Select LHS Program projects

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KPWHRI researchers team up with partners from care delivery to present their collaborative work at the December 2018 LHS Program All Hands Luncheon.

Research-care delivery partnerships in action

To date, more than 30 researchers from across Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) are collaborating with partners in our care delivery system on dozens of projects aimed at helping us ensure Kaiser Permanente Washington is the best place in our region to give and get health care. Here are just a few examples:

Creating value for our members through advanced analytics

Using variation analysis, a team of researchers, data experts, and clinical leaders is working together to improve quality and affordability by reducing variation and utilization of low-value care. This work is focused on the highest cost, highest burden health conditions across our region. A second analytics-related LHS partnership is focused on developing predictive models to inform better targeting of care management services to the patient populations who need them most.

Supporting innovative, patient-centered design in new clinics by synthesizing research evidence and best practices

In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders from across Kaiser Permanente, LHS researchers are reviewing the latest scientific evidence and developing rapid assessment approaches to clarify clinic goals.

Improving access and service by supporting implementation and evaluating the Community Resource Specialist (CRS) role

Implementation scientists at KPWHRI are working with behavioral health experts at Kaiser Permanente Washington to define the core components of the new CRS role, support its implementation, and evaluate its impact. (The CRS is a primary care team member who connects patients with community-based resources to help them carry out the care plan be active in their own care.)


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Can targeted flu vaccines lower hospitalization risk?

A Learning Health System project finds Kaiser Permanente Washington members who would benefit most from preventive services, writes Dr. Paula Lozano.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

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