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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 13 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 foster success in adopting and implementing electronic health records at over 4,800 priority primary care providers and 115 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 works locally to achieve national health care quality goals, through Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network – the Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) which serves Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. We bring communities together for learning and action, support providers and practitioners with evidence-based clinical interventions and objective expertise, and improve the value of health care. We are:

  • Improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac health care disparities
  • Reducing disparities in diabetes care
  • Improving prevention coordination through health information technology
  • Reducing health care associated infections in hospitals
  • Reducing health care acquired conditions in nursing homes
  • Improving the coordination of care between health care settings
  • Improving 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 are one of 14 QIN-QIOs across the country working to implement national health care quality priorities on the local level.

Learn more about the QIO work

QIO Impact in Minnesota

QIO Impact in U.S.

News and Resources

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Jennifer Lundblad

2015 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients Announced This grant award, given to four recipients this year, supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota.

Stratis Health Elects Three Health Care Leaders to Board of Directors Renee Frauendienst, Stephen Kolar, and Mike Wilcox have been elected to the board of directors of Stratis Health.

Seven Step Root Cause Analysis Toolkit for Long-Term Care A free step-by-step guide to RCA—a key quality improvement method.

Medication Reconciliation in Care Transitions Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes A new white paper highlights the waste and risk in care transitions between hospitals and nursing homes, and recommends three actions for improving medication management as a solution.

Stratis Health to Support CMS Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center Work will focus on quality improvement for nursing homes and the use of electronic health records to improve quality in clinical practices.

Healthcare Changes and the Affordable Care Act: A Physician Call to Action Jane Pederson, medical affairs director, co-authored this book’s chapter on Quality Improvement Organizations. The book focuses on how geriatricians and other health care professionals can respond to the roll-out of the ACA in their communities.

George Family Foundation Honors Jennifer Lundblad Jennifer Lundblad, president and CEO, Stratis Health, will be recognized as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16.

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Quick Links

CHAIN - preventing HAIs website

Culture Care Connection - cultural competency learning center

Donna's Diary - nursing home quality improvement

Enjoy a Healthy Life! - conversations that empower seniors to take an active role in their health care.

Health Information Technology Services - including HIT toolkits for various settings

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

RARE Campaign - improving care transitions


Publications - Quality Update newsletter fall 2014

Training & Events