Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

The Texas Hospital Association is partnering with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association to continue reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. HRET is one of 16 national, regional or state organizations to receive a Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. THA is leading Texas hospitals in the initiative.

Through 2019, the HIINs will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014 baseline.

The HIINs will engage and support the hospital, provider and broader caregiver communities to implement and spread well-tested, evidence-based best practices. Specifically, they will establish learning collaboratives, develop data-sharing networks, create mechanisms to support peer-to-peer training among hospitals, host conference calls and webinars, provide best practice hospital stories and case studies, and conduct on-site visits.

HIIN core topics include:

  • Adverse drug events;
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections;
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
  • Clostridium difficile;
  • Injury from falls and immobility;
  • Pressure ulcers;
  • Sepsis and septic shock;
  • Surgical site infections;
  • Venous thromboembolism;
  • Ventilator-associated events; and
  • Readmissions.


Karen Kendrick, RN, director of clinical initiatives, 512/465-1091

HINN Overview
Download an overview of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

Watch the South Central HIINergy Webinar