With sequestration and a government shutdown looming large, 2013 started with uncertainty for federally funded health care researchers nationwide. Despite this unpredictable funding environment, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) closed the year with a strong, stable financial outlook.
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Like building a bridge, conducting health research is an optimistic act. We start by identifying gaps that can stop progress in its tracks. Then we forge a solid and expanding base of knowledge that all stakeholders—patients, clinicians, purchasers, policymakers, and others—can use to reach their goals.
2011 was a good year for bridge building at GHRI. We made major strides in our evolution as a “learning health care system”—where research and practice are meaningfully integrated, and advances in science are designed to catalyze advances in care.
2011 was also a time of great uncertainty over federal funding for health care and research. Still, GHRI ended 2011 with annual grant revenue slightly higher than ever before and a stable outlook for the coming year. Today’s economic and political climate makes future resources tough to predict. But the U.S. health care system is rife with gaps in knowledge that GHRI and its partners aim to address.
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2010 may long be remembered for passage of a landmark federal health reform law and the continued debate over its future. As policymakers struggle to chart a new course for our country's health care system, many wonder where we're headed next. One thing is certain: Our nation needs health research that is more timely and more relevant.
Group Health Research Institute is meeting this challenge. After a year of dramatic growth, our diverse faculty is more than 60 members strong, with 2010 grant revenue at a record high. Our staff has never been more capable of responding nimbly to important research opportunities that address the needs of health care's key stakeholders: patients, providers, purchasers, and the public.
Our most influential findings of 2010 explored promising strategies for primary care redesign and shed light on the needs and experiences of patients and providers. We also kicked off exciting new projects evaluating value-based insurance design and community-based health improvement, which will help us better understand and meet the needs of cost-conscious health care purchasers and cash-strapped local communities.
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With health reform at our nation’s doorstep, today’s policy makers, clinicians, and patients all want the same thing: trustworthy, timely evidence for making important decisions about health and health care. While the nation’s new health reform law holds tremendous promise, the challenges ahead are enormous. American health care ranks low among industrialized countries for quality and efficiency. Meanwhile, like other countries worldwide, we face the difficulty of caring for an aging population as costs of care continue to soar. At the same time, we must find ways to provide care and coverage for more than 30 million Americans who previously had no health insurance. The need for high performing health care systems has never been greater.
We're responding with unprecedented results to opportunities that address these needs. The Institute’s success in 2009 is evident in grant dollars awarded, new research projects launched, and academic papers published. Meanwhile, recognition is growing that Group Health’s research priorities are aligned to find pragmatic solutions to problems bearing down on our country’s health care system. This recognition comes in part from our Institute’s role within Group Health Cooperative, an integrated health plan that provides both care and coverage. Like our nation, Group Health must address problems holistically—balancing efforts to improve quality, lower cost, and sustain access for its population.
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In 2008, the world began a severe economic downturn. As Americans lose jobs and health coverage, economists predict recovery hinges on reforming the nation’s broken health care system. There are no quick fixes. We need sustainable improvements to expand access while controlling cost.
Much of Group Health research seeks to determine which care is effective—and which isn’t. We rigorously compare treatments and medications for chronic illness and cancer. We evaluate, refine, and share innovations like the Patient Centered Medical Home—a primary care model that builds on our research in prevention, disease management, and in health information technology. Read more in our 2008 annual report.