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UW Researchers Provide Health Systems with Information to Plan for Severe Complications from COVID-19

Family walking on pathWith the onset of COVID-19, the Health Innovation Program (HIP) determined they could use the reporting infrastructure they have been developing over the last several years, in partnership with Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), to rapidly produce reports with reliable and accurate data for health systems who are WCHQ members. These reports can help the health systems to prepare for and respond to this pandemic.

The reports provide details on primary care provider panels, clinics, and ZIP codes for each health system and helps the health system to identify the numbers and prevalence of people who are at risk for severe complications from COVID-19.

UW Researchers Provide Health Decision Makers with Information to Plan for Severe Complications from COVID-19 by Zip Code, Health Conditions

Family walking on pathWith the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Madison researchers within the School of Medicine and Public Health are quickly adapting to support Wisconsin health officials. Researchers at the Health Innovation Program (HIP), who have been working to improve health care using electronic health record data voluntarily provided by over 20 Wisconsin health systems through the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), have mobilized to determine how they could rapidly use these data to help those on the front line of the battle against COVID-19 to support the direction of efforts towards the places in Wisconsin that need it most.

Best Case/Worst Case: ICU (COVID-19) Toolkit available on HIPxChange

Tell a storyBecause of the COVID-19 pandemic, critically ill patients have been hospitalized and isolated from their families and loved ones. In many hospitals, the palliative care team has been charged with maintaining communication between the critical care team and their patients’ families. Dr. Gretchen Schwarze and her team along with Dr. Toby Campbell created the Best Case/Worst Case: ICU (COVID-19) communication toolkit to assist separated families and to help them develop an understanding of their loved one’s illness, prognostic awareness and the range of possible outcomes.

Dr. Elizabeth Cox Named Associate Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship

Elizabeth CoxHIP Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Cox has been named the Associate Director of the Primary Care Research Fellowship. The fellowship is administered in the UW Department of Family medicine and Community Health and funded by HRSA. A principle objective is to train primary care physicians and PhD scientists interested in careers in medical research related to the organization, delivery, or effectiveness of primary health care and preventive medicine. The Primary Care Research Fellowship is among the oldest, most successful primary care research fellowships in the nation. Since 1993, it has trained more than 60 post-doctoral fellows for careers in primary care medical research at academic medical institutions.

Developing Dissemination and Implementation Capacity within a CTSA Toolkit on HIPxChange

D&IThe NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program exists to help turn research from the lab, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public at large. The field of dissemination and implementation (D&I) has essentially the same goal. Building the D&I capacity of CTSA grantees can substantially further a CTSA’s mission.

The purpose of this toolkit is to describe some key D&I resources and activities developed by the UW-Madison CTSA to support dissemination and implementation research and activities. The authors of Developing Dissemination and Implementation Capacity within a CTSA: a Toolkit hope the practical information offered might help other CTSA programs think about and develop the D&I resources that advance their goals.

A Guide to Implementation for Sustained Impact in Teleophthalmology (I-SITE) Toolkit on HIPxChange

Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among working-age U.S. adults. Early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by over 90%, but fewer than half of adults with diabetes obtain yearly recommended eye screening. Teleophthalmology makes it easier for patients to obtain diabetic eye screening by providing convenient access to high-quality, vision saving eye care at low cost. HIP Investigator, Dr.

HIP Model and Tools for Research with Learning Health Systems available on HIPxChange

HIP ModelThe HIP Model and Tools for Research with Learning Health Systems is now available on HIPxChange. This model and tools defines specific steps for projects to create sustainable change based on research conducted within the health system. The HIP Model builds a bridge between science and clinical care to ensure that high-priority questions are identified and pursued and that results are shared with the health system to support system-wide change.

Dr. Jen Weiss receives research award for colorectal cancer screening research

Jennifer WeissColorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Wisconsin. It is also the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. Screening is important for early detection, but disparities in screening rates exist between Wisconsin clinics. HIP Investigator, Dr. Jen Weiss and a team of investigators received a research award through the Wisconsin Partnership Program Collaborative Health Sciences Program to identify strategies from high-performing clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening rates at low-performing clinics in rural and urban communities in Wisconsin. The long-term goal of the research is to decrease statewide colorectal cancer incidence and mortality.

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