UM Pediatrics Selected for Research Consortium

The Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School has been selected as one of 11 organizations in a consortium that will suggest, design and participate in studies that will evaluate health care improvements in practice settings. The consortium is led by Ohio-based Battelle, an independent research and development organization, and is called the Battelle Women and Children’s Healthcare Partnership.

Under the direction of Battelle, the consortium provides access for research purposes to more than 3 million patients, including more than 1.7 million children and significant numbers of rural, low-income and minority patients.

The overall initiative under which the consortium falls is known as Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks II (ACTION II), awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The goal of the initiative is to develop a model of field-based research designed to promote innovation in health care delivery by accelerating research into practice. The ACTION II initiative could be funded for as long as five years and up to or exceeding $100 million. There are 17 total partnerships in ACTION II.

“Very little of what we do around the world to reduce childhood illness and improve the health of infants, children and adolescents is supported by evidence-based medicine. If we are really going to take better care of children, being part of the Battelle Women and Children’s Healthcare Partnership is an important way to develop and implement evidence-based changes,” says Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics, associate executive dean for child health, principal investigator for the study at the Miller School, and chief of staff of Holtz Children’s Hospital. “As the U.S. government continues to move forward with reforms in health care, it is imperative to develop real child health services research and produce the data to show how to do things better and more cost effectively.”

Other institutions in the Battelle consortium include Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Washington University, The Ohio State University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Emory University, Saint Louis University and Duke University.

“The Battelle team is a great partnership, and we can move the needle on AHRQ’s understanding of innovative health care delivery,” said Tim Pivetz, operational lead and program manager for Battelle’s Health and Life Sciences Global Business. “We’re able to deliver scientifically defensible results that are vital for the acceptance of innovation, which is of critical importance at this juncture of the development of America’s health care system. Because of our group’s breadth, we’ll be able to engage the diverse clinic population and access the supporting databases that are required to effectively bring innovations to scale.”

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