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Stratis Health works toward its mission to improve health care quality and safety in Minnesota physician practices through initiatives funded by federal and state government contracts and community and foundation grants, including serving as Minnesota's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). We currently focus our physician practice quality improvement work in the areas of health information technology, prevention, and cultural competency.

Health information technology

Stratis Health is a resource for health care providers in their efforts to improve health care quality, prevention, and patient safety by implementing and optimizing the use of health information technology (HIT), specifically electronic health records (EHR) and e-prescribing. With state and federal mandates for implementing interoperable EHRs by 2015, Stratis Health has been working with Minnesota primary care clinics since 2005 to implement and optimize the use of EHR systems for tracking immunizations, mammograms, diabetes tests, and other health prevention procedures, and to establish preventive health reminder systems.

For information about how your organization can use HIT to improve health care, quality, and patient safety, contact Sue Severson, director of health information technology services at Stratis Health, 952-853-8538.

Medicare Quality Improvement

Physician practices across Minnesota are working to use EHR systems and evidence-based best practices to improve breast and colorectal cancer screening and influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates. With a history of providing health prevention information and resources and collaborating with local and national organizations that work to prevent serious diseases, Stratis Health promotes Medicare preventive health priorities, including influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, cancer and diabetes screening, and preventive measures for cardiovascular disease through its Lake Superior Quality Innvoation Network (QIN) work. Learn what initiatives you can be part of >

Prevention

Stratis Health works with specific physician practices in using EHR systems and evidence-based best practices to improve breast and colorectal cancer screening and influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates. With a history of providing health prevention information and resources and collaborating with local and national organizations that work to prevent serious diseases, Stratis Health promotes preventive health, including influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, cancer and diabetes screening, and preventive measures for cardiovascular disease.

Cultural competency

Stratis Health is involved in a unique collaboration dedicated to improving cultural competency and reducing health disparities in primary care clinics across Minnesota through the adoption and use of culturally and linguistically appropriate service standards for underserved populations. To address these issues and to gain a better understanding of cross- cultures, Stratis Health, in partnership with UCare, has invited eligible adult, primary care clinics to participate in a statewide cultural competency initiative.

Resources

Community & Clinic Update. This Lake Superior QIN newsletter provides physician practices with support that contributes to Minnesota's collaborative health care improvement environment. It provides updates on HIT, prevention, and cultural competency, including success stories, events, tools, and resources.

Stratis Health partners with a variety of Minnesota health care organizations and plays a key role in each organization in informing policy and working to achieve health care quality and patient safety goals that impact physician practices. Following is a list of a few of those organizations.

Minnesota e-Health Initiative. A public-private collaborative effort to improve health care quality, increase patient safety, reduce health care costs and enable individuals and communities to make the best possible health decisions by accelerating the adoption and use of health information technology.

Minnesota Cancer Alliance. A coalition of health care organizations, community-based groups, and volunteers that evolved from collaborative efforts to create Cancer Plan Minnesota. Founded in 2005, the Alliance was formed to support and implement the plan. Any organization or individual interested in working to reduce the state's cancer burden can join the Alliance at no cost.

As a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance, a statewide, comprehensive cancer control coalition, Stratis Health recommends the Minnesota Cancer Resources Web site to cancer patients, caregivers, and health care professionals as a valuable source for local cancer resources. Search by zip code, city, key word, or organization for local resources on support groups, in-home services, hospice, transportation, products, and more.

Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership. A coalition of health care consumers and literacy groups that together with the state's health and social service agencies and provider organizations, educate providers and consumers about health literacy.

Minnesota Diabetes Collaborative. The collaborative currently focuses on low literacy diabetes patient education tools and work to reduce health care disparities.

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Consumer Engagement Workgroup. Chaired by Stratis Health President and CEO Jennifer P. Lundblad, with a current focus on The D5, diabetes tools for consumers and providers. Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to help communities dramatically improve the quality of the health care they provide for chronic diseases in ambulatory settings.

Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.

If your organization has projects it would like to work on, contact us to discuss how we can work together to support clinic initiatives.

Health Information Technology

Sue Severson, director

Health Information Technology Services Center
952-853-8538

 

Prevention
Jerri Hiniker, program manager
952-853-8540

Cultural Competency
Mary Beth Dahl
, program manager
952-853-8546 

Mary Montury, program coordinator
952-853-8541