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2011 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

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2011 National Meeting

2013 — Continuing ‘Quality in Parallel Circuits’: HSR&D and VERC Collaboration

Woodbridge PA (Midwest Mountain VERC; NWI HCS; University of Nebraska Medical Center), Wagner JA (Midwest Mountain VERC; NWI HCS), Williams LS (CIEBP; Stroke QUERI), Woodward-Haag HK (Roudebush VAMC; Center for Applied Systems Engineering), Cooke NJ (Arizona State University; Midwest Mountain VERC), Gupta D (University of Minnesota; Midwest Mountain VERC)

Workshop Objectives:
1) To introduce attendees to the Veterans Engineering Resource Centers (VERCs) and the process improvement and research work that they have undertaken. 2) To provide attendees with an overview of industrial engineering research as applied to health care. 3) To present examples of successful collaborations between HSR&D, QUERI, and VERCs. 4) To stimulate meaningful and productive collaborations between VA health services researchers and industrial engineering investigators.

1) Workshop attendees will begin with a brief presentation introducing the four VERCs. The presentation will provide an overview of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) / Institutes of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for transformational improvement in healthcare delivery systems and review the events that led to the funding of the VERCs (including the role that HSR&D had in advancing the concept of the VERCs). 2) Using an audience response system (ARS), attendees will identify both common as well as unique tools and research methods used by industrial/systems engineering and health services researchers. This activity will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the similarities and differences in approaches. Participants will be asked to contribute. 3) Engineering faculty members from VERC-affiliated universities will describe projects that have been funded by non-VA granting agencies (such as AHRQ or NSF), highlighting characteristics of successful engineering research projects. The VISN11 Center for Applied Systems Engineering (CASE) VERC and the Stroke QUERI will describe their current collaborative efforts. 4) A summary of the 2010 “Quality in Parallel Circuits” meeting will be presented. 5) This presentation will be followed by time for participants to discuss potential future collaboration between HSR&D, QUERI, and VERCs.

Target Audience:
This workshop is aimed at those who conduct implementation science or knowledge translation research, particularly in the areas of access, transitions/continuity of care, patient aligned care teams, and/or organizational change/transformation.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
No prior knowledge of industrial engineering or VERC is required. The goal of this workshop is to carry forward momentum from the “Quality in Parallel Circuits” meeting held in Indianapolis in July that brought together individuals from HSR&D, QUERI, OQP, and VERC.

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