Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
by Mark Reilly
Dec. 19, 2012 - HealthEast is moving ahead on with a multimillion-dollar electronic health records system, which could allow for better sharing of patient data between Twin Cities hospitals.The Pioneer Press reports that the St. Paul-based health system approved a $135 million project, using a system from Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems Corp. Learn more.
January 2013 Archives
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)seeks small research grant (R03) proposals for projects to define new and existing information about direct and indirect costs associated to support small and medium-sized primary care practices geared toward patient-centered medical homes or developing primary care practice facilitation programs. The number of anticipated awards is 12 with a total of $1.2 million funds available for fiscal year 2013. Award totals for projects will not exceed $100,000 for the entire project period. Letters of intent are encouraged and are due Jan. 28. Application deadline is Feb. 28. Read the announcement for details.
Kudos to School of Nursing's Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, who was recently interviewed for a UM News article on the Healthy Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus program that received a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The study recently produced a cook book to encourage families to cook and eat meals together and focuses on families with children ages 8 to 12-years. Learn more.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seek proposals to launch a program that will develop a system to conduct national and statewide background checks for employees who have direct patient access in long term care facilities. Up to 3 awards will be made ranging from $1.5 to $3 million depending upon the scope of the project. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31. See the announcement for more information.
Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes prevention and innovation, is offering new research funding and industry partnership opportunities under a "Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program." The purpose of this program is to foster collaboration and facilitate translation of new ideas from early diabetes and obesity research into innovation. There are two types of awards:
- Early exploration, which offers $250,000 for a 2-year period to support non-clinical research and early stage hypotheses with limited preliminary data
- Proof of principle, which offers $500,000 for a 2-year period to support non-clinical research for early-stage innovation and supporting data from animal, in vitro, or reduction to practice experiments.
Novo Nordisk Research Template_01.10.13.doc
Novo Nordisk Great Lakes Science Forum Invitation.pdf
Jan. 8, 2013 - From increased graduation rates to more student financial aid to the growth of sponsored research, the University of Minnesota has far exceeded a set of performance goals established by the 2011 Legislature. Learn more about how UMN produced $847 milllion in research and development expenditures in fiscal year 2011, up $106 million from 2009.
~Related: Star Tribune, Dec. 14 article
Med City News
by Stephanie Baum
Jan. 9, 2013 - Nurses have been taking on more responsibility in recent years -- and a good thing too. If the shortage of primary care physicians continues coupled with millions of new patients expected to be added to healthcare systems when provisions of the Affordable Care Act are enacted, they will have to take on even more. At the same time, some nursing schools are struggling to employ enough professors. A health IT startup has developed a cloud-based patient simulator that is being designed to be progressively more challenging as nursing school students' skills develop. Read more.
~ Demo' video of digital patient
Milwaukee Business Journal
by Rich Kirchen
Jan. 10, 2013 - Rapid growth in the number of jobs being created for physician assistants and advanced-practice nurses is triggering a new round of recruitment challenges for Wisconsin hospitals, according to a study by the Wisconsin Hospital Association,
Wisconsin hospitals reported a 55 percent increase in the number of advanced-practice nurses they employ, a 38 percent increase in certified registered nurse anesthetists and a 25 percent increase in physician assistants from 2009 to 2011, Madison-based WHA said Thursday in its Healthcare Workforce Report. Full article.
The National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other federal agencies, seeks R01, R21 and R03 applications for:
- Pain in Aging (R01) (PA-13-058) with a Feb. 5 deadline, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Pain in Aging (R21) (PA-13-059) with a Feb. 16 deadline, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
- Pain in Aging (R03) (PA-13-060) with a Feb. 16 deadline, also sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks research demonstration/dissemination (R18) applications focusing on core portfolios of research. The project proposal should not exceed $250,000 over a 5-year period. Deadline to apply is Jan. 25. Check the announcement or contact ONRS for details.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks large research project (R01) applications that focus on comparative effectiveness, health information technology, patient safety, prevention and care management, and value proposition projects. Scope of proposed projects should not exceed 5 years or $250,000. The next application cycle is Feb. 5. See the announcement for details.
On Dec. 14, former Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy delivered a final report to the UMN Board of Regents confirming successful completion of more than $749 million in sponsored research awards, a 7.4 percent increase from 2011. This contrasts to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that declined sharply from $74.2 million in fiscal year 2011 to $2.5 million this past year. UMN retained its eighth-place ranking among public research universities and ranked sixth in expenditure growth since 2005 among the top 20 public research universities. Dr. Brian Herman succeeds Mulcahy, who retired after seven years as vice president for research. More information.
