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The Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement (IHCRI) was established by Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in 1999 to encourage and facilitate research relating to clinical effectiveness, patient safety and healthcare quality improvement throughout BHCS. The ongoing successes of these health care quality improvement and safety efforts have led to BHCS’s receipt of several regional and national awards including the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum (NQF). BHCS ranked second among more than 250 multi-hospital health care systems across the United States in overall quality of care by the American Hospital Association in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2010 Preeminence Award of the American Medical Group Association.
David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, MSPH, FACP, BHCS senior vice president and chief quality officer and president of STEEEP Global Institute (SGI), is executive director and BHCS Endowed Chair of the IHCRI.
Don Kennerly, MD, PhD, serves as vice president and associate chief quality officer of the Baylor Health Care System.
IHCRI research efforts align with the Institute of Medicine’s call for health care to become more STEEEP (Safe, Timely, Effective, Efficient, Equitable, and Patient Centered).
Examples of current and prior IHCRI health services research initiatives with peer reviewed funding across various disciplines (and investigators in those areas) are listed below:
Giovanni Filardo, PhD, MPH, director of epidemiology
Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation Science
Andrew Masica, MD, MSC, vice president of clinical innovation
Electronic Health Records
Dr. David Ballard
Neil S. Fleming, PhD, CQE, vice president and chief operating officer, SGI
Patient Safety Research
Dr. Donald Kennerly
Yan Xiao, PhD, director of patient safety research
Shahid Shafi, MD, MPH, clinical scholar, trauma surgeon and BIR director of rehabilitation research
Baylor researchers are collaborating with community members and organizations to define community health issues, interventions and research methods to test research hypotheses.
With a three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas worked with HealthTexas Provider Network's Office of Community Health and Central Dallas Ministries to measure the effectiveness of a volunteer health care delivery program. Project Access works to reduce emergency department visits by patients who have historically high rates of ER visits.
One result of the study has been the creation of a community-based chronic disease management program for patients with diabetes at Central Dallas Ministries-Community Health Services.
Future community health improvement research will study the effectiveness of chronic disease management for diabetic patients enrolled in Project Access and its impact on blood glucose control, quality of life, complication rates, hospital and emergency department utilization and re-admissions.
Find more information on a research study at Baylor.
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