Partnership for Innovation
The Partnership for Innovation will help realize Group Health's vision of delivering affordable excellence for its patients by pilot-testing cost-effective approaches that have the potential to improve patient care.
Group Health medical teams — on the front lines of patient care every day — are poised to identify new strategies to create healthier lives for patients. The Partnership for Innovation helps bring these ideas to life through the research expertise of the Group Health Research Institute, the daily efforts of our clinical teams, and the generous funding of Foundation donors.
This powerful collaboration between care delivery, cutting-edge research, and philanthropy can provide answers to the big challenges in health care. Over the last five years, the Group Health Foundation received 77 applications and awarded nearly $2.8 million in grants to fund 31 innovative pilot projects, including more than $700,000 granted in 2012.
Also see: Donors Invest $700,000 in Innovation
Walk & Talk With Your Care Team
- Department: Activity, Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Potential benefits: Increase physical activity among staff and patients by offering a group-based walk every Saturday morning at Group Health clinics.
Improve Medication Therapy in Patients With Dementia
- Department: Pharmacy Clinical Specialty Services
- Potential benefits: Reduce risk of prescribing drug combinations that may have adverse side effects by educating providers and caregivers.
Improving Adherence to Chronic Medications in Medicare Part D PPO Patients
- Department: Medicare Pharmacy Administration
- Potential benefits: Improve health outcomes by increasing adherence to chronic medications for Medicare patients.
Pharmacy Network, New Member Program
- Department: Pharmacy
- Potential benefits: Engage and educate members who receive care in the community network outside of Group Health Medical Centers to reduce medication costs and improve quality.
Addressing Cancer Disparities in Patients With Limited English Proficiency
- Department: Quality Improvement and Internal Medicine
- Potential benefits: Test the training of specially certified medical interpreters to deliver scripted colorectal cancer screening messages at the time of medical encounter for patients with low English proficiency.
Rapid Molecular Clonal Diagnosis of E. Coli Uropathogens
- Department: Laboratory
- Potential benefits: Evaluate and characterize urinary E. Coil infections to improve patient care, decrease exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics, and reduce recurrent E. Coli infections.
- Department: Dermatology
- Potential benefits: Evaluate a process where a family practice provider electronically routes clinical photographs to a dermatologist potentially in lieu of a physical referral and visit.
Advance Care Planning: Refining an IT-Based Approach to Communication and Documentation
- Department: Quality & Informatics
- Potential benefits: Group Health will roll out a new video decision aid for advance care planning. Part of the success of that effort will be documenting the results of the provider conversation with patients about end-of-life care options in an efficient, consistent way and recording it in the patient's electronic medical record.
Reducing Low-Value Care
- Department: Quality & Informatics
- Potential benefits: Help Group Health achieve affordable excellence by improving quality and patient safety (through decreasing unnecessary procedures) while simultaneously reducing cost.
Use of Specialty Pharmacy to Standardize, Monitor, Improve Adherence and Cost Effectiveness of Triple Therapy for Hepatitis C
- Department: Gastroenterology, Pharmacy
- Potential benefits: Pharmacists will partner with consultative internal medicine providers and nursing staff to collaboratively manage patients treated with triple therapy for hepatitis C. This pilot will be rolled out at Tacoma Medical Center and Bremerton East Specialty Center.
Medical Assistant-Delivered Health Coaching for Adult Obesity
- Department: Clinical Improvement and Prevention
- Potential benefits: The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle intervention to address obesity in adult Group Health members. It is a group-based, year-long intervention developed and tested by the National Institutes of Health and disseminated by the CDC. The pilot will explore approaches for implementing DPP as an obesity-specific intervention in up to three populations, and establish a foundation for full implementation of the program, if it proves successful