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UW Health is the academic health system associated with UW-Madison. It encompasses the research, education, and patient care activities that occur within the University of Wisconsin.

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Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) is a writing collaborative that brings together leaders from several UW organizations and departments to communicate the work that has been done at UW Health to redesign primary care and to create an infrastructure that can support scholarly activities.

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Free-the-Data Program

The goal of the “Free-the-Data” Program is to make analysis-ready healthcare data available to UW faculty, staff, trainees, and UW Health staff for research and quality improvement purposes.

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HIP supports the development and dissemination of tools for evidence-based health system change through its website, HIPxChange.

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Featured Toolkit: Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes


Diabetes affects over 29 million people or 9% of the population in the United States. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and can result in serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower extremity amputations.

The Toolkit for Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes presents several evidence-based strategies that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve diabetes control among their patients.

The toolkit also provides a variety of resources – e.g., guidelines, EHR screenshots, sample policies, templates, web links – to support implementing the improvement strategies.


Yao Liu gives talk at UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on telemedicine

Yao LiuDr. Yao Liu spoke at a UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on April 21 on the topic of Telemedicine: Saving Sight at Home and Around the World. In this community lecture, she discusses expanding access to eye care through telemedicine, particularly for diabetic eye disease in Wisconsin's rural communities. You can view the lecture video here.

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable article discusses UW Health's journey to 80% colorectal cancer screening rate

Jennifer WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss is featured in a recent blog post by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. In it, Dr. Weiss discusses how UW Health increased its colorectal cancer screening rates from 61% to 81% over the last six years. She also discusses her research to identify predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation and barriers to screening, as well as lessons learned in the improvement process.

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"I have to live like I'm old." Young adults' perspectives on managing hypertension

Young man taking medicationIn a recent study, Heather Johnson et al. conducted focus groups with young adults with a diagnosis of hypertension to better understand their attitudes and reactions to being diagnosed with and managing hypertension. They found that having a hypertension diagnosis negatively altered the patients' "young" self-identity. Additionally, several barriers to hypertension follow-up visits and use of social media or texting for self-management were identified.

Practice variations in voice treatment selection following vocal fold mucosal resection

Vocal TreatmentIn a recent study, Jaime Moore et al. sought to characterize initial voice treatment selection following vocal fold mucosal resection in patients with Medicare coverage. They found that voice treatment—thyroplasty, vocal fold injection, or speech therapywas used in 14% of cases, and services were disproportionately utilized based on patient age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Most patients who did undergo treatment initially participated in speech therapy.

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