2015 - 2016
Drawing on experience gained the preceding academic year, when project sustainability proved to be especially challenging, we opted in 2015-2016 to experiment with decentralized project selection. Rather than present a pre-selected theme, members were encouraged instead to develop proposals based on personal interests or to join improvement work already in progress. This approach, intended to maximize motivation and ensure continuity outside of the committee, mirrors the concept behind QI Match. Members are engaged in 14 projects touching on the following themes this year:
- Structured handoffs
- Chronic disease panel management
- Patient education
- Racial inequality
- Peri-procedural safety
- Clinic workflow inefficiency
2014 - 2015
For the 2014-2015 academic year, members were divided into four subcommittees: inpatient, outpatient, surgical services, and critical care. Each team pursued a project on the theme of high-value care:
Results from all of these projects are featured in the first volume of our annual publication, HOUSE.
A major undertaking of the committee's early years was development of the Problem List Manager (PLM). This software application interfaces with the electronic health record in use at UW Medicine, scans documentation for clinical terms, and proposes diagnoses to the provider that he or she may want to enter into the patient's problem list. PLM development was funded through a PSIP grant awarded by the UW Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality & Safety. Read more about this project here.