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The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety, and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin by providing quality, reliable, integrated data to all stakeholders seeking to transform healthcare. 

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Featured Research Partner

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.

Featured Toolkit: BP Connect Health - Improving Follow-up After High Blood Pressures

High blood pressures are one of the most prevalent and reversible cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with chronic conditions, who are often vulnerable to gaps between specialty and primary care. Increasing preventive services to address hypertension could prevent more early deaths than any other preventive service, such as lipid treatment, cancer screening, and pneumococcal or influenza vaccination.

The BP Connect Health Toolkit was developed to connect patients with high blood pressure in a specialty visit back to primary care for timely follow-up. It is a staff protocol performed by nurses or medical assistants during vitals assessment using electronic health record (EHR) alerts, brief counseling, and a simple clickable follow-up order. The toolkit contains materials needed to successfully plan for, implement, and sustain the protocol.

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News

Yao Liu discusses the UW Teleopthalmology Program on Wisconsin Doctors episode

Yao Liu, MD recently spoke on the Wisconsin Doctors program about how the UW Teleophthalmology program is working with the Mile Bluff Medical Center to screen patients close to their homes for diabetic eye disease, which is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults in Wisconsin and nationally. View the episode here.

Elizabeth Cox awarded American Diabetes Association grant 

Elizabeth CoxElizabeth Cox, MD, PhD was recently awarded a 3-year Innovative Translational Science Award from the American Diabetes Association for her project, “Identifying Actionable Self-Management Barriers for Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.” Building upon her prior work developing PRISM (Problem Recognition in Illness Self-Management), a 10-minute survey to identify diabetes self-management barriers among youth, the newly funded research will develop and validate a version of PRISM to assess diabetes self-management barriers among adults. Availability of this survey tool for adults is expected to positively impact diabetes care by aligning the self-management resources provided with the actual needs of a person with type 1 diabetes. The PRISM tool for youth is available here.

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Medicaid expansion helped reduce reliance on federal income assistance

Doctor and familyIn 2014, a change was enacted through the Affordable Care Act that allowed low-income, non-elderly adults to become eligible for Medicaid without requiring them to obtain disabled status through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the federal income assistance program for low-income families with disabilities. In a new study co-authored by Dr. Marguerite Burns to examine the effects of this change, the authors found that in the period after the 2014 expansion, the average number of SSI participants fell by 3% in the states that expanded Medicaid, but the number of SSI participants continued to rise in non-expansion states. Read the full press release here.

Building the learning health system: describing an infastructure to support continuous learning

IdeasIn a recent article, authors from UW PATH describe how structures and processes to support the functions of an academic learning health system were implemented at an academic health center through a series of organizational interventions. The interventions increased system-level performance in multiple areas, including patient satisfaction, screening rates, improvement education, and patient engagement. In a learning health system, organizations understand their performance across the continuum of care and use that information to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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