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Health Care Hotspotting December 10

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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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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.

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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. 


Gretchen Schwarze awarded $2.1 million from PCORI to help older Americans make better decisions about high-risk surgery

Gretchen SchwarzeDr. Gretchen Schwarze and co-investigators were recently awarded $2.1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study how to improve how older adults make decisions about high-risk surgical treatments. The full press release about the study is available on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health website.

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. 

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Hospice services reduce repeated hospital stays at end of life

Hospice careDr. Timothy Holden et al. recently examined the association between hospice utilization within a geographic area and 30-day rates of rehospitalization in a 5% sample of Medicare patients, and found that patients in areas of low hospice utilization were at greater rehospitalization risk than those residing in areas of high utilization. View the article on PubMed here and the UW SMPH press release here.

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.

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