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Stratis Health


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Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Stratis Health is an independent nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety. For over 40 years, we've worked across settings of care to improve the health of individuals and communities, and to improve the processes used to deliver care.

Stratis Health facilitates learning and action networks across communities, and provides direct technical assistance to health care providers. We have four key program areas: health disparities, health IT, rural health and serving as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

Examples of our program areas in action:

  • Working with 13 rural communities in Minnesota to start or strengthen palliative care programs
  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to 23 clinics and 3 public health agencies to measure and enhance the cultural competence of their clinical and non-clinical staff working with multicultural patient/client populations.
  • Serving as the Regional Extension Center for MN and ND, we foster success in adopting and implementing electronic health records at over 4,800 priority primary care providers and 115 critical access/rural hospitals

Stratis Health works with providers in the field to develop and implement improvement projects, using measurement and evidence-based best practices, and translating research into practice, in order to facilitate sustainable improvement in health and health care delivery.

We make lives better.

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Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization

Stratis Health works locally to achieve national health care quality goals, as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Minnesota. We bring communities together for learning and action, support providers and practitioners with evidence-based clinical interventions and objective expertise, and protect consumers and improve the value of health care by addressing quality complaints and reviewing discharge appeals. We are:

  • Enhancing Beneficiary and Family Centered Care
  • Improving Individual Patient Care
  • Improving Health for Populations and Communities
  • Integrating Care for Populations and Communities

We have served as the Medicare QIO for the state of Minnesota since the inception of the QIO program in 1971. We are one of 53 QIOs across the country working to implement national health care quality priorities on the local level, such as improving transitions between settings of care, reducing health care acquired infections and increasing rates of preventive services like colorectal cancer screening.

Learn more about the QIO work

News and Resources

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Stratis Health Releases Four Health Information Technology Toolkits Stratis Health has developed decision making toolkits designed to help providers with e-health projects to better serve their clients and communities.

New Website Promotes Shared Decision-Making Between Health Care Providers and Patients The Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative (MSDMC) has launched an expanded website offering a roadmap to assure that medical decisions are well-informed and consistent with patient preferences.

Updated Health IT Toolkit Launched to Help Nursing Homes Improve Resident Care Stratis Health’s updated toolkit reflects changes in technology and includes new tools for current health IT challenges.

Demo Project Provides QAPI Expertise to Nursing Homes as Mandate Looms The University of Minnesota and Stratis Health offer help to nursing homes across the country as they prepare for the federal Quality Assurance Performance Improvement mandate.

RARE Campaign Wins Prestigious Eisenberg Award The RARE Campaign has been awarded recognition with a 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, one of the most prestigious quality and safety awards in the country.

Stratis Health to Collaborate with MDH on Project Focusing on High Blood Pressure in Northeastern Minnesota Minnesota is one of nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative.

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Quick Links

CHAIN - preventing HAIs website

Culture Care Connection - cultural competency learning center

Donna's Diary - nursing home quality improvement

Enjoy a Healthy Life! - conversations that empower seniors to take an active role in their health care.

Health Information Technology Services - including HIT toolkits for various settings

Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative - promoting a patient-centered approach in Minnesota

RARE Campaign - improving care transitions


Publications - Quality Update newsletter fall 2013

Training & Events