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Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP of Joslin Medical Center, Harvard Medical School will be giving a talk on why diabetes is often a target for chronic disease health care innovations, key factors that lead to improved diabetes care, and more.

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Improving diabetes care: A roadmap to better chronic care. Tues, Oct 31, 12:30-1:30 pm, HSLC 1345

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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: Partnering with Parents of Hospitalized Children Using an Inpatient Portal

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An inpatient portal is a patient-facing web-based application intended to engage hospitalized patients and their caregivers by providing secure access to their personal health information.

The Partnering with Parents of Hospitalized Children Using an Inpatient Portal toolkit was developed to help guide the introduction, implementation, and/or evaluation of an inpatient portal in healthcare organizations.

The toolkit contains materials to engage institutional stakeholders, implementation timeline and planning information, key decisions and considerations, data collection tools to monitor the impact of the portal, and more. You can learn more about the implementation of the inpatient portal at American Family Children's Hospital here.

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Collaborative to improve screening for intimate partner violence approved for PCORI funding

Elizabeth CoxElizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, in collaboration with partners from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and West Virginia University, recently received approval for a Pipeline to Proposal Tier II award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program will support the West Virginia Asking Women About Relationship Experiences (AWARE) Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening. Although 7 million U.S. women experience intimate partner violence (IPV), only 3-10% of IPV victims are identified by healthcare professionals due to low screening rates. These rates are especially low in underserved rural areas due to geographic and social isolation. The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence will lead this project to transform the healthcare system’s response to intimate partner violence. Read the full press release here.

Heather Johnson discusses masked hypertension

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson was recently featured in a local news story on "masked hypertension," a condition where blood pressure readings are normal when they are measured at the doctor's office, but are actually high in non-clinical settings due to stressful or fast-paced daily living. Masked hypertension is the opposite of "white coat hypertension," where anxiety about being in a clinical environment raises blood pressure temporarily. Masked hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and can result in long-term damage to the heart and kidneys, and is estimated to affect 10-15% of Americans. View the news story 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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