collection include recruitment, budgeting, data and measurement, patient activation and leadership. You’ll find collaboration is an effective way to reduce the cycle time for improvement, with colleagues and, in some cases, even competitors. 

Co-Editors Bruce Spulock, MD and Patricia Teske RN, MHA state: 

“In today’s challenging and rapidly evolving healthcare environment, many new, often complex regulations have been introduced to improve care and efficiency,” says co-editor Pat Teske, RN, MHA, Implementation Officer, Cynosure Health. “In addition to complying with these regulations, many healthcare organizations are taking matters into their own hands by launching collaborative efforts.” 

“We strongly believe we can learn more from each other more rapidly than we can learn individually,” Teske says. “Our goal is to share large-scale learning collaborative knowledge so it can be used by other designers, implementers, funders and evaluators of collaborative efforts around the world.”  

 “A collaborative always starts with a common goal along with shared experience and learning from many participants,” Dr. Spurlock adds. “All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care emulates that truism.”  


The surprising part of shared learning with collaboratives is often the personal and professional joy that accompanies making care better. In the end, patients and families are the big winners and new stakeholders in the success of collaboratives. Collaborating is superior to going it alone. Why would you want to learn any other way?







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Donald Berwick MD, MPP, FRCP Keynote Speaker Address, Healthcare Learning Collaboratives First National Conference

5th in the "ALL IN" Webinar Series: Accelerating Improvement

Participants comment on the best part of the Healthcare Learning Collaboratives Conference

Highlights from Cynosure's Healthcare Collaboratives 1st National Conference

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"In the face of ever-accelerating rates of health reform, the ability to quickly learn and adapt is an increasingly essential survival skill. Collaborative learning, as this book illustrates, is a powerful method to rapidly spread knowledge. Yet knowledge comes in two flavors – “knowledge that” and “knowledge how.” Knowing that a bicycle has two wheels, a seat, handlebars and a foot-pedal crank, for example, stands in sharp contrast to the practical knowledge of how to ride a bike. 

This book assembles the world’s leading experts around healthcare collaborative learning, where “all teach, all learn” to massively accelerate learning and effective change. They share both the theory (knowledge that) and principles of practical application (knowledge how). Their complementary viewpoints and varied practical examples illuminate the central issues and core principles from every angle. That’s what makes it possible to apply these methods to the unique circumstances of any actual healthcare organization."

Brent James, M.D., MStat

Chief Quality Officer, Intermountain Health Care 


"All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care provides a unified vision and approach for developing and implementing internal and large-scale collaboratives. In each chapter, the authors provide valuable insights and practical steps that can be adopted and that are immediately actionable. This book is a reference tool that both the novice and expert improvement leader will come back to again and again. I know that I will.”

Kathleen Ciccone, DrPH, RN

Executive Director, HANYS Quality Institute


"The book is full of countless tactics to be utilized to improve the skills sets of leaders of collaboratives and to further improve the work of collaboratives. I plan to use my notes to reflect on what actions I can take now and in the future for improvement of myself and the work being done."   

Cyndy Dunlap, RN, MPA, NEA-BC, FACHE

Vice President, QualityTexas Hospital Association


"The book contains numerous ideas. The mantra ‘Aims create systems, systems create change’ was primary for me".

Kimberly Cahill, MBA, BSN, RN

Quality Insights Project Coordinator, West Virginia Medical Institute