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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

HealthExperiencesUSA.org a powerful resource for African American young adults with depression

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African American young adults who have depression often suffer alone and lack the support and resources to manage their condition. In a recent article in Ebony magazine discussing these issues, HealthExperiencesUSA.org is highlighted as a powerful resource that can help everyone better understand depression in diverse young adults. "An international movement is underway to provide a scientifically sound way to share health experiences. The first informational resource... Health Experiences USA, methodically categorizes dozens of first-person stories from diverse young adults, including African-Americans, who bravely bust through bias to help friends and family, caregivers and sufferers, understand the disease and better manage day-to-day." HealthExperiencesUSA.org was launched through the Health Experiences Research Network in 2014, which includes Drs. Nancy Pandhi and Rachel Grob in the UW Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.

HIP welcomes Edmond Ramly as a new investigator 

Edmond RamlyWe're excited to welcome Edmond Ramly, PhD as a new faculty member at HIP! Edmond is a health systems engineer and new Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. His work focuses on designing best practices for ambulatory care that balance standardization and local adaptations. Recently, he has worked closely with Dr. Christie Bartels to implement work system redeisgn for hypertension protocols.

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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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