ImproveCareNow is pleased to report that a recently completed survey shows that the 29 participating sites of ImproveCareNow have approximately 270 physicians and nearly 10,000 patients. The Advanced Track teams, which began the collaborative in 2007, have about 3,000 patients and currently 2,200 (71%) of them are enrolled.  The Foundations Track Teams, began in 2008, and have about 7,000 patients and are just beginning to enroll them.  

We aim to have >90% of patients enrolled from both Advanced Track and Foundation Track teams within the next 1 to 2 years.  Already the largest pediatric IBD database, such enrollment will make the ImproveCareNow registry even more robust.

The Executive Committee of ImproveCareNow is very excited about the opportunities that funding from the Enhanced Registry grant will bring, including financial support to the participating sites and the infusion of additional talented and committed leaders in informatics and health services research, that will strengthen and expand our QI efforts. 

The Enhanced Registry grant is a $12-million grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to build a first-of-its-kind, fully interactive system that will track data about the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which afflicts about 100,000 children in the United States.  For more information on the Enhanced Registry grant, read the summary here.

We are now, more than ever, looking forward to working together with you to achieve the mission of ImproveCareNow, to improve the care and outcomes of children with IBD.

Richard B. Colletti, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Chief, Vermont Children's Hospital

Network Director, ImproveCareNow

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