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Welcome to the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). IQuESt is a partnership between the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Service and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).  We are one of 18 competitively awarded Centers of Innovation (COINs) funded by the Health Services Research and Development Service of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  IQuESt has received generous support from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center from its establishment in 1990 as the Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies.  In 1998, the Section of Health Services Research (HSR) of the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), became a co-sponsor and academic affiliate. 

Research conducted by MEDVAMC staff ensures Veterans access to cutting-edge medical and health care technology. The MEDVAMC Research & Development (R&D) Program is an integral part of the medical center's mission and plays a very important role in the health care Veterans receive.  The production of new knowledge, techniques, and products improves prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of the many diseases faced by our Veterans. MEDVAMC researchers work closely with those at our affiliated medical school, BCM, to further extend their efforts to sustain the lives and improve the quality of life of the Veterans and their families. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research.

BCM is a health sciences university that creates knowledge and applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare and community service locally and globally.  Their vision is to improve health through science, scholarship and innovation.  Located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), BCM educates healthcare providers and scientists in a diverse array of programs considered among the elite in the world. U.S. News & World Report ranked BCM first in Texas for the best medical school and 16th in the nation for research.  BCM’s community ranked in the top third among institutions for having an inclusive environment, according to the Association of American Medical College’s Diversity Engagement Survey.

All IQuESt’s faculty have appointments at BCM, and some hold appointments at Texas A&M University, Rice University, The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, The UT School of Health Informatics, and the University of Houston.

Over the years, IQuESt has flourished into a research powerhouse that has a growing operating budget, primarily from grants and contracts, and a national reputation inside and outside VHA for excellence in health services research, investigator development, and scientific leadership.  Our mission is to improve health and well-being through innovations in health care delivery.  In addition, we support, mentor, and develop outstanding research leadership.  Our goals are:

  1. Innovation – To conduct research on health care delivery that impacts policy, practice and the health of patients and populations;
  2. Implementation – To disseminate and implement innovations in health care delivery;
  3. Mentorship – To train and mentor researchers and leaders in health care delivery science.

On an average day in IQuESt you could encounter a team consisting of a primary care doctor, a computer scientist, an industrial/organizational psychologist, a psychiatrist or other medical subspecialist, a social worker, a biostatistician, and a communications scientist-all teaming up with the goal of studying how to deliver health care with the highest quality and efficiency.  Our overall goal is to make a positive impact on health delivery and quality.

IQuESt Facts

·           Largest center for health services research in the Southwest

·           Houses nearly 200 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, trainees and research staff in 36,000 square feet of space

·           Since 2007, our number of HSR-funded investigators has grown over 125% and our total grant funding has more than doubled

·           12-year history of VA contract work with 11 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN)

·           In the past decade, work has contributed to:

o      52 papers cited in 12 Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports

o      113 papers cited in 56 clinical guidelines for patient care

o      Five papers cited in three Centers for Disease Control recommended programs

o      One paper selected by Faculty of 1000 as one of the top 2% of all published articles in the biology and medicine sciences 

More about us

·            Baylor College of Medicine Health Services Research

·            Conceptual Model

·            Program Overview

·            Leadership and Investigators

·            Organizational Chart

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