WellSpan Health has joined an initiative to speed up long lag times between when research findings are published and when they are put into tangible use for patient care.
WellSpan Health said it is one of 42 health systems across the country to be selected by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to participate in its Health System Implementation Initiative (HHII).
According to PCORI, there is currently an estimated 17-year lag between publication of research results that have been shown to improve patients’ outcomes, and when those findings can achieve widespread uptake in health care practices.
“WellSpan Health is committed to developing leading-edge practices and continuous improvement measures to advance the future of health care from right here in South Central Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Michael Seim, senior vice president and chief quality officer, WellSpan Health.
“Most importantly, this collaboration will enable us to develop and quickly implement improvements to deliver more advanced and safer care to our friends and neighbors across the region we call home,” Seim said.
HSII participating health systems have the opportunity to prepare proposals for capacity building projects in the first stage of the initiative. Each participating health system can receive up to $500,000 for a project in this initial stage that supports preparation for future implementation strategies.
A second HSII funding opportunity will support practical and innovative projects that promote uptake of specific evidence from PCORI-funded research studies within the health systems, with funds ranging from $500,000 to $5 million per implementation project.
In addition, through the HSII Learning Network, WellSpan and other participants will share experiences and learn from one another about best practices for implementation, evaluation metrics, and other topics integral to successful implementation of care-informing strategies, WellSpan said.
Through the network, participants will provide input to PCORI on topics and specific PCORI-funded findings of interest for future implementation projects.