IHPI health services researchers are taking on the most perplexing issues involving medications, Medicare, and our aging population, engaging with patients, payers and policy makers and leading the charge to educate and empower the elderly.
Many IHPI members maintain active clinical practices in cancer care. They are conducting novel studies and developing interventions designed to help patients and providers partner more effectively throughout the cancer treatment journey.
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 City of Detroit, and military veterans who receive care at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Health Care Systems.
While not every prescribed opioid sets this heartbreaking pattern of use, abuse, addiction and overdose in motion, more and more do. To stem the tide, IHPI members are working to break a number of links in the chain. Their work is yielding potent evidence-based interventions and policy recommendations.
Our nation’s healthcare landscape is undergoing its most significant transformation since the launch of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The evolving discussions on healthcare reform in the United States represent an unprecedented opportunity for IHPI to provide decision makers with critical evidence and expert perspectives on questions about access, quality, costs, and health outcomes, starting in our home state of Michigan.
IHPI members are working to make surgery and hospitalization less risky propositions. Through numerous cross-disciplinary initiatives, many of which are garnering state and national attention and adoption, they are designing ways to anticipate and counteract human error, ensure improved communication and better prepare both doctors and patients to succeed.
Young people face a different set of health challenges than those faced later in life. Many IHPI members are devoting efforts toward devising better ways to protect young people from harm by identifying risk factors and preventing acute illnesses and injuries.
IHPI members are proving that a variety of accessible information tools can help patients, caregivers and providers connect and stay on track. Meanwhile, IHPI members are also studying policy options around optimizing our nation’s health information technology infrastructure to help ensure those systems can exchange information in a more meaningful way that results in safe and timely patient care.
We know the times at hand are fraught with immense challenges to our nation’s health and prosperity. Yet we at IHPI are fueled by clear-eyed optimism and the belief that our work can surmount these challenges.
This publication provides powerful examples of the many ways that IHPI members are advancing our understanding of healthcare and making a difference in improving the health of individuals and communities across our nation and around the world.