Partnership for Innovation

Group Health knows that front line clinical teams are often in the best position to identify innovations that improve care, reduce costs, and increase patient satisfaction. Our medical teams are strongly committed to doing what's right, for their patients and for medicine. When a Group Health physician, clinician, pharmacist, or other staff has an innovative idea, the Group Health Foundation's Partnership for Innovation (PFI) can help bring their passion and vision to life. This Foundation funding mechanism supports Group Health's strategic purposes and provides a collaborative, think tank opportunity for innovative ideas that lead to improved care for our members. The Partnership for Innovation is a collaboration of our medical and business leadership, our patient-facing medical and clinical staff, and the generosity of our donors.

In 2015, the following projects were funded:

  • Pharmacy Cooperative Care: synchronize refills for patients filling multiple chronic medications to reduce inefficiency of frequent pharmacy interactions, optimize medication therapy, and improve patient adherence
  • Health Outcomes Survey to Support Medicare 5-Star Rating: understand and better meet patients' needs around: 1) overall mental and physical health compared to 1 year ago, 2) level of physical activity, and, 3) concerns about balance or falling
  • Evaluating the Impact of the Gestational Diabetes Guideline at Group Health: determine if changes to diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus improved or worsened maternal and infant outcomes
  • Home Health Fall Prevention-Otago Program Pilot: evaluate implementation and results of Otago, a 52-week intervention including 7-8 in-person physical therapy visits in patient's homes to teach progressive strength and balance exercises to reduce falls
  • Community Resource Specialist (CRS) Pilot Extension and Evaluation: Extend support of CRS roles in Rainier and Puyallup who link patients to the community resources they need to improve their health
  • Promote smoking cessation in an insured population: increase participation in the "Quit for Life" program by conducting a pilot trial testing the feasibility and potential effectiveness of a mail-based intervention to increase short-term enrollment in "Quit for Life"
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