Proposal and project timeline 

Proposals due:

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
  • Award notification and data release: Early November 2016
  • Data analysis phase: November 2016 – May 2017
  • Feasibility and validation phase: Begins June 2017

Dakota State University (Principal Investigator: Yong Wang, Ph.D.): The project will examine utilization patterns, characteristics and behaviors of rural and urban patients across service platforms (i.e., MySanfordChart, Emergency Department, Urgent Care) with the goal of improving effective mobile platform utilization throughout the Sanford footprint.

South Dakota State University (Principal Investigator: Surachat Ngorsuraches, Ph.D.): The project will develop a patient engagement score using existing patient data (without additional surveys) for those with multiple chronic conditions, looking to improve health outcomes and decrease health care costs for these patients.

University of North Dakota, Population Health (Principal Investigator: Arielle Seyla, Ph.D.): This project will develop a risk score to predict unplanned medical visits among diabetic patients, considering their current disease management behaviors (i.e., smoking status) to inform and improve health care outcomes among the diabetic population.

University of South Dakota (Principal Investigator: Carole South-Winter, Ed.D.): This project seeks to develop a risk score for patient readmission following heart surgery, informing prevention measures aimed at decreasing hospital readmissions among cardiac patients.

University of North Dakota, School of Medicine (Principal Investigator: Jeff Hostetter, M.D.): The project looks to measure the impact of team-based vs. exclusive primary care on patient outcomes, looking to identify how team-based care improves patient engagement and health outcomes.

Sanford Research (Principal Investigator: Susan Hoover, M.D., Ph.D.): This project will examine predictors and outcomes of clinical testing strategies currently surrounding C. difficile, ultimately looking to create a platform to decrease overuse of testing strategies across Sanford.