For help tracking system performance over time, identifying a problem in need of attention, or planning an intervention with the best chance to succeed, we recommend visiting the following Internet resources.
- HQSC Online Library - Members can access useful tools from our shared Google Drive. In it, you'll find the Internal Medicine QI Handbook, a set of QI Commandments, a charter template that doubles as a refresher to the IHI Model for Improvement, a development checklist that offers step-by-step guidance from project inception to report out, and statistical process control (SPC) chart Excel worksheets. SPC chart files are provided courtesy of the VA National Center for Patient Safety.
- QI Match - To join an improvement effort already underway rather than develop a project de novo, simply connect to QI Match to browse a catalog of projects seeking housestaff participation. Search by content area, location, or time requirement and directly reach out to project owners using the built-in contact form. Read more about QI Match here or access the site here.
- Access-to-Excellence - Visualize current health system performance in a number of quality and safety areas using this dashboard tool. Information can be broken down by UW Medicine clinical entity, service line, and various measurement bundles. Access requires AMC login credentials.
- De-identified Clinical Data Repository (DCDR) - DCDR is an online tool that allows investigators with specific clinical questions to identify patient cohorts and assess the viability of proposed research. DCDR contains a subset of the clinical data collected through UW informatics systems. It features a secure, web-based query interface. For example, an investigator can request "a count of patients 18-34 with an ICD-9 diagnosis of 250.* who were discharged alive within the past 6 months", and DCDR would return a value matching those parameters. Access to DCDR requires administrative approval, which can be requested here. DCDR is supported by the Institute of Translational Health Sciences.
- Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP) - PSIP provides pilot funding and scholarship coaching to teams pursuing innovative projects that improve patient care quality and safety, strengthen the patient-provider relationship, and bolster patient safety education. PSIP grants are awarded through the UW Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality & Safety.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - AHRQ is the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, complementing the biomedical research mission of its sister agency, the National Institutes of Health. AHRQ supports improvements in health outcomes, develops strategies to strengthen quality measurement and improvement, and identifies strategies to improve healthcare access, foster appropriate use, and reduce unnecessary expenditures. The AHRQ Patient Safety Network, in particular, contains a wealth of information on patient safety and quality improvement topics.
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School - The Open School network allows health professions students, residents, and faculty to connect with one another and learn the fundamentals of patient safety, quality improvement, leadership, and patient-centered high-value care through modular online self-study. HQSC members are required to complete the IHI Open School Basic Curriculum in order to qualify for the UW GME Graduate Quality & Safety Certificate.