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The Queen’s Health System Chosen to Participate in Groundbreaking Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of Practice-Changing Evidence in Health Care


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) tapped The Queen’s Health System (Queen’s) as one of 42 health systems nationwide to carry out a pioneering initiative to accelerate the implementation of practice-changing research results in clinical care to improve patients’ outcomes.

As a participant in PCORI’s Health Systems Implementation Initiative (HSII), Queen’s will bring its on-the-ground experience and expertise in health care delivery to bear to develop and implement viable strategies to actively adopt new evidence. The ultimate goal is to cut the estimated 17-year lag between publication of research results that have been shown to improve patients’ outcomes and their widespread uptake in health care practice.

“Queen’s occupies an honored place in the history of healthcare in Hawaii and the Pacific,” said Dr. Todd L. Allen, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of The Queen’s Health System, who will serve as the Principal Investigator for the engagement of Queen’s in HSII. “We wanted to be part of HSII to further our core mission and to help catalyze the work of making sure our best care gets to the people who need it and then to advance our ability to learn from that very same work so we do it better the next time. Queen’s aspires to be a service and learning healthcare organization and HSII will speed us up on our journey there. I know this partnership with PCORI will help our patients and our communities and we will take this honor and responsibility very seriously.”

HSII participating health systems have the opportunity to prepare proposals for capacity building projects in the first stage of the initiative. Each participating health system can receive up to $500,000 for a project in this initial stage that supports preparation for future implementation strategies. A second HSII funding opportunity will support practical and innovative projects that promote uptake of specific evidence from PCORI-funded research studies within the health systems, with funds ranging from $500,000 to $5 million per implementation project.

In addition, through the HSII Learning Network, Queen’s and other participants will share experiences and learn from one another about best practices for implementation, evaluation metrics, and other topics integral to successful implementation of care-informing strategies. Through the network, participants will provide input to PCORI on topics and specific PCORI- funded findings of interest for future implementation projects.

HSII participants collectively represent 800 hospitals serving 79 million unique patients—nearly a quarter of the U.S. population—across 41 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to health systems like Queen’s they include academic medical centers, community-based systems, integrated healthcare delivery and finance systems, safety net health systems, faith-based systems, public health care delivery systems and a medical center within the Veterans Health Administration. See the full list on PCORI’s website.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with The Queen’s Health System and the other health systems participating in this groundbreaking initiative that will leverage their knowledge and experience to facilitate practice change and improve care based on results of PCORI-funded research,” said PCORI Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H. “The HSII participants’ efforts will lay the groundwork for future expansion and broader implementation by demonstrating pathways to uptake and sharing lessons learned across health systems.”

HSII is part of a portfolio of PCORI-funded efforts that aim to improve the awareness, uptake and use of results from patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization that funds comparative clinical effectiveness research, which provides patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence to make better- informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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