The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) aims to advance the science and delivery of emergency care across the state of Michigan. MEDIC is an integrated adult and pediatric, emergency medicine-led project encompassing the full spectrum of care across a diversity of emergency department settings. The collaborative is dedicated to measuring, evaluating, and enhancing the experience and outcomes of patients seeking care in emergency departments. We leverage the shared knowledge and experience of site participants combined with timely feedback on performance on quality measures to improve the care of our patients.
Welcome our guest speaker
The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative is excited to announce an eminent guest speaker for our October collaborative wide meeting, Dr. Ian Stiell, MD, MSc, FRCPC. Dr. Stiell is an internationally renowned emergency physician and Distinguished Professor and former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has lead practice changing research for over two decades, revolutionizing the delivery of care in both the pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency care settings. He is probably most famous for his work on developing, validating, and disseminating clinical decision rules to better inform practice and improve quality, most prominently the Canadian CT Head Rule. He has received numerous honors recognizing his contributions, including being an elected member to the US national Academy of Medicine, as well as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Outstanding Contribution to Research Award and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician’s (CAEP) President’s Award.
The MEDIC team is enthusiastic to welcome Dr. Stiell as his work has greatly informed the development of guidelines aimed at reducing unnecessary head CT scans for patients suffering a minor head injury, a frequent and common experience for many people. The Canadian CT Head Rule has been incorporated into MEDIC’s strategy for lowering the rate at which hospitals perform low yield CT scans for patients with minor head injury. It offers a standardized approach to care for patients in the emergency department with head injuries, and encourages providers to be more selective in their use of CT, limit unnecessary radiation exposure, while still maintaining a high level of clinical quality for the patient population they serve.
Dr. Stiell’s work has been incredibly influential and valuable not only to the broader medical community, but also to the MEDIC program. We hope that you will join us for the MEDIC collaborative wide meeting on October 13, 2017 at Lyon Meadows to participate in the constructive conversation about emergency department care decisions for the minor head injury population. Please email Jessica Kaufmann at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration information.
Advance Emergency Care
Work together to advance the delivery of emergency care.
Improve Patient Outcomes
Evaluate current patterns of care, guide quality improvement efforts.
Learn & Collaborate
Provide tools to help providers help each other get better.
Deliver accurate, statistically rigorous performance feedback.
Established in 2015, the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) is an emergency physician led quality improvement collaborative compromised of a consortium of hospital emergency departments across the state of Michigan. We develop relationships with emergency physicians in Michigan working collaboratively to collect and analyze data, identify best practices, and improve our collective performance. Participating emergency departments submit data to a clinical registry maintained by the MEDIC Coordinating Center. We hold regular consortium-wide meetings to discuss the data, review measures of processes of care and patient outcomes, develop strategies to change care delivery, and implement best practices for quality improvement.
The consortium is managed by the MEDIC Coordinating Center, which is housed at the University of Michigan. Support for MEDIC is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN) as a part of the BCBSM Value Partnerships program. To learn more about Value Partnerships, visit www.valuepartnerships.com. Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and MEDIC work collaboratively, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of BCBSM or any of its employees.
News & Events
MEDIC Consortium Meetings
February 2, 2018
BCBSM Lyon Meadows Conference Center
53200 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson MI
June 1st, 2018
September 7th, 2018
BCBSM & University of Michigan Health System Launch MEDIC
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and University of Michigan Health System launch initiative to improve emergency care quality statewide. By collaborating with emergency physicians at participating hospitals across the state, they will develop best practices to improve the experience and outcomes of patients receiving care in emergency departments. Learn More >>