Harvard Medical School Academic Innovations Collaborative: Transforming Primary Care Practice and Education

​Bitton A, Ellner A, Pabo E, Stout S, Sugarman JR, Sevin C, Goodell K, Bassett JS, Phillips RS. The Harvard Medical School Academic Innovations Collaborative: Transforming primary care practice and education. Academic Medicine. 2014 Sept;89(9):1239-1244.

Academic medical centers (AMCs) need new approaches to delivering higher-quality care at lower costs, and engaging trainees in the work of high-functioning primary care practices. The goal of the two-year Harvard Medical School Academic Innovations Collaborative (AIC) was to transform primary care education and practice by engaging hospital- and community-based primary care teaching practices in building highly functional teams, managing populations, and engaging patients. The AIC built on models developed by Qualis Health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, optimized for the local AMC context. Practices made substantial improvement across all areas of change, and the AIC model shows promise for AMCs to catalyze health system transformation through primary care improvement.

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