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System-wide Efforts to Improve Everyday Clinical Practice and Health Equity in an Accountable Care Environment

Project Description: Saint Francis Research Council and Senior Leadership have endorsed a new Research Strategic Plan that focuses on studying efforts to improve everyday clinical practice. Saint Francis has free-standing residency and fellowship programs, and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Last year, we developed a Healthcare Delivery Science curriculum for residents that integrates quality improvement, research, and communication. Our move toward accountable care and population health management has positioned us for developing system-wide improvements to enhance capacity for conducting quality improvement research, health equity research, and research that utilizes data from the EHR. More specifically: We created the Innovation + Learning Center at Saint Francis, which encompasses Education, Leadership Development, Value-Driven Design, Innovation, Research and Health Equity, with responsibility for improving the art and science of healthcare delivery across the entire enterprise. The overarching goal of these efforts is to build research capacity by implementing a fully integrated, interdisciplinary model that aligns research development, performance improvement, and health equity. This goal will be realized through the following aims:
Aim 1: To align and integrate distinct programs and resources in research, performance improvement and health equity toward a common agenda for scholarly activity. Aim 2: To shift the organizational focus on research from isolated clinical trials to collaborative research focused on everyday clinical practice. Aim 3: To develop comprehensive tools and strategies to facilitate uptake and adoption of the model. Aim 4: To promote adoption of the SQUIRE Guidelines within the interdisciplinary framework. Aim 5: To build data mining and evaluation tools into the new EHR for the purposes of interdisciplinary research.

Primary contact: Gregory Makoul, M.A., Ph.D., M.S.; Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer / Chief Academic Officer Professor of Medicine
Institution: Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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