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Cincinnati Children’s to Join National Health Systems Implementation Initiative

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42 health systems to receive PCORI funds to accelerate uptake of evidence-based practices

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has selected Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as one of 42 health systems nationwide that will work to move evidence-based innovations in care more quickly into day-to-day practice.

The PCORI’s Health Systems Implementation Initiative (HSII) goal: to cut down the estimated 17-year lag between publication of research results that have been shown to improve patients’ outcomes and their widespread uptake in health care practice.

To carry out the work, each participating member, including Cincinnati Children’s, can receive funding for two projects: up to $500,000 for an initial planning stage and a second funding stage ranging up to $5 million for implementation.

“We are honored to be selected and to pursue this initiative. It dovetails with the emphasis on health system change that we have pursued for two decades at the Anderson Center. We excited to get to work,” says Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, co-director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence.

HSII participants collectively represent 800 hospitals serving 79 million unique patients—nearly a quarter of the U.S. population—across 41 states and the District of Columbia. They include academic medical centers, community-based systems, integrated healthcare delivery and finance systems, safety net health systems, faith-based systems, public health care delivery systems and a medical center within the Veterans Health Administration.

Cincinnati Children’s will focus on improvement within the health system, in the community and across the country in partnership with learning health networks of patients, clinicians and researchers focused on improving health care for children.

All 42 health systems plan to share their learnings via the HSII Learning Network, including best practices for implementation, evaluation metrics, and other topics integral to successful implementation of care-informing strategies.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Cincinnati Children’s and the other health systems participating in this groundbreaking initiative that will leverage their knowledge and experience to facilitate practice change and improve care based on results of PCORI-funded research,” says Nakela Cook, MD, MPH, PCORI’s executive director “The HSII participants’ efforts will lay the groundwork for future expansion and broader implementation by demonstrating pathways to uptake and sharing lessons learned across health systems.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization that funds comparative clinical effectiveness research. HSII is part of a portfolio of PCORI-funded efforts that aim to improve the awareness, uptake and use of results from patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.

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