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Quality Improvement

Health care quality improvement is at the heart of Stratis Health's mission.

Using our quality improvement experience and expertise, Stratis Health helps health care provider organizations achieve improvement in both clinical and non-clinical areas. We help providers translate evidence-based research and guidelines into practices, tailoring information by setting, community and population. We work to further prevention and wellness, and to foster safe and person-centered care.

We are one of the leaders in health care quality in the state and have formed long-lasting partnerships and relationships with all the major stakeholders for improving health care quality in Minnesota.

Our quality improvement strategies include:

  • Measuring and reporting performance. Reporting helps providers to identify opportunities for improvement, to track the progress of their changes, and to compare their performance against others. Reporting allows for data transparency that is critical for health care providers to benchmark themselves, as well as for consumers to make informed decisions about their health care options.
  • Adopting and effectively using technology. Research suggests that technologies such as electronic health records, computerized physician order entry systems, medication bar codes, and telehealth technologies reduce medical errors and assist providers in making appropriate point-of-care decisions.
  • Redesigning care processes. We assist the health care community in placing patients at the center of their own care, focusing on systems that support the delivery of evidence-based care.
  • Changing organizational cultures. Clinical practice is embedded in organizational culture, and broader organizational improvement initiatives can support improve quality and safety. We work with provider organizations to foster leadership and communication that supports quality, and empowers individuals and teams to continuously improve care.

Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program

Stratis Health has worked to achieve national quality improvement goals as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program since the program’s inception in the 1970s. In this role, we work with providers of health care and communities to help improve care delivery. We strive to improve care for all Minnesota Medicare consumers through our quality improvement initiatives.

Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization. Stratis Health is the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) partnering with MPRO, and MetaStar, as Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN), to lead implement CMS priorities for health care quality improvement in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, respectively.

QIN-QIO Impact in MI, MN, WI. An overview of QIN-QIO work in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 2014-2019. (2-page PDF)

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 initiatives related to quality improvement.