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Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

Director: Michael Weiner, MD, MPH


The IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR) is an interdisciplinary IUPUI campus-wide center established to build on the expertise of its faculty in assessing factors essential to implementing healthcare systems improvement. Together we examine the complete picture of healthcare – from the level of the patient, care team, organization, medical community, and environment – to streamline the delivery of care and distinctly improve the health of patients. CHSOR is nested within the IU School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Our core research hub is the Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, a national Center of Excellence for the VA Health Services Research and Development Service and physically located in the Indianapolis Richard M. Roudebush VA Medical Center, adjacent to the IUPUI campus. The mission of the Center is to advance the science of transforming the healthcare system, locally, regionally and nationally with the vision to become the leading national research resource for learning about health system transformation. The Center was established in 2003 through funding from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. CHSOR currently hosts 22 faculty researchers (MD and PhD), 2 post-doctoral fellows, and multiple affiliated investigators who contribute expertise from multiple domains within healthcare, social science, engineering, and other disciplines. Our strategy is to partner with managers, clinicians, patients and other researchers in interdisciplinary teams to innovate, foster system redesign and drive broad scale adoption of changes to improve care delivery. Within this overall mission and vision, our research priorities are to: 1) organize health services, management and engineering researchers at IUPUI and Purdue into a cohesive research and development center; 2) provide infrastructure and synergies to lower the costs of healthcare systems redesign, implementation and dissemination; 3) react quickly and aggressively to provide high quality service and pursue extramural funding opportunities to improve healthcare in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the Midwest; and 4) foster effective research partnerships with local and regional healthcare systems, healthcare organizations, government, other academic entities, and industry on the IUPUI campus and in Indiana.

CHSOR, one of the three programs of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., emphasizes research in special emphasis areas: applied health informatics, patient safety, cancer care, stroke quality improvement, pain and symptoms, serious mental illness, systems redesign, implementation science, and organizational change. The Center maintains many strategic partnerships including those with Purdue University, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. CHSOR incorporates activities of several research centers or initiatives—led by center faculty—that focus on implementation and health services research. Along with the VA CIEBP, these nested centers include the Indiana Assertive Community Treatment Center (ACT, Co-Director, M. Salyers), the VA Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) (L. Williams), the IUPUI Center for Assessing, Understanding, and Managing Pain (K. Kroenke & M. Bair), and the Indiana Transforming Healthcare Research Initiative (IN•THRI, Director, B. Doebbeling).

School Affiliation

IU School of Medicine

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Health Information and Translational Sciences Building, 410 West 10th Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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