The Health Innovation Program (HIP) supports innovation in health care practice by providing data and health care intervention resources that support high-quality research and evidence-based decision making.


The mission of the Health Innovation Program is to improve health care delivery and population health across the state and nation through health systems research that partners University of Wisconsin faculty with health care and community organizations.


Our vision is to be the leading organization in the nation that integrates health systems research with clinical practice and community programs. This vision comprises:

  • A community of investigators, staff and trainees committed to conducting partnered research
  • Partnerships with health care and community organizations dedicated to achieving a common vision of improved care through innovative interventions and rigorous evaluation
  • Extensive and easily available data resources that support high-quality research and evidence-based decision making for health
  • An outstanding virtual environment that supports collaboration with colleagues across the nation


Health Innovation Program investigators work on a variety of projects and have externally funded research programs with funding primarily from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program also receives funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program and UW Health to support health services research that directly benefits the citizens of Wisconsin. More recently, HIP created an analytics resource for the UW Health Accountable Care Organization.

For more information on the types of projects students can participate in, email Maureen Smith at