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CERTAIN Seeking Program Operations Specialist

The Surgical Outcomes Research Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time CERTAIN/S4S Program Operations Specialist.  The purpose of this position is to provide high-level, professional program coordination for the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE). SORCE is a multidisciplinary research center established by the Department of Surgery to improve the quality of surgical care at the local, regional and national level. SORCE collaborates with a variety of academic and community partners and institutions providing expertise in health services and patient-oriented outcomes research design, health services study development and project management, data management, and statistical support. This position will work directly with the CERTAIN PI, Strong for Surgery (S4S) PI, the SORCE Scientific and Program Directors, and Senior Project Managers, and will report to the S4S Project Manager.

This program operations specialist position will assume mid-level project and program management responsibilities for CERTAIN and the CERTAIN Strong for Surgery (S4S) program. CERTAIN (becertain.org) is a multi-million dollar research network spanning multiple sites, multiple investigators, multiple funding sources, and multiple healthcare stakeholders. Strong for Surgery (strongforsurgery.org) is a CERTAIN initiative aimed at identifying and evaluating evidence-based practices to optimize the health of patients prior to surgery. This program works with stakeholders from across the state to raise awareness to key factors in pre-surgical care that can improve post-operative outcomes. The quality improvement tools generated by this initiative will help hospitals, clinicians, and patients to implement best practices toward optimizing patient health.

Specifically, this position will oversee day-to-day program coordination for CERTAIN and Strong for Surgery. To be successful in this position, the program operations specialist will need expert project coordination and research administration management skills applied in a research program setting and broad research program knowledge. This position will need to accurately understand and interpret SORCE program operational issues in the broader context of the center, the Department, the School of Medicine, the University, and funding agencies. The Program Operations Specialist must demonstrate contextual and strategic understanding of the SORCE mission, research project aims, and administrative priorities, and be able to effectively communicate priorities across wide and diverse audiences.

This position has two major areas of responsibility:

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CERTAIN Seeking Public Information Specialist

The Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) has an outstanding opening for a Public Information Specialist who will provide professional-level internal and external communications coordination for programs. This position will assume communication management responsibilities for CERTAIN and the CERTAIN Strong for Surgery (S4S) program. CERTAIN (becertain.org) is a multi-million dollar research network spanning multiple sites, investigators, funding sources, and healthcare stakeholders. Strong for Surgery (strongforsurgery.org) is a CERTAIN initiative aimed at identifying and evaluating evidence-based practices to optimize the health of patients prior to surgery. This program works with stakeholders from across the state to raise awareness to key factors in pre-surgical care that can improve post-operative outcomes. The quality improvement tools generated by this initiative will help hospitals, clinicians, and patients to implement best practices toward optimizing patient health.

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CERTAIN's Safe and Sound Launches!

CERTAIN's Safe and Sound collaborative strives to improve the availability, use, and quality of ultrasound for appendicitis in kids. Safe and Sound will increase use of ultrasound as the first imaging study for children with appendicitis by 50% over 1 year by increasing the availability of ultrasound in hospitals, galvanizing public and payer pressure to increase the use of ultrasound, and providing training so that clinicians and technologists are more confident and skilled using ultrasound in kids.

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Patient Advisory Network Newsletter Released

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network has released its quarterly newsletter. This newsletter edition highlights the Patient Advisory Network's plans for 2014, including expanding its network to include patients with experience with diverticulitis, lung cancer, and back pain; a spotlight on Patient Advisor Shannon Marsh; and a call to join the continuing discussion started at the October Patient Advisory Network meeting about reducing barriers to patient and researcher collaboration. Read more in the Patient Advisory Network newsletter on the CERTAIN website.

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CERTAIN Partner Spotlight: UroSCOAP Quality Improvement and Physician Champion, Dr. John Corman

In the last year, the UroSCOAP quality improvement (QI) program continued to build out QI modules in sites across Washington State. This includes two active working groups, prostate and stress urinary incontinence, as well as many opportunities for further engagement.  Highlights of activities in both urology QI modules include all hospitals now having the opportunity to participate in the SCOAP hosted prostatectomy QI module. Current data review includes 530 prostatectomy cases across 9 hospital sites as of Q2 2013.  In stress urinary incontinence, data has been collected across three clinic sites. Next steps in 2014 for this module include a data review, refining the data abstraction tool, and research prioritization activities. In addition, sites participating in both modules have the opportunities for clinics to collect Patient Reported Outcome data on their prostate cancer patients through June 2014.
 
We recently interviewed Dr. John Corman, urologist at Virginia Mason, participant and champion of the UroSCOAP quality improvement initiative. Dr. Corman has been an active participant in the development of these QI modules, as well as CERTAIN urology research efforts. Dr. Corman states his enthusiasm for the program, “My institution has long recognized the importance of quality care initiatives- any and every opportunity to evaluate what we do and how we do it. So, this opportunity in urology is an excellent collaborative effort to critically assess how we do what we do, and to look for opportunities to improve the outcomes of the patients that we take care of.” In particular to how UroSCOAP QI and research is different Dr. Corman says, “The aspect of this initiative that is unique to the UroSCOAP and CERTAIN partnership, is that it’s not just the providers that are at the table.  Hospital administrators, potentially payers, and patient advocacy group are all involved in this effort.  I think that this comprehensive approach to quality initiatives is a unique component of this program – it recognizes that care provision isn’t isolated to clinicians who are interested in hard stats or hard outcomes, it’s what does the care cost, are we providing value, are we providing quality impact on whom we serve?  It’s the financial impact on our hospitals providing the care in the first place. This is a unique effort that brings all of the players and all of the related people in the field at the same time.” 

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The Importance of Patient Engagement in CERTAIN

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network is critical to the CERTAIN mission of ensuring that research aligns with issues important to patients and their caregivers. The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network seeks to support meaningful collaboration between patient and research communities. In particular, Patient Advisors help guide research teams to focus on the questions important to patients about their health, the important outcomes considered when making decisions, and how health and medical information is accessed and used. By sharing personal experiences with a specific health condition or healthcare delivery, Patient Advisors help research teams refine and improve research questions and study designs, including how study results are shared with the patient community and care providers.

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CERTAIN At 3 Years

September 30, 2013 marks the close of CERTAIN's foundation grant from Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality that was received as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This grant allowed CERTAIN to build a research infrastructure and establish partnerships with healthcare stakeholders throughout Washington State. CERTAIN success has been demonstrated with the completion of research studies in Peripheral Arterial Disease andautomating the extraction of clinical data from electronic health records, as well as establishing quality improvement modules for spine, urologic, and outpatient care. Read our recently published papers on the Automation and Validation Project in eGEMS, and incorporating Patient and Stakeholder voices in a learning health care network in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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CERTAIN Introductory Video Released

We are pleased to announce the release of a video introducing CERTAIN! Learn more about our mission and the work that we do to improve healthcare in the Pacific Northwest: 

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CERTAIN & SCOAP: A Partnership for a Learning Healthcare System

On Friday, June 14, CERTAIN participated in the 6th Annual SCOAP Retreat at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, WA. CERTAIN is a key partner to SCOAP in research and development of new areas for performance surveillance and benchmarking, and the annual retreat was a time for CERTAIN to engage with and update the SCOAP community on current progress and activities in building Washington State’s learning healthcare system. 

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CERTAIN Launching Research Prioritization Activities in Vascular Care

What are the important questions in vascular research? CERTAIN is asking you to tell us what you think!

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