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Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Stratis Health is an independent nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety. For over 40 years, we've worked across settings of care to improve the health of individuals and communities, and to improve the processes used to deliver care.

Stratis Health facilitates learning and action networks across communities, and provides direct technical assistance to health care providers. We have four key program areas: health disparities, health IT, rural health and serving as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

Examples of our program areas in action:

  • Working with 23 rural communities in Minnesota to start or strengthen palliative care programs.
  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to 23 clinics and 3 public health agencies to measure and enhance the cultural competence of their clinical and non-clinical staff working with multicultural patient/client populations.
  • Serving as the Regional Extension Center for MN and ND, we fostered success in adopting and implementing electronic health records with nearly 5,100 clinicians at 662 clinic locations and 121 critical access/rural hospitals.

Stratis Health works with providers in the field to develop and implement improvement projects, using measurement and evidence-based best practices, and translating research into practice, in order to facilitate sustainable improvement in health and health care delivery.

We make lives better.

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Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization

Stratis Health worked to achieve national health care quality goals, through Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network – the Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) which served Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin from 2014-2019. We brought communities together for learning and action, supported providers and practitioners with evidence-based clinical interventions and objective expertise, and improved the value of health care. We:

  • Improved cardiac health and reducing cardiac health care disparities
  • Reduced disparities in diabetes care
  • Improved prevention coordination through health information technology
  • Reduced health care associated infections in hospitals
  • Reduced health care acquired conditions in nursing homes
  • Improved the coordination of care between health care settings
  • Improved quality through performance-based incentives and reporting programs

Stratis Health has supported quality improvement on behalf of Medicare for the state of Minnesota since the inception of the QIO program in 1971. We work to implement national health care quality priorities on the local level.

Learn more about the QIO work

Lake Superior QIN Impact

News and Resources


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Stratis Health Announces National Virtual Quality Improvement Mentors for Critical Access Hospitals Stratis Health announced eight critical access hospital (CAH) staff who will serve as national Virtual Quality Improvement Mentors through a new initiative that aims to broadly transfer knowledge from leading CAH quality improvement staff to others across the country.

Updated Diversity in Minnesota Information Sheets Provide Insight for Better Care Learn more about the background, religious and cultural beliefs, communication preferences, and common health issues of the underserved and predominant minority populations in Minnesota.

Sustainability Strategies for Community-based Palliative Care Stratis Health has gathered a summary of field-tested approaches and supporting resources to assist rural community-based palliative care programs in identifying financial strategies to support and sustain services.

Minnesota’s 2019 State of Health Care Quality This brief calls out six select cross-cutting areas of health and care that show where Minnesota stands today and signal where work is needed.

2019 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients Five grant awards were made to Minnesota nonprofits in conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Accelerating Health Care Affordability Event – Summary Report Minnesota leaders strategized multi-stakeholder approaches to accelerating affordability and described for future action steps in Minnesota.

Stratis Health Announces New Board Members – Mark Holder, Ruby Schoen, and John Selstad The new members bring a combination of clinical experience and innovative thinking with particular strengths in aging well, long-term care, connecting all aspects of care, and health care workforce.

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Quick Links

CHAIN - preventing HAIs website

Culture Care Connection - cultural competency learning center

Health Information Technology Services - including HIT toolkits for various settings

Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative - promoting a patient-centered approach in Minnesota

MIPS Estimator - plan how to improve quality and succeed in the Quality Payment Program

Superior Health Quality Alliance - Quality Innovation


Publications - Quality Update newsletter fall 2019

Training & Events