Ellen Schultz is a project coordinator at CHP/PCOR who focuses on quality measurement and care coordination. In collaboration with members of the CHP/PCOR Quality Indicators team, she has developed quality indicators for a variety of patient populations, conditions, and processes. Her research on care coordination includes both conceptual work around a framework and definitions, exploration of the evidence base for care coordination, and extensive searches for measures of care coordination. She and her colleagues also developed the Care Coordination Measures Atlas, a compendium of care coordination measures. Ellen is interested in the potential for using health information technology, such as electronic health records, to both facilitate coordination and measure coordination processes, as well as other novel approaches to quality measurement.
Other recent projects include developing community health metrics based on emergency department data, synthesizing quality improvement literature, developing indicators of the health and well-being of Medicaid home and community-based services beneficiaries, and investigating hospital readmissions in California. In past work, she validated the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Prevention Quality Indicators, investigated timeliness of lung cancer care within the Veteran’s Health Administration, developed lung cancer quality indicators for the VA, and helped validate a computer-based decision support system aimed at improving the management of patients with lung nodules.
Ellen joined CHP/PCOR in November 2005 after completing an MS in Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has previously studied media influences on adolescent smoking and pigment patterns in zebrafish. She received a BA in biology and French from Washington University in St. Louis.