© IMPROVING WISELY 2019

our story

▶   The problem with traditional quality metrics is that they often evaluate outcomes AFTER a                   procedure has been performed. They do not evaluate whether the procedure, prescription,

       or diagnostic test was appropriate in the first place. 

 

▶   We set out to measure appropriateness in medicine using a physician-led, consensus process.   

 

▶   We apply appropriateness consensus metrics at the physician-level to big data to identify areas           of overuse, underuse or misuse and to identify physician outliers.

 

▶   We leverage partnerships with respected specialty societies to engage outlier physicians using           peer-to-peer benchmarked reports and educational resources

 

▶   We then evaluate the impact of the Improving Wisely intervention on process, patient and cost           outcomes over time.

our TEAM

PRINCIPAL
INVESTIGATOR
 

Martin Makary, MD MPH FACS

Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

IW
COORDINATOR

William Bruhn

Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery

PROJECT DEV.
LEAD

Angela Park

Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery

ANALYTICAL
LEAD

Peiqi Wang, MD MPH

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery

QUALITY METRIC
LEAD

Heidi Overton, MD

General Surgery Resident, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

IMPLEMENTATION
SCIENCE LEAD

Christine (Tina) Fahim, PhD, MSc

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto

CLINICAL
EXPERTS​

Caitlin Hicks, MD

Emily Boss, MD MPH