Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

Research and Data

The Iowa Health Collaborative (IHC) is a nonprofit organization engaged in applied research. The Collaborative routinely studies specific clinical processes, services, efficiencies, and populations to gain knowledge, identify trends, determine needs, and apply best practices – this in an effort to meet the healthcare needs of Iowans, as well as those of residents in over thirty (30) other states.  The research in which IHC is engaged applies methods from clinical sciences, social sciences, continuous process improvement, and the humanities. The study of how people approach, process, and document the healthcare experience is a significant determinant in the effectiveness of treatment and prospect for recovery. 

The IHC work program applies the compiled and analyzed healthcare data and information to achieve reductions in patient harm, adverse clinical events and treatment outcomes, and hospital readmissions – with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare performance overall.  Three major federal grants constitute the vast majority of IHC’s focus and resources:

  • Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) works with hospitals to improve patient safety and quality-of-care.
  • State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative collaborates with communities, local public health offices, and populations that experience health disparities or account for a disproportionate percentage of health costs.
  • Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) focuses on clinicians to drive for and achieve large-scale health transformation with comprehensive quality improvement strategies. 

The work of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative utilizes an array of applications for improving patient care, hospital performance, and population health – all of which are based on scientific models, including the analysis of data with current research principles.  In this context, IHC research is performed with systematic reviews of the literature, integration of research findings, analysis of primary and secondary data, and working closely with clinicians and other health industry experts to influence and effect the change which ultimately improves the health of our population.


Iowa Reports

Most Recent Iowa Report
Iowa Report 2015
Iowa Report 2014
Iowa Report 2009
Iowa Report 2008
Iowa Report 2007

Publications

Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP

Statewide Strategy to Improve Perinatal Care and Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
Evans, T., Nugent, M. and Meyer, R. (2014, September 17). Statewide Strategy to Improve Perinatal Care and Reduce Early Elective Deliveries. Los Angeles, CA.

Leading Change During Healthcare Transformation
Evans, T. (2012). Leading Change During Healthcare Transformation. Iowa Medicine, 20-23.

Voluntary Reporting of Employee Influenza Vaccination Rates by Acute care Hospitals in Iowa: The Impact of a Four-Year Provider-Based Statewide Performance Improvement Project
Helms, C.M., Polgreen, P.M., Evans, T.C., Roberts, L.L., Clabaugh, G., Quinlisk, P., & Polgreen, L.A. (2011). Voluntary Reporting of Employee Influenza Vaccination Rates by Acute Care Hospitals in Iowa: The Impact of a Four-Year Provider-Based Statewide Performance Improvement Project. Vaccine, 29(19).

A Statewide System for Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates in Hospital Employees
Polgreen, P.M., Polgreen, L.A., Evans, T.C., Helms, C.M. (2009). A Statewide System for Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates in Hospital Employees. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 30(5). 

National Quality Forum 30 Safe Practices: Priority and Progress in Iowa Hospitals
Ward, M.M., Evans, T.C., Spies, A.J., Roberts, L.L., Wakefield, D.S. (2006). National Quality Forum 30 Safe Practices: Priority and Progress in Iowa Hospitals. American Journal of Medical Quality, 21(2). 

Sarah Pavelka, PhD, MHA, OTR/L, CPHQ, FNAHQ

The Relationship Between Hospital Leadership Activities and Clinical Quality Outcomes in Iowa
Pavelka, S. (2016). The Relationship Between Hospital Leadership Activities and Clinical Quality Outcomes in Iowa. Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies.

Tool Time for Lean: Choosing Wisely and Implementing Quality Improvement Lean Tools
Langford, D.P. & Pavelka, S. (2012). Tool Time for Lean: Choosing Wisely and Implementing Quality Improvement Lean Tools. Molt, MT: Langford International.

Kirk Phillips, PhD, MS, MSW

Locoregional Therapy with Curative Intent versus Primary Liver Transplant for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Murali, A.R., Patil S., Phillips, K.T., Voigt, M. (2017). Locoregional Therapy with Curative Intent versus Primary Liver Transplant for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Transplantation, 101(8), 249-257.

A Retrospective Evaluation of Response to Vitamin D Supplementation in Community Clinics
Bryant, G.A., Koenigsfeld, C.F., Lehman, N.P., Smith, H.L., Logemann, C.D., Phillips, K.T. (2014). A Retrospective Evaluation of Response to Vitamin D Supplementation in Community Clinics. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 28(6), 543-547.

Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Patients Having Surgery: Patient Perceptions of a Revised Health Literacy-Based Consent Process
Miller, M.J., Abrams, M.A., Earles, B., Phillips, K.T., McCleeary, E.M. (2011). Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Patients Having Surgery: Patient Perceptions of a Revised Health Literacy-Based Consent Process. Journal of Patient Safety, 7(1). 

Development of an Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline on Linear Growth Measurement of Children
Foote, J.M., Brady, L.H., Burke, A.L., Cook, J.S., Dutcher, M.E., Gradoville, K.M., Groos, J.A., Kinkade, K.M., Meeks, R.A., Mohr, P.J., Schultheis, D.S., Walker, B.S., Phillips, K.T. (2011). Development of an Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline on Linear Growth Measurement of Children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26(4), 312-324.

Intelligent Data Analysis in bioMedicine and Pharmacology
Workshop on Intelligent Data Analysis in bioMedicine and Pharmacology. (2009, July 19). Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. Vienna, IT.

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