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Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit Now Available on HIPxChange

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels recently developed the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit, which centers around a flowsheet built in the electronic health record that allows clinicians to dynamically assess RA activity consistent with national RA quality indicators advocating disease activity monitoring. The flowsheet longitudinally displays pertinent lab and clinical data for RA/medication management, as well as cardiovascular disease risk monitoring.

The RA Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health – Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division. View the toolkit here.

2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum

The 2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum will be held on Sept. 12-13 in the UW-Madison Union South. The theme of this year's forum is "Facilitating Partnership: Common Mission, Multiple Approaches," and the workshops and presentations will focus on the following topics: how organizations are working together to solve health problems, tools that can be used to overcome collaboration obstacles, and innovative methods for implementing & evaluating health advances.

HIP is a sponsor of this year's forum, and everyone is invited to attend. View more details about the forum here.

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit Profiled on AHRQ Innovations Exchange

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program is profiled in the July 31st issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Care Innovations Exchange, a web-based program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality.

View the C-TraC profile here.

VA C-TraC Team Wins Partnership/Teamwork Award

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) team, which includes Amy Kind, Laury Jensen, Marilyn Bazinski, and Brock Polnaszek, has been awarded the Greater Madison Federal Agency Association's (GMFAA) Partnership/Teamwork award for 2013 for their work to bridge gaps among federal, state, and private/local health care settings to improve patient care quality and outcomes.

The GMFAA Federal Team Recognition Award is granted to an individual or team whose accomplishments have fostered effective working relationships within and among the various entities of government and the private sector. Read more about the C-TraC program here.

UW PATH collaborative formed to disseminate improvement activities locally and nationally

PATH logoThe UW Primary care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) collaborative was recently formed to bridge primary care clinical transformation and rigorous scientific study in order to improve the UW Health system for the benefit of patients and communities. The collaborative is a multidisciplinary coalition of physicians and change leaders, and members are experienced in clinical delivery and span all three primary care departments (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics), Quality, Safety, and Innovations, Population Health, and the Center for Patient Partnerships.

UW PATH will disseminate learnings locally and nationally, emphasizing scholarly contributions, and aims to enter the national discourse on primary care redesign by highlighting some of UW Health's important work to date.

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