What is CHSRA?

The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) is a University of Wisconsin-Madison research center formed in 1973 as a collaboration between Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine. For over 40 years CHSRA researchers have worked to improve the quality of health and long term care through research.

What does CHSRA do?

At CHSRA, researchers seek to improve long-term care and health systems through
  • developing information and decision support systems
  • innovative website design
  • robust quality improvement strategies
  • dissemination, implementation and sustainability research
  • leveraging expertise in large data systems
  • creating performance measures
  • developing and evaluating pay for performance models.

Who benefits from CHSRA research?

CHSRA research and development projects serve a variety of audiences, including:
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Policy makers
  • Long-term health care providers
  • Community and behavioral health care providers
  • Consumers
  • Resident and patient advocates
  • State and private health care data collectors and disseminators

We are experts at creating performance measures, developing information and decision support systems and translating data into actionable information and intelligence. We offer professional, ‘big data’ quantitative analyses and knowledge creation from the initial idea through the final product. Our proven skill set includes project management and financial oversight of the entire research life cycle of: conceptualization, research design, data collection & management, statistical analysis and reporting / communication. We are experienced dissemination and implementation researchers who apply health systems and human factors engineering principles to conduct innovative patient centered research to improve processes of care in behavior, community and long-term care providers.

Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) is a group of dedicated people organized to improve the outcomes of individuals living in Wisconsin assisted living facilities. When assisted living communities and health care facilities implement internal quality assurance and quality improvement throughout their systems, they will have better outcomes. The core of WCCEAL is the implementation of an “association developed,” “department approved” comprehensive quality assurance, quality improvement program. Participants can logon to WCCEAL here.

Clinical Resource Center The CRC website is designed to provide key information about clinical care for staff working in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The CRC project began as a Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funded research project in 2007. The website, originally called WCRC (Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center) was designed by the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The project was jointly sponsored by the Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA), LeadingAge Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS). Funding for the Wisconsin and national CRC website continues to be provided by the Wisconsin DHS. Members can logon to CRC here.

Orbs The Orbs website was designed by CHSRA to support the Wisconsin Division of Long Term Care (DLTC) nursing home Medicaid rate setting process. Medicaid Cost Reports are a major component for calculating Medicaid Long Term Care payments. The website is designed to support the transfer of Cost Reports and supporting documentation from nursing homes to CHSRA for use by Wisconsin DLTC staff. Registration must be approved by nursing home administrative staff and Wisconsin DLTC staff. Participants can logon to Orbs here.

Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System
The Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) is a collaborative approach to obtain medical and financial outcome information related to motor vehicle crashes for highway safety and injury control decision making.

Quality, Safety, and Innovation Lab

The Quality, Safety, and Innovation (QSI) Lab mission is to provide students with experience applying systems engineering tools and training in a health care setting. We partner with UW Hospitals and Clinics to work on various quality and process improvement projects, supporting them in their goal to be an innovative and agile leader in health care delivery.

Our lab is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the UW-Madison College of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering Program. The team consists of research assistants, interns, and independent study students who have a vested interest in healthcare.