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Aerial view of UW Madison College of Engineering Campus Photo: Jeff Miller

Aerial view of UW Madison College of Engineering CampusPhoto: Jeff Miller

The Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) is an interdisciplinary research center in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering.

Sparked by the international quality revolution, CQPI was developed with a renewed focus on customers and processes. Since its establishment by the late Professors George E.P. Box and William G. Hunter, CQPI has been at the forefront in the development of new techniques for improving the quality of products and processes. Its work applies principles of human factors and systems engineering to improve the quality and safety of work processes, working life, and health care.

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PASCALE CARAYON HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES COMMITTEE ON IMPROVING HEALTHCARE QUALITY GLOBALLY (http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Global/GlobalQualityofCare.aspx). The committee has been charged to conduct a consensus study on assessment, measurement and improvement of healthcare quality in low-resource areas; the report is due next year. The committee includes people with expertise in medicine, health services research, global health, health economics and… engineering!

PASCALE CARAYON NAMED HUMAN FACTORS WORK STREAM LEADER BY NEHI TO GUIDE HEALTHCARE WITHOUT WALLS INITIATIVE
NEHI (The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) has announced work stream leaders for its Health Care Without Walls initiative, which is focused on advancing development of a more distributed and accessible health care system, drawing on current and future technologies.

CQPI-SEIPS FACULTY AFFILIATE NASIA SAFDAR RECOGNIZED BY AHRQ AS A LEADER IN PREVENTING HEALTH-CARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS (HAIs)
Using a systems engineering framework, Dr. Safdar and colleagues, including CQPI’s Pascale Carayon and Ann Schoofs Hundt, conducted an AHRQ-funded study to identify factors that affect health care workers’ use of prevention activities, known as bundles, to combat Clostridium difficile (C diff).  Knowing the factors that facilitate—or are barriers to—the use of these practices can help clinical teams better understand how to standardize their efforts to prevent infection.

PASCALE CARAYON RECEIVES UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE “EXTRA MILE AWARD”
The “Extra Mile Award” is awarded to a UW Health faculty member, outside of the Department of Medicine, who has made significant contributions to the Department of Medicine.

CQPI-SEIPS FACULTY AFFILIATE NICOLE WERNER RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Nicole Werner, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering and CQPI-SEIPS faculty affiliate, received a $175,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled “Innovating consumer health information technology designs for informal caregiving: From individual caregivers to loosely coupled teams.”

CQPI-SEIPS FACULTY AFFILIATE NICOLE WERNER RECEIVES KL2 FACULTY CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD


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