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 2013-2014


Association of Physical Function and Pain with Objectively Measured Physical Activity Post Joint Surgery
Test the use of objective physical activity monitoring devices among candidates

Chemical Dependency, Behavioral Health Services, GHRI, Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders: 3 Visits in 30 Days
Improve the quality of care among patients with alcohol or drug use disorders (AOD)

Preventive Care, Shared Decision Making for Maternity Care
Support ongoing shared decision-making in maternity care and expand the suite of available decision aids

Innovation and Development, Novel Approaches to Management of High Risk Patients
Experimenting with hotspotting and designing new care delivery approaches aimed at identifying upstream sentinel event(s) and broadening community-based care


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

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