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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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News

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.

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded a 4-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)-sponsored effort in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. While Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care. These disparities in health care quality contribute to the poor health outcomes noted for diverse populations such as people with lower income, less education, racial and ethnic minority populations, people with disabilities, and others. This project has the potential to benefit the most disadvantaged citizens by raising the visibility of disparities and motivating health systems to undertake targeted improvements to directly address these disparities.   

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Publications

Insurance coverage for CT colonography increases overall colorectal cancer screening rates

CT ScanDr. Maureen Smith et al. found in a recent study that people who had insurance coverage for computed tomography (CT) colonography—or virtual colonoscopy—for colorectal cancer screening were almost 50% more likely to be screened than people whose insurance didn't cover the procedure. CT colonography is a less invasive procedure than the conventional colonoscopy used to screen for colorectal cancer. As a result of the study, the American College of Radiology has released a statement urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to start offering CT colonography coverage for seniors. View more about the study here.

Study seeks to improve screening for falls in emergency departments

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In a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by Dr. Brian Patterson et al. to determine the best way to classify emergency department visits resulting from falls, the investigators found that using diagnosis (ICD-9) codes missed 20% of fall-related visits when compared to using a definition that also used chief complaint to identify the visits. Patients who were missed with the diagnosis code-based definition were less likely to have been admitted to the hospital than those who were identified with the diagnosis code criteria. This study draws attention to the value of using chief complaint information to identify patients who have fallen. A press release about the article is available here.

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