Altarum’s Center for Implementation Science works to advance health care delivery through direct-to-provider technical assistance (TA) and implementation science research. We work with hospitals and practices throughout Michigan to help them meet new regulations and reporting requirements, optimize workflows, meaningfully use new technologies, and better manage patient populations. Through our work, we see a strong need for support as providers adopt new strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the practice of medicine. That’s were our assistance comes in—we help accelerate the adoption of best practices and advance national objectives: improving patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the cost of health care.
Our team offers technical expertise paired with in-house implementation science research to help guide policy and make adoption of technology and achievement of quality improvement easier on practices. Housing one of the nation’s largest and most successful health IT regional extension centers (RECs), we know first-hand how difficult it is to effect change “on the ground,” altering the practices of individual providers and modernizing community infrastructures. Our researchers work to understand the barriers of fully embracing adoption of health IT tools and provide solutions to foster long-term change, often through technical support. We have been consistently able to use this model successfully to achieve practice transformation and quality improvement gains.
Direct-to-provider assistance for adopting and optimizing health IT tools and leveraging health IT to support clinical and administrative quality improvement for better health care delivery. Expert consultants and practice coaches help providers to engage their patient base and optimize their systems and workflows to reduce waste, increase quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Qualitative research projects focus on analyzing health IT implementation or quality improvement interventions, using surveys, interviews, and cognitive task analysis tools with physician practices. By understanding the granular level of targeted practices experience with health IT and quality interventions, our research identifies themes to shape best practices, identify program deficiencies, and offer potential solutions.