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ImproveCareNow Receives 2016 Drucker Prize

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 07:30

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) congratulates the ImproveCareNow (ICN) collaborative care network for receiving the 2016 Drucker Prize, presented by the Drucker Institute of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.

"The ImproveCareNow Network has demonstrated robust results, and a rigorous commitment to continuous improvement. We are delighted to recognize them as the winner of the 2016 Drucker Prize."

-Zach First, Executive Director of the Drucker Institute

ICN is a network of people working together to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD). The network has created a collaborative community where clinicians, researchers, parents and patients are empowered to learn and continuously improve to bring about more reliable, proactive IBD care for healthier children and youth.

The ABP Foundation supported the creation of ICN in 2007. Paul V. Miles, retired ABP Vice President of Maintenance of Certification, said he is proud of the success ICN has had in improving the quality of care for children with IBD.

“ImproveCareNow is a model of what quality care should be,” he said. “I’m also proud of the ABP for promoting the model among other subspecialties.”

The ICN network now includes more than 90 centers, primarily in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and Qatar. Nearly 800 pediatric gastrointerologists participate, treating 26,000 children with IBD. The overall remission rate of patients at the centers is 81 percent, up from 48 percent in 2007.

Awarded annually since 1991, The Drucker Prize is given to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of innovation -- “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

Zach First, Executive Director of the Drucker Institute said that the ImproveCareNow Network is “reframing health care from a product delivered to patients to an activity that patients, care providers and researchers co-produce together. The ImproveCareNow Network has demonstrated robust results, and a rigorous commitment to continuous improvement. We are delighted to recognize them as the winner of the 2016 Drucker Prize.”