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September 29, 2015

Purdue Healthcare Advisors to provide Indiana health care providers with technical assistance through Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As part of an award announced Tuesday (Sept. 29) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Purdue Healthcare Advisors will support 3,000 clinicians in Indiana with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is aimed at helping clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation with 39 health care collaborative networks participating nationwide. Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) is a partner in the Midwest-based network called the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), which is led by the IU School of Medicine. The GLPTN will receive up to $46.4 million to work with 11,500 clinicians across Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan for four years.

PHA - the health care outreach initiative of Purdue University and Indiana's largest Regional Extension Center (REC) - will assist clinicians throughout Indiana by leveraging PHA's lean process improvement, patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and quality improvement expertize. PHA's quality-improvement advisers will coach them through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's five phases of patient-centric practice transformation, utilizing a "Transformational Change Toolkit" to help them meet associated milestones as well as clinical and operational results.

"For the past decade, we've been strong believers in the value of lean improvement for health care," said Steven Abel, associate vice president for engagement, which oversees PHA. "So we are thrilled that this toolkit integrates Lean and Six Sigma; patient-centric, personalized population health management; and a second-generation version of continuous quality improvement called 'implementation science. ' "

"Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely," said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. "These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes."

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks and Accountable Care Organizations.  

About Purdue Healthcare Advisors

Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) was established in 2005 by the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program, the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, and the Indiana Hospital Association to improve patient care by enabling healthcare organizations to build capacity for change. PHA manages the Purdue Regional Extension Center, one of 64 RECs nationwide providing information, guidance and technical assistance to program-eligible health care providers to support and accelerate their efforts to become meaningful users of EHRs. Find us at

About the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN)

The GLPTN is a three-state coalition of 32 healthcare partners including four Regional Extension Centers (RECs), three State Departments of Health, five regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and eight universities.

Source: Jeanine Parsch, communications and marketing, Purdue Healthcare Advisors, 765-337-7047,

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