A snapshot of work by IHPI members who strive to improve the quality, safety, accessibility, equity, and affordability of healthcare

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U-M ‘Healthy Call’ partnership assisting local entities in developing sustainable programs with plans to extend platform throughout Latin America Improving healthcare delivery doesn’t have to rely on complicated or expensive technology. But to make healthcare better and reach more of the people who ... more
Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership aims to improve physical + mental health services for state residents Many people living with mental illness – and serious mental illness in particular – also live with multiple medical comorbidities (cardiovascular disease risk factors being #1) that ... more
A view of the CHAT online decision-making tool
Informing tough choices when you can’t have it all We all know that healthcare resources are finite, and deciding how to spend these resources most effectively is a complex, often emotionally charged, and not always well-informed process. Tradeoffs are necessary, and priorities can vary greatly ... more
The mission of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) is to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivery through a multi-disciplinary, systems engineering-based approach. CHEPS focuses on: COLLABORATION: The University of Michigan has nationally recognized ... more
The Center for Health Communications Research is a designated a Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research by the National Cancer Institute and has conducted research in individually tailored health communications since 1995. The Center has developed over 100 tailored research ... more
IHPI member Tom Buchmueller views healthcare reform through the familiar prism of an economist: supply and demand. In collaboration with other IHPI members, he is observing healthcare reform from both sides of the equation. Buchmueller is a professor of Risk Management, Insurance, Business ... more
Amid our noisy and confusing U.S. healthcare debate, it can be hard to hear the voice of the individual patient. For physicians, listening to that voice is essential to doing their jobs – shouldn’t the same be true when determining health policy? IHPI member Matthew Davis , M.D. M.A.P.P. thinks so ... more
Michigan is one of 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults in 2014-15. How is this shift impacting physicians and other healthcare providers? As more emphasis is placed on controlling costs, what kind of tradeoffs are providers considering to ... more
Responding to the Needs of the Underserved
Responding To The Needs Of The Underserved Overcoming disparities in healthcare and outcomes is a primary component of IHPI’s mission. That mission starts right in our own backyard, with healthcare interventions designed and implemented for specific populations in need, including residents of the ... more
Research conducted by U-M surgeons shows that, among patients scheduled for major surgery, those who make even modest positive lifestyle changes prior to their procedure show impressive gains in how well they bounce back. A pre-surgery “boot camp” for patients is already in place within the U-M ... more
Example of health data visualization for smoking cessation
When it comes to our bodies, data abounds. We all have a blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels, A1c, BMI, and more. We have risks, too. We might have or be at risk for cancer, or heart disease, or have a higher risk of experiencing a side effect of a medication or treatment than someone else. ... more
Our state’s largest health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has already recognized the merit of partnering with the University of Michigan to take on critical issues of quality and value within our healthcare system. Several IHPI members are lending their expertise to the ... more
Value-Based Insurance Design: Moving the conversation from how much to how well
The history of healthcare is marked by an interesting paradox: Despite countless innovations with proven clinical benefits such as immunizations, cancer screenings and other preventive care measures, evidence indicates that Americans consistently underutilize these high-value services. For over a ... more