Family-Centered Rounds Webinar

Learn how to use the Family-Centered Rounds Toolkit to facilitate implementation of FCR best practices at your institution in this upcoming webinar sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

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Stay up-to-date on health services and health innovation news by following HIP's curated magazine on Flipboard. You can follow online or by subscribing to Health Innovation News on your mobile Flipboard app.

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Featured Healthcare Partner

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: IRB Self-Certification Decision Tool

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The IRB QI Self-Certification Decision Tool is a mechanism that allows study teams to make the decision about whether their project constitutes human subjects research or whether it is quality improvement (QI) or program evaluation (PE), such that IRB review and oversight is not required.

Allowing institutions and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to redistribute this decision-making process empowers study teams to move forward with their quality improvement or program evaluation projects more rapidly, and enables the IRBs to focus their time on projects that truly require IRB review and oversight. 

This toolkit provides practical steps for institutions and IRBs to develop and implement a QI Self-Certification Decision Tool. 


4-Year NIH Grant Awarded to Improve Outcomes for Children with Chronic Illnesses

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Dr. Elizabeth Cox and Dr. Kathryn Flynn are part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a 4-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fine-tune tools for clinicials to improve outcomes for children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Cox and Dr. Flynn's energies will be focused on understanding how children's experiences of living with chronic illness change as they grow and develop.  The knowledge gained in this work will help researchers and clinicians as interpret chronically ill children's patient-reported outcomes in the context of clinical care or comparative effectiveness trials. 

WCHQ Improvement Toolkits Now Available on HIPxChange

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The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality recently partnered with HIP to make 3 improvement toolkits available on HIPxChange. The toolkits present evidence-based strategies and a variety of supporting resources that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve care and outcomes in 3 areas: blood sugar (A1c) control for patients with diabetes, blood pressure control for patients with hypertension, and screening for colorectal cancer.

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Quality of online information to support patient decision-making in breast cancer surgery

Woman at ComputerIn a recent study to evaluate the quality of online information available to support patients facing a decision for breast cancer surgery, a team of UW Department of Surgery researchers including Dr. Heather Neuman found that most existing websites do a poor job with providing women the essential information necessary to actively participate in decision-making for breast cancer surgery, with only 7% of website scoring "good" on decision-making questions.

Biological and steroid use in relationship to quality measures in older patients with IBD

MedicationsIn a new study using Medicare data to examine the frequency and predictors of antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) use and steroid utilization among older US patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Sophia Johnson et al. found that only 3.7% of the sample received anti-TNFs, and among anti-TNF users, there were high observed rates of concurrent maintenance steroid use (19%), despite guidelines suggesting reduced needs.

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