The School of Nursing's Katharine J. Densford Center for Nursing Leadership kicks off its Wisdom Dialogue Series on Thursday, Feb. 21 at UMN Coffman Union, Mississippi room with a presentation and workshop by Jos deBlok, founder and director of Buurtzorg Nederland, a holistic at-home approach to nursing and healthcare. The presentation on Feb. 21 is from 9 am to noon/lunch optional (cost $35) and the workshop on Feb. 22 from 9 am to 4 pm is $175/$125 for students. More information.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in conjunction with University Libraries, has established an Open Access Publishing Fund to cover the costs of making scholarly publications more accessible and available. To be eligible for support, submissions must be from a peer-reviewed journal article, monograph, conference proceeding or data set. UMN faculty, researchers, post-docs, graduate students and staff are eligible to apply. Learn more.
~Related: University Digital Conservancy
NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady recently discussed the impact of healthcare reform on nurse researchers and ways that those in the field can advance their careers in a field that is increasingly becoming more consumer-driven and impacted by genetic research. The full interview is on the "Health Callings-Jobs That Matter" website.
Jan. 8, 2013 - According to a year-end report from Rock Health, 2012 was a banner year for digital health as tech companies poured $1.4 billion resulting in a 45 percent increase from 2011. This is a result of the increase in patients' use of personal health tools and the move toward using digital tools for healthcare. Read more.
Check it out! AHRQ has a web-based tool that produces a custom set of health recommendations based on gender, age and other factors. Drawing from the U.S. Preventive Services Database, the recommendations are designed to increase informed personal health decisions.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins released a study on Jan. 4 that was commissioned to investigate needed health strategies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The free, downloadable report was a result of grant funded research based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine calling for a LGBT research agenda using cross-cutting investigation of demographic data, social influences on the lives of these distinct populations, discovery of healthcare inequities, and assessment of transgender-specific health needs that aren't met within the present system.
The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) recently published a guidance to provide basic federal funding information. Portions of the guidance include:
- The Human Subjects Protection policy
- Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information prepared by the Office of Civil Rights, with online tools to protect patient information
- Freedom of Information Act as it applies to patient data
- The Healthy People 2020 initiative created by AHRQ as a public health service
- AHRQ grant assessment programs such as the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) and Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys (MEPS) programs
- Informed Consent requirements AHRQ federal research areas are defined within Portfolios of Research:
- Comparative Effectiveness and specific areas of clinical research
- Health Information Technology
- Patient Safety
- Prevention and Care Management
- Innovations and Emerging Issues portfolio
- The Value portfolio, which provides measures, data and tools to improve the value of healthcare
~ The Department of Health & Human Services FY 2012 annual report
~ AHRQ Grants Policy & Guidance
~ AHRQ R01 research objectives
~AHRQ R18 research objectives
The Iacocca Foundation Diabetes Research Program seeks grant applications by Feb. 1 to support innovative diabetes research projects contributing to a cure for type 1 diabetes. A few grants are awarded each year ranging from $10,000 to $500,000 paying a maximum of 10 percent indirect costs. See the grant guidelines for details and contact ONRS if you are interested in applying.
The UMN Office of Vice President for Research seeks applications for its 2013 spring Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry & Scholarship program (GIA) to fund independent faculty research to act as seed money to develop projects that will be eligible for external funding. Both tenure and non-tenure track faculty can apply so long as they have not received two GIA awards during the past five years, nor submitted the same proposal more than three times. Award amounts vary, however, in fiscal year 2012 a total of 101 grants were awarded averaging $27,833 per proposal. Deadline to apply is Feb. 11. Learn more. Contact ONRS for details on the application process or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the GIA program.
The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship will host the first of three spring seminars on Monday, Jan. 28 from noon to 1 pm in WDH 6-108. Featured speaker, Cynthia McGill, assistant director of UMN's human research protection program, will provide updates from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and review issues to consider in community engaged research.This session is eligible for RCR (responsible conduct of research) credit. Contact Christi Powers with questions. Save the dates for the Feb. 18 and March 25 seminars (topics to be announced) at noon in WDH 6-108.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 11:30 am to 1 pm providing an overview of tools, policies and compliance requirements. NIH notice NOT-OD-12-160 notice emphasizes that as early as spring 2013, non-competing continuation awards may be withheld if publications related to grant awards are not in public access compliance.There are two campus locations to view the webinar:
- Sponsored Projects Administration, room 665, McNamara Alumni Center. Reserve your spot by emailing email@example.com.
- The UMN Biomedical Library, Diehl Hall, room 555
On Jan. 9, the NIH released NOT-OD-13-020, which is information about the Public Access Compliance Monitor an institutional compliance tracking tool that is accessible through your National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) account log-in. This will help researchers check if PMCID (PubMed Central reference number) or PMIDs (PubMed reference number) are listed on their grant-related journal articles.
~PMCID/PMID/NIHMSID converter tool
~Information on PMCIDs
~Explanation on the difference between PMCID and PMID
~NIH public access information