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New center to deliver research-based solutions to rising health care costs
Date:11/13/2013

INDIANAPOLIS - In response to rising national health care costs, the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute have launched a new center to increase efficacy and reduce costs at four major health care providers across Indiana.

The newly designated Center for Innovation and Implementation Science, or CIIS -- formerly the Innovation and Implementation Science Initiative -- will oversee four specialized research and discovery units managed by IU School of Medicine researchers at Indiana University Health, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. The center's mission will be to tackle problems with the potential to reduce costs or generate new revenue estimated at $5 million per year or greater.

"This center will be one of the first such dedicated centers in the nation," said Malaz A. Boustani, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, who will serve as chief operating officer of the center. "It will leverage the country's focus in health care reform to transform the IU School of Medicine's health care partners into laboratories of discovery that improve the health of our population and the quality of their care, and reduce costs."

The center is also a direct response to an influential Institute of Medicine report that called for U.S. health care systems to transform into highly adaptive, learning health care systems, he added.

Support for CIIS comes from the IU School of Medicine and the Indiana CTSI. Additional funds from St
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Contact: Kevin Fryling
kfryling@iu.edu
317-278-0088
Indiana University
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