Colletti, ImproveCareNow win national innovation award

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis network reaches ‘new dimension of performance’

An international program founded at the University of Vermont to improve care for children and adolescents with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis has won the prestigious 2016 Drucker Prize for innovation—“change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

These figures show that the work of the network really is making a difference in the lives of these children and adolescents.

Richard Colletti, MD, professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine

ImproveCareNow was founded and is directed by pediatric gastroenterologist Richard Colletti, MD. Funded by The Jeffords Institute for Quality, the Network brings together 900 pediatric gastroenterologists he network brings together 900 pediatric gastroenterologists at 95 practice centers to improve the quality of care delivered to over 27,000 children and youth with these diseases.

The UVM Children’s Hospital participates in the network, led by pediatric gastroenterologist Jillian Sullivan, MD, an associate professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine.

The UVM Children’s Hospital has been using innovative methods to ensure and improve quality of care for these patients, including:

  • Automated pre-visit planning and population management
  • Helping patients manage their disease
  • Improved diagnostic testing
  • Preventing and managing poor nutrition and growth
  • Engaging patients and their parents in improvement efforts

Network centers collect and share patients’ clinical data. By employing an “all teach, all learn” approach, ImproveCareNow encourages faster introduction of new ideas and best practices into clinical care. An ImproveCareNow study shows that this approach is working: the proportion of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who were in remission increased from 55 percent to over 80 percent.

“These figures show that the work of the network really is making a difference in the lives of these children and adolescents,” says Colletti, who is a professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine. “It’s very rewarding to be a part of something where you really see a difference in the lives of your patients.”

UVM Children’s Hospital was selected for the prize – awarded by The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University – from among 495 applicants.