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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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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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Health Innovation News

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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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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Sharing to Transform Health and Healthcare

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

Featured Toolkit: Social Network Analysis, Healthcare Teams, & Communication

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Social networks, or ‘the patterns of friendship, advice, communication, and support that exist among members of a system,' are ubiquitous in our social and health behavior. 

This lecture series, led by Marlon Mundt, PhD, provides an overview and synthesis of research utilizing social network analysis in relation to health, drawing on studies by sociologists, economists, computer scientists, physicians and health services researchers.

Additionally, the presentations examine social networks of health organizations and their relation to patient outcomes.


Bringing patient voices to healthcare

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Researchers at UW-Madison, including Dr. Nancy Pandhi, recently launched a new web-based resource to help patients, doctors, and researchers learn more about patient experiences with illness and health. The first stories available on the website are about depression in young adults, and over time, the website will grow to include patient stories on other conditions and health issues. Learn more about the project here.

Monitoring the obesity epidemic in Wisconsin

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HIP is partnering with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) to monitor the prevalence of obesity in the state of Wisconsin. With HIP’s support, WCHQ recently developed a publicly reported metric on adult Body Mass Index (BMI). Data for this measure was recently released for the first time by 20 healthcare organizations on 1.7 million patients across the state. Additionally, HIP has helped foster a collaboration between WCHQ and the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative (OPI) so that WCHQ’s publicly reported data can be used to monitor and help curb the growing obesity epidemic in the state.

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Family physician clinical compensation: Moving away from the RVU

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In a recent article in Family Medicine, members of UW PATH describe the development and implementation of a population health-based physician compensation plan that shifted the focus away from relative value unit (RVU) productivity and towards panel management. Survey results from pre- and post-implementation showed that community physician satisfaction with the compensation structure rose from 33% to 74%, and satisfaction with the amount of compensation rose from 26% to 87%. 

Delivery of breast cancer follow-up care by different types of oncology providers

Woman talking to doctorDr. Heather Neuman et al. recently used a novel statistical technique to examine patterns of breast cancer follow-up care provided by different types of oncologists. They found that breast cancer survivors had a median of 3 follow-up visits per year. Among patients with high visit regularity, two-thirds received follow-up from a single oncologist type; conversely, among patients with low visit regularity, only 8% received follow-up from a single oncologist type.

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