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The National Cancer Grid is committed to achieving its vision of excellence in cancer care, by nurturing the capacity and culture of high quality services across India. For the purpose of capacity building in Quality Improvement (QI), NCG now hosts a ‘Quality Improvement Hub’ (QI Hub-India). This has been done in collaboration with Stanford Medicine- USA, a leader in educational programs for quality improvement for clinical teams, through the generous grant from the Tata Trusts. The QI Hub functions in collaboration with the QI leadership team from Stanford Medicine, USA to enable high standard QI skills, that are accessible and available to Hub personnel, to the team of India based mentors and to the participating teams. It is the facilitatory centre for the annual QI projects and serves to access, disseminate and highlight Quality Improvement competencies. It will also be the resource for best practices in the field. QI Hub is the formalised outcome of the pilot project done in 2017-2018, when the core QI leadership team at Stanford Medicine, partnered with Indian leadership in palliative care. Physician leaders (team coaches) were recruited from seven global universities as QI faculty, to engage with the clinical teams from India to develop the PAICE program – Promoting Assessment & Improvement of Cancer Experience (List of Participation). This program combines Stanford’s structured curriculum with mentored experience, designing and implementing quality improvement projects to positively impact care. The PAICE program will initiate a common dataset to drive comparative understanding of performance and effective interventions, beginning 2020. The project outputs of each cohort will be utilized to develop national measures and standards in the quality of care


Vision of the QI Hub programme is to improve the quality of clinical services in cancer care in India through development of an internal capacity for quality improvement."


The mission of the QI Hub programme will be to foster an integrated culture of Quality Improvement in Cancer Centre’s daily practices, to promote better quality of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative care services.



For the 2019-2020 cohort, EQuIP India will work with 8 project teams. All virtual meetings will be held using the Zoom platform, at 7 AM IST / 6.30 PM PST for a time duration of 1 hr.15 mins. The in-person workshop will be held on Thursday, 13 th February, 2020 at Guwahati, Assam.

Here is the Application Form for the Stanford -India Collaborative Quality Improvement Project 2019-2020.

Schedule Topics of Didactic sessions through Virtual Zoom Meetings
Thurs. 10 th Oct. 2019 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 9 th Oct. 2019: 6.30 pm PST
Introductions, Pairing with coaches, Project example
Thurs. 31 st Oct. 2019 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 30 th Oct. 2019 : 6.30 pm PST
Introduction to Quality Improvement Methodology
Thurs. 14th Nov. 2019 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 13th Nov. 2019 : 6.30 pm PST
Introduction to A3 Thinking;
Quality Improvement Tools
Thurs. 12th Dec. 2019 : 7 am IST/
Wed. 11th Dec. 2019 : 6.30 pm PST
Mapping Processes, measures of improvement
Thurs. 9th Jan. 2020 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 8th Jan. 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Analysis of the problem and key drivers to changet
Thurs. 30th Jan. 2020 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 29th Jan. 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Prep Meeting for the In-Person Workshop
Thurs. 12 th March, 2020 : 7 am IST/
Wed. 11 th March, 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Testing Interventions
Thurs. 9 th April, 2020 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 8 th April, 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Reliability & Sustainment
Thurs. 14 th May, 2020 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 13 th May, 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Sharing & Presenting QI Work
Final Wrap Up
Thurs. 28 th May, 2020 : 7 am IST /
Wed. 27 th May, 2020 : 6.30 pm PST
Stanford- India Virtual Graduation Ceremony


The QI- Stanford core Team The QI India Hub core Team
Jake Mickelsen
Administrative Director, Value Improvement, Stanford Health Care
Nandini Vallath
Director QI – India Hub,Co-director PC-PAICE
Michelle DeNatale
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Stanford Medicine
Sarbani Laskar
Karl Lorenz
Stanford Palliative Care Section Chief
Vanessa Damania
Executive Officer,QI-India Hub

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