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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.

New 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report and Appendix Available

WCHQ 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities ReportReport Overview

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), in collaboration with Health Innovation Program, developed the Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities.

Case Management Benefit Scoring System Toolkit on HIPxChange

Doctor giving meds to elderly womanThe Case Management Benefit Scoring System Toolkit is now available on HIPxChange. Dr. Maureen Smith (HIP Investigator), Dr. Menggang Yu (HIP Investigator), and Dr. Jared Huling (an Assistant Professor of Statistics at The Ohio State University) partnered with the UW academic health system (UW Health) to implement a benefit scoring system that is used to identify patients for enrollment into case management.

Implementing Change in Long-Term Care Toolkit available on HIPxChange

Older woman and nurseDr. Barbara Bowers, the Founding Director of the Center for Aging Research and Education, recently published the Implementing Change in Long-Term Care Toolkit on HIPxChange. This toolkit was designed to assist organizations, and the staff who work there, to implement changes that will improve care quality and to sustain them. In this toolkit you will find case studies, exercises, worksheets, tools, system-level questions, reading guides and case studies in five clinical practice areas that are often the focus of culture change efforts: elimination, skin, falls, nutrition and psychosocial well-being.

Geriatric Simulations Toolkit now available on HIPxChange

Older man walkingDr. Barbara King, the Executive Director of the Center for Aging Research and Education recently published the Geriatric Simulations Toolkit on HIPxChange. In this toolkit you will find concrete guidance and materials to use in four simulations related to caring for older adults. Also included are reflections from students and instructors that have experienced the simulations, recommended resources, and tool recommendations for those wishing to evaluate implementation of the simulations and their impact on learners. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.

Pascale Carayon and Maureen Smith awarded $2.5 million grant to create patient safety learning lab

Pascale CarayonMaureen SmithDr. Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Maureen Smith, professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health, were recently awarded $2.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a patient safety learning lab.

Maureen Smith discusses case management project with PCORI

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently spoke with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about a current project that she is conducting with Dr. Menggang Yu and other researchers at locations across the country to characterize & evaluate the outcomes of case management programs. The project uses the PCORnet infrastucture, and its aims include characterizing case management programs across 22 health systems and evaluating the extent to which case management programs prevent hospital events for patients enrolled in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Dr. Heidi Brown testing a program to reduce or prevent incontinence in Wisconsin women

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown is testing a new program, "Mind Over Matter," to reduce or prevent incontinence in women in Wisconsin. Fecal and urinary incontinence are common issues affecting women, but they are rarely discussed. The Mind Over Matter program will recruit 120 women in south and central Wisconsin who will be randomly assitned to receive the program (3 sessions that are 2 hours each), before or after taking a survey on symptoms. The program is designed to focus on things that the participants can do to relieve symptoms, such as changing diet, fluid intake, and exercise. Read more about the study here.

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