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MQIC collates clinical data documented by primary-care physicians using GE's Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR), giving the CDC tools to help track clinical symptoms, within 24 hours of being documented in thousands of participating doctors' offices across the country.
In a pilot study, all 86 local health departments and tribal governments in the State of Minnesota were invited in April 2007 to submit a proposal to (a) join the MQIC, (b) train a team from their organization, and (c) conduct a QI project focused in the local agency.
While several collaborative approaches exist, the MQIC approach is based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Breakthrough Series model (IHI 2003), a framework for rapid, cooperative learning drawing on the expertise of outside experts.
Project teams came together on monthly conference calls with facilitation from the MQIC experts to share challenges and accomplishments.
In total, over 230 individuals from the Minnesota Department of Health participated in some or all aspects of the MQIC pilot program.