Tracking Progress in Health Care Integration and Adoption of Best Practices for High Performance: A Data Brief Series

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The U.S. health care system is entering a phase during which dramatic changes-both planned and unanticipated-will occur more rapidly than at any time in the past. This project will produce four to six data briefs for WhyNotTheBest.org and The Commonwealth Fund's main Web site that summarize information about the nature and impact of these structural and organizational changes. Drawing from the data 'warehouse' maintained by the Health Research and Educational Trust, the briefs, which will reflect national health reform priorities, will cover such topics as: the wider use of health information technology by providers and its impact on quality and efficiency; how hospitals' efforts to reduce readmissions are affected by external factors like population health; and how the level of service integration relates to performance. The new publications will identify for health system leaders and policymakers the new interventions that produce results, while also illuminating unanticipated effects that may result.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Health Research and Educational Trust
Principal Investigator:
Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.
Award Amount:
$215,944.00
Approval Date:
November 9, 2010

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