Northwestern Medicine clinicians manage a high volume of patients who require digestive health care with varying patient acuity and procedure complexity. We expect our clinicians to deliver the highest quality of care, but can only be achieved via continuous quality improvement efforts. A multi-disciplinary team is integral to quality improvement research. While much of the expertise required for quality improvement research is shared for all disease states (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, reflux, etc.), digestive health quality improvement initiatives have traditionally been supported as individual research proposals. However, we recently formed a digestive health quality improvement group which consists of a multi-disciplinary team of gastroenterologists, surgeons, advanced practice providers, registered nurses, and patient safety/quality/process improvement leaders. This group serves as a central hub for digestive health quality improvement research allowing expertise and resources to be shared. However, our collaborative group does not have reliable access to a programmer analyst. An analyst provides expertise in electronic health record data acquisition and subsequent data analysis, facilitating rapid assessment of outcomes after quality improvement interventions. We propose that the addition of a dedicated programmer analyst will positively impact both digestive health quality improvement research and associated patient care.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/18 → 8/31/21|
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Agreement 4/12/18)
- Digestive Health Foundation (Agreement 4/12/18)