Our Research Partners

HIP partners with numerous research organizations within Wisconsin.


Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation

The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF) aims to discover and communicate scientific knowledge that substantially improves human health and well-being. The MCRF consists of research centers in clinical research, human genetics, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, and biomedical informatics, and provides support services for physician and scientist investigators.


HIP and MCRF have several collaborative research projects focused on improving hospital discharge and public reporting of healthcare quality.

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The Program of Research on Outcomes for Kids (PROKids) seeks to improve the quality and safety of pediatric care by leveraging the voices of stakeholders, including children and families.


PROKids' current research projects use a family-centered approach to improve care delivery to hospitalized children and both self-management and quality of life for children with chronic disease.


HIP and PROKids have numerous collaborative research projects and are working to increase the visibility of pediatric health services research at UW-Madison.


Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety

The Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) is a multidisciplinary initiative housed within the Center for Quality & Productivity Improvement (CQPI). SEIPS investigates how changes in the design of healthcare “work systems” influence work processes and ultimately, patient and organizational outcomes from both a quality and safety perspective.


HIP and SEIPS have a long history of collaboration on research projects and training initiatives, including care transitions in ambulatory surgery, teamwork in virtual intensive care, medication safety in pediatrics, and patient safety after hospital discharge.

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Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR)

The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) was formally established in 2011 to address the increasing priority of integrating health services research into the advancement of surgical care. The mission of WiSOR is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of surgical care through research and innovation at the University of Wisconsin.


Many HIP investigators are also members of WiSOR and use HIP data resources to examine research questions of interest such as improving patient-provider communication around high-risk surgery, hospital discharge after complex cancer surgery and vascular surgery, and surveillance for cancer recurrence and complications after breast cancer surgery.


UW e-Health Public Health Information Exchange

The UW e-Health Public Health Information Exchange (PHINEX) is a joint project of SMPH’s Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, led by Drs. Theresa Guilbert and Larry Hanrahan, with the goal of linking UW Health data to socio-economic and other community-level data to support broader public health research purposes.


HIP and UW E-Health Phinex have a shared interest in understanding the community context of health care delivery and are collaborating on the “Free-the-Data” Pilot program.  This program will link data on community resources with UW Health electronic health record data and make the data available for research and quality improvement.

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Department of Medicine Health Services Research Group

The Department of Medicine Health Services Research Seminar is a monthly research in progress meeting for individuals doing Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine. The goal is to help each of us develop our work, while learning from each other and getting to know each other's interests and expertise.


Many HIP investigators are also members of the DOM Research Group and use HIP data resources to examine research questions of interest such as improving transitions of care between inpatient and outpatient settings, communication between primary care and specialty care, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, colorectal cancer screening rates, disparities in the quality of care, and cancer treatment.

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Wisconsin Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) was established with the vision of greatly improving the health of the people of Wisconsin for years to come. WPP targets research that has the potential to translate quickly to improved outcomes for the state's population. Partnerships with local, regional, and statewide groups are fundamental to the success of the Wisconsin Partnership Program, as they pursue activities of common interest to address key health issues.


HIP receives funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to build statewide connections between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchers and organizations interested in improving health in Wisconsin.


Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is the home of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award at the University of Wisconsin. ICTR is a partnership of several of UW’s academic units—the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Engineering—and the Marshfield Clinic.


HIP partners with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to build resources for early-stage investigators interested in health services research as an academic career.

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Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare

Co-directed by HIP faculty member Nancy Pandhi MD, MPH, PhD and Elizabeth Trowbridge, MD, Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) brings together leaders from the three primary care departments, UW Medical Foundation’s Delivery System Innovation & Quality and Quality, Safety, & Innovation departments, and the Center for Patient Partnerships. The writing collaborative’s objective is to communicate through publications the work that has been done at UW Health to redesign primary care and to create an infrastructure that can support future scholarly activities.


HIP and the PATH group have collaborated on the development of quantitative and qualitative resources to evaluate the system-wide implementation of Primary Care Redesign at UW Health.

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UW School of Nursing

The UW-Madison School of Nursing is the leading nursing research institution in Wisconsin. The school conducts translational research that is grounded in practical application so that it has an immediate impact on Wisconsin communities, hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes.


The School of Nursing has extensive expertise in qualitative research and has collaborated with HIP to create short courses for HIP investigators interested in qualitative and mixed methods research.

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Wisconsin Network for Health Research

The Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR) works to promote greater inter-institutional cooperation in research and to move research results to the bedside more efficiently and effectively.


HIP and WiNHR are working to build infrastructure for the conduct of randomized trials in health services research.

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