MIT Sloan announces collaboration with Staten Island PPS to drive change in healthcare

MIT Management Sloan School
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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MIT Sloan announces collaboration with Staten Island PPS to drive change in healthcare

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 12, 2019 – As technology innovations help drive the transformation

of the healthcare industry, clinical, economic, administrative, lifestyle and genetic data are

critical in redesigning a health system that benefits all participants. Leveraging expertise in data

analytics and management research, the MIT Sloan School of Management’s Initiative for

Health Systems Innovation (HSI) works with leading health systems in the field to design,

implement, and evaluate innovations that have the potential to substantially improve health or

lower healthcare costs. As part of this initiative, HSI recently announced a formal collaboration

with the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS), an alliance of clinical and social

service providers focused on improving the quality of care and overall health for Staten Island’s

Medicaid and uninsured populations.


“This is an exciting and unique collaboration with SI PPS that could result in a significant amount

of learning, not just about what works, but about how and why it works and how it can be

adapted and scaled to other groups,” says Dr. Anne Quaadgras, director of HSI.

Dr. Joseph Conte, executive director of SI PPS, says, “The Staten Island PPS is proud to be HSI’s

first collaborator, and we welcome the formal relationship with MIT Sloan. We have an

advanced data warehouse and our technology is being adopted in programs throughout the

country. We look forward to working together to address systemic problems like the opioid



New York Congressman Max Rose notes, “The opioid epidemic is one of our nation’s greatest

public health crises, and there is no doubt that it has hit communities like Staten Island

particularly hard. That’s why the incredible work being done by Staten Island PPS and the

Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) Program is so critical—and this

[collaboration] with MIT will only further their innovative and comprehensive approach to

tackling this crisis.”


The early focus of the collaboration with SI PPS is on evaluating the initial successes emerging

out of their advanced community-centered data platform. The longer-term focus is on assisting

SI PPS in enhancing these successes with rigorous evidence and thereby support their adoption

by health systems throughout the country.


Ashley Blauvelt, managing director of strategic initiatives at SI PPS, notes, “This collaboration

will help us leverage the numerous innovations implemented throughout Staten Island. These

include transformational programs in substance abuse, creation of numerous workforce

opportunities, implementation of an EMS diversion program, law enforcement collaborations,

housing for shelter residents, and cultural competency trainings.”


Building on the work with SI PPS, HSI is exploring a broad range of research collaborations

around the country with both local and national organizations that share a commitment to

innovation in addressing healthcare challenges. Over the next few years, HSI will conduct

comparative studies and evaluations with data from those groups to highlight analytical and

organizational levers that lead to change.


Themes addressed will include management of healthcare analytics, combining the design,

implementation, and evaluation of new tools in behavioral health interventions as well as other

key aspects of health systems. Efforts will support ways to integrate and scale innovations, and

the research process will showcase analysis, design and testing methods to inform future work.

Quaadgras adds, “This collaboration with SI PPS enables us to do impactful work that will make

a significant difference in transforming the many health systems that are poised to change. Our

approach highlights our expertise in using data, analytics, and world-class management

research to understand not just stated problems, but to dig deeper with our collaborators to

define problems, determine transparent measurement techniques with data, test potential

solutions, and share learnings.”


About HSI

MIT Sloan’s Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI) brings unparalleled management

research expertise to the challenges of transforming health systems. Its multidisciplinary

approaches bridge data and analytics, technology and innovation, organization design and

operations, and finance and economics. HSI works directly with innovative practitioners and

seeks to identify practical solutions with visible impact.


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