IU Med School Leading 'Transformational' Program

Posted: Updated:
INDIANAPOLIS -

A new $46 million program spearheaded by the Indiana University School of Medicine is taking on the lofty goal of improving health care while lowering costs. The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network involves training and deploying "quality improvement advisors" to transform the way 10 million patients are cared for by 11,500 medical professionals at hospitals throughout Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The network is a collaboration among nearly three dozen university and state-connected partners designed to reduce unnecessary visits and testing, while potentially saving $1 billion.

The program involves more than 50 advisors. IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science Chief Operating Officer Malaz Boustani says the effort will tackle issues facing the "rapidly-changing" health care system. He says it will provide practitioners "personalized and locally sensitive tools" to accomplish its goals. IU says the program will focus on incorporating three key approaches to improve care for conditions including high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, depression and diabetes management:

  • Implementation science to develop tools, process and strategies for rapid implementation of evidence based medicine into the local real world.
  • Lean and Six Sigma process improvement tools.
  • Patient-centric, personalized population health management.

The Great Lakes network is part of the $685 million Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Twenty-nine organizations received funding nationwide.

You can read more about the program by clicking here.

IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science Chief Operating Officer Malaz Boustani says the effort is moving rapidly.
  • Perspectives

    • How Telling Your Customers 'No' Can Improve Loyalty

      Business usually try to convert customers into loyalists by giving them what they want. That statement seems obvious... until it's not. Take Milktooth in Indianapolis, for example. The restaurant has become a star of the food scene by telling customers "no." This flies in the face of what most businesses consider to be standard operating procedure. But for Milktooth, saying no is simply good business.

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • How Telling Your Customers 'No' Can Improve Loyalty

      Business usually try to convert customers into loyalists by giving them what they want. That statement seems obvious... until it's not. Take Milktooth in Indianapolis, for example. The restaurant has become a star of the food scene by telling customers "no." This flies in the face of what most businesses consider to be standard operating procedure. But for Milktooth, saying no is simply good business.

    • Historic Indy Building to Become Hotel

      A nearly 110-year-old building in downtown Indianapolis will soon have new life. Indianapolis-based real estate development firm Loftus Robinson is partnering with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in California to transform the former Odd Fellows building into a 130-room hotel with a signature restaurant. Financial terms of the project are not being disclosed, however the developer says the hotel is scheduled to open in early 2020 and create about 150 hotel and restaurant jobs.

    • Lessonly Announces More Growth

      Indianapolis-based Lessonly Inc. says a $2 million investment will create more than 100 jobs by 2020. The training software company says it will initially build on its current operations, but will look to expand its footprint in the city during the next five years. Last month, Lessonly announced an $8 million round of funding. The growth will more than double the current size of the Lessonly team. The new positions are expected to pay...

    • Second Vigo County School Funds Thief Convicted

      An accomplice in a theft of more than $110,000 from the Vigo County School Corp. has been convicted in federal court. Franklin Fennell, the district's former facilities director, will serve up to 20 years in prison for a scheme involving kick-backs on falsified work invoices. The office of United States Attorney Josh Minkler says Fennell and former Vigo County Sheriff's Department deputy Frank Shahadey worked with a local contractor to create and submit invoices that either included...

    • New Hotel Opens in Vincennes

      An $8.5 million hotel is now open in southwest Indiana. The 79-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Vincennes employs 21 associates. Hotel Development Services and Vincennes Hotel Developers LLC owns the property, which is managed by Indianapolis-based General Hotels Corp. General Manager Virgil Rasche says...