Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program: Strategic Program Overview
The Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program is committed to providing high-quality acute stroke care and improving health outcomes for everyone experiencing stroke in Wisconsin. To accomplish these goals, the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program has the following objectives:
- Public Awareness: Promote messaging for stroke prevention, signs and symptoms, and importance of calling 911.
- Partnerships: Increase and maintain multi-disciplinary partnerships (e.g., Stroke Coordinators of Wisconsin, the EMS Board Physician Advisory Committee) to guide the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program and coordinate with other statewide stroke efforts.
- Recruitment: Recruit and engage Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospital systems in quality improvement.
- Data infrastructure: Implement an integrated data management system to measure, track, and assess quality of care (QOC).
- Data Use: Increase the reliability and use of stroke data across transitions of care (EMS-hospital, hospital-home, primary care-community services).
- Quality Improvement (QI): Coordinate stroke care QI efforts.
- Sustainability: Develop a sustainability plan and/or mechanisms to support ongoing coordinated stroke care systems.
Key components of the program include:
- For hospitals, reporting on and improving performance measures through the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (link is external) (PCNASR).
- For EMS, reporting on and improving performance measures through the Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS).
- Facilitating EMS and hospitals in developing and implementing stroke systems of care.
John Bowser, PhD, Coverdell Program Director