The Impact of Patient Complexity on Health Care Utilization

By Anna Templeton and the Project Study Team Social determinants of health (SDH), including the economic, social, and environmental characteristics of communities where people live, affect a wide range of health outcomes and risks. A large body of research suggests that SDH may contribute as much or even more to … Continued

Dr. Jennifer DeVoe, OCHIN, and OHSU Finish IMPACCT Kids Care Study

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer DeVoe, OCHIN, and OHSU on recently finishing the IMPACCT Kids Care study, the first Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded study to successfully complete the PCORI peer review process. The study evaluated the effectiveness of insurance tracking tools in the electronic health records at community … Continued

Introduction to OCHIN’s Patient Investigators: Part 1

The OHSU and OCHIN Research teams recently collaborated on a blog post with three Patient Engagement Panel (PEP) members to explore why they became Patient Investigators. “Traditionally, research is thought of as something that people with PhDs in “ivory towers” do to people in the general public. They create a … Continued

CHITO Whitepaper Aimed to Align Health Measurement in Oregon Released Today

The Collaborative for Health Technology in Oregon (CHITO), a strategic multi-stakeholder alliance created to align and improve the planning, execution, utility, and efficiency of Health Information Technology (HIT) in Oregon, has released a whitepaper to help determine an overarching set of measures that can be used to guide health care … Continued

OCHIN & Partners Approved for $8.69 Million in Second Phase of Development of PCORnet, a New National Clinical Research Network

OCHIN and its partners has been approved for a three-year $8.69 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Partners in this project include CareOregon, Fenway Health, Health Choice Network, Kaiser … Continued

Kaiser Permanente Helps Community Health Centers Implement New Medication Protocol Aimed at Reducing Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

PORTLAND, Ore., June 11, 2015 — Prescriptions for a medication regimen to reduce heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes increased by nearly 40 percent after community health centers implemented Kaiser Permanente’s “ALL” quality improvement protocol, according to a new study published in Implementation Science, an open access journal … Continued

UPDATED! OCHIN CMO Dr. Scott Fields Contributes to AHRQ Article: “Using Health Information Technology to Support Quality Improvement in Primary Care”

OCHIN’s CMO, Dr. Scott Fields, recently contributed to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) article about Health IT for quality improvement in the primary care setting. The article, which appears in full on the the AHRQ website, is excerpted below: “Revitalizing the primary care system in the United … Continued