LSU’s Improving Clinical Outcomes Network (LSU ICON), led by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, represents the joint efforts of several of the Louisiana State University academic health science and health care delivery institutions to improve the care of patients in Louisiana.
In the context of national health care reform, health care providers are expected to be more accountable for the care they deliver from the perspectives of cost, quality and patient satisfaction. With these expectations, the infrastructure necessary to coordinate efforts across Louisiana for the purposes of improved quality and efficiency must be substantially enhanced in order to deliver higher value for patients.
Dr. Betty Monroe Kennedy serves as Community Outreach Specialist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center specifically for the Louisiana State University Improving Clinical Outcomes Network (LSU ICON). In this role, she utilizes qualitative methodologies for pilot and intramural projects within LSU ICON including town hall meetings, cognitive interviews, and focus groups. Dr. Kennedy was awarded her first LSU ICON intramural project in August 2012 entitled: “Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home from the Patient’s Perspective.”
The Medical Informatics Core, led by Ron Horswell (Pennington Biomedical) is comprised of knowledge resources geared toward developing, maintaining and facilitating access to robust data stores and information sets for the purpose of healthcare services evaluation and quality improvement. The core embodies extensive knowledge of healthcare processes, workflows, data and information, clinical and administrative data structures, and translation of clinical event data to meet the needs of quality improvement projects.