The Institute for Advancement of Health Care (IAHC) is the health services research entity for the Greenville academic campus and positioned to study health care delivery issues. Through the IAHC, collaborative teams of researchers and practitioners have access to a large, robust, multidisciplinary, integrated health care delivery system with dominant market share and a commitment to health care innovation, community engagement, health promotion, and disease prevention. IAHC research and scholarly activities will address issues of major concern to an ailing health care system (quality, access, and cost). The IAHC will apply and implement research findings to clinical practice facilitating health care delivery system improvements.
Innovative research, education, and dissemination of discoveries to promote health and transform health care delivery.
Investigate patient-centered models of care; compare effectiveness of interventions and inform policy; study methods to build workforce capacity.
The IAHC's purpose is to:
• Guide, coordinate, implement, and support innovative initiatives designed to improve health care delivery;
• Foster innovation in education, research, and care models that will transform the way in which health care is taught, delivered and practiced;
• Support initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of the population; and
• Create a research milieu for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
The IAHC model is motivated by the health services research and organizational format of the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The IAHC, embedded in the Greenville Health System (GHS) organizational structure, adopted a health services research mission addressing three portfolios: compare effectiveness of interventions and inform policy; investigate patient-centered models of care, and study methods to build workforce capacity. The Research Portfolio Areas
direct the IAHC strategic agenda.