NRHI and Qualidigm logos on a blue background with the COVID-19 virus

Study will quickly evaluate and disseminate the most effective findings to communities in need

Portland, ME – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) launches a national study to support communities to evaluate, test, and disseminate best practices for off-site testing of COVID-19. Tapping into its network of multi-stakeholder regional health improvement collaboratives and partners from across the country, NRHI, in partnership with Qualidigm, a NRHI member organization serving as the research partner, is conducting a four-week rapid discovery process. This assessment, in response to federal, state, and local efforts to identify, contain, and treat the virus, will capture and curate best practices and lessons learned for off-site testing. The output will serve as recommendations that can then be quickly implemented at the local level.

“In this unprecedented moment in time, leveraging the power of networks is more vital than ever,” said Craig Brammer, CEO of NRHI and Principal Investigator of the study. “NRHI is drawing on the practical experience and insight of its national membership to help inform local leaders working to protect their communities from COVID-19.”

NRHI’s members and the relationships they have in their communities, nationally, and internationally will help to ensure a comprehensive assessment of testing efforts. The NRHI team will conduct interviews with local and national leaders and scientists responding to the pandemic with focus on three areas: clinical, policy, and reimbursement.

“The Qualidigm research team includes a qualitative research scientist, an epidemiologist and an infection control expert to help aid in quickly capturing and distilling best practices associated with COVID-19 testing.” shares Tim Elwell, President and Chief Executive Office, Qualidigm. “Our team is honored to do our part in supporting NRHI’s national network effort to support our local healthcare communities in this time of crisis.”

The project is led by Craig Brammer, President and CEO of NRHI and The Health Collaborative, a regional health improvement collaborative in Cincinnati, OH as the Principal Investigator. Lead Advisor is Tim Elwell, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Qualidigm headquartered in Connecticut. The project is directed by Jessica Little, Director of Grants & Programs at NRHI and Stacy Donohue, Senior Director at NRHI.

About NRHI:
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing nearly 70% of the United States with its Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and State partner membership. These multi-stakeholder organizations are working in their regions and collaborating across regions to transform the healthcare delivery system and achieve the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, including quality and satisfaction; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per-capita cost of health care. To learn more, visit nrhi.org.

About Qualidigm:
With its corporate headquarters in Wethersfield, Conn. and representation in Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; and Rhode Island, Qualidigm’s mission is to transform the quality, safety, and value of healthcare by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. Qualidigm provides quality improvement, project management, evidence-based education and learning sessions, evaluation, and technical assistance services to clinicians, healthcare organizations, and communities. To learn more, visit qualidigm.org.

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