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The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) has launched a national study to support communities in evaluating, testing and disseminating 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 The Health Collaborative (THC), a NRHI member organization, 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.


Craig Brammer CEO, NRHI and THC

“In this unprecedented moment in time, leveraging the power of networks is more vital than ever,” said Craig Brammer, CEO of both NRHI and THC, as well as 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.


“This exciting project really leverages the relationships and networks we have all created,” shared Jackie Glaser, Senior Director of Client Services with The Health Collaborative. “It is proof that the issues in healthcare are all of ours to solve and that we can only achieve objectives and make healthcare better by working together. Our greatest opportunity for improvement is by collaborating across specialties, industries, expertise, geographies — even places outside of the US. This current crisis has compelled us to act but we all stand to benefit from the partnerships.”


The project is led by Craig Brammer as the Principal Investigator. Brammer serves as President and CEO of both NRHI and The Health Collaborative, a regional health improvement collaborative in Cincinnati, OH. 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. The Health Collaborative’s Jackie Glaser, Senior Director of Client Services, serves on the study’s advisory committee.


Read more in the NRHI press release on their website, posted here