Healthy Hearts in the Heartland

Geographic Region: Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin)

Reach: Practices (250-325), Providers (750-975), Population (1.13-1.46 million)

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) is a Midwest-based cooperative encompassing southeastern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois, and northern Indiana, including Indianapolis. The study aims to evaluate the participating primary care practices’ ability to implement point-of-care and population management quality improvement strategies, as well as deploying an open-source quality measurement software platform (popHealth) to enable comprehensive tracking and evaluation of clinical quality measures across the region.

Project Features

  • Partnerships with four Regional Extension Centers, State departments of health, quality improvement organizations, and the American Medical Association.
  • Use of community linkages with pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens) and smoking cessation quit lines for selected practices.
  • Combined individual patient and population health approaches.

Cooperative Partners

  • Northwestern University (Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center)
  • Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services
  • American Medical Association
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • MetaStar, Inc. (Wisconsin REC)
  • Telligen, Inc. (Illinois Quality Improvement Organization)
  • Northern Illinois University (Illinois Regional Extension Center)
  • Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group
  • Purdue University (Indiana Regional Extension Center)
  • University of Chicago