Partnership for Innovation

Group Health knows that front line clinical teams are often in the best positions to identify innovations that improve care, reduce costs, and increase patient satisfaction. The Partnership for Innovation is making a significant impact here because Group Health medical teams are strongly committed to doing what's right, for their patients and for medicine.

The Partnership for Innovation can help bring the passion and vision of our staff to life. When one of our physicians, nurses, pharmacists, or other staff has an idea, a cross-functional team of Group Health leaders evaluates the proposal. Once it passes scrutiny, donors to the Group Health Foundation fund a pilot, usually at our medical centers. After this real-world test, researchers from Group Health Research Institute analyze the results and this information helps to determine if the innovation can be implemented system-wide.

A three-way collaboration makes the Partnership for Innovation possible: the rigorous expertise of our research institute, the vision of our clinical teams, and the generosity of our donors. Between 2008 and 2013, Foundation donors have invested more than $3.3 million into patient-centered research — 34 pilot projects conceived of and carried out here at Group Health.

Selected Pilots Funded in 2012-2013


Peer Support for Breast Cancer
Provide group support for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors

Expanding Patient Access to Health Information: Open Notes
Increase patient engagement by providing access to progress notes from doctors

Improving Advance Care Planning for Dementia Patients, Phase II
Support newly diagnosed dementia patients with video-based shared decision aids

Cost Transparency in Chemotherapy
Develop chemotherapy cost estimates to help patients make informed cancer treatment decisions

Training Medical Assistants as Health Coaches, Phases I & II
Train medical assistants to initiate and lead group lifestyle coaching sessions to reduce obesity


Improving Adherence and Cost Effectiveness of Triple Therapy for Hepatitis C
Enhance care for hepatitis C patients through pharmacist-managed education and communication

Choosing Wisely: Reducing Low-value Care Phases I & II
Improve quality of care and reduce patient costs by identifying and eliminating unnecessary and ineffective treatments and procedures

Advance Care Planning, Phase I
Provide video-based decision aids to help patients develop end-of-life plans

Teledermatology Pilot
Improve patient access to dermatologists using digital photographs and virtual consultation

Walk and Talk With Your Doc
Enhance health benefits by encouraging walking among clinic staff and outpatients

Improving Care for Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Promote communications with non-native English speakers to ensure evidence-based prevention services

Creating Pharmacy Profiles for New Members
Improve complex medication management for new members using network providers

Better Medication Management for Dementia Patients
Help clinic staff and caregivers coordinate complex medication management

Rapid Detection of Infections
Increase the speed and accuracy of time-sensitive laboratory results

Improving Adherence to Chronic Medications
Improve health outcomes for Medicare Part D PPO patients with chronic conditions

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