Welcome to SIHI

A statewide hub for health education, research, and outreach to improve access to healthcare for all Montanans

The L.S. Skaggs Institute for Health Innovation (SIHI) consists of three components: rural health outreach, opportunities for interprofessional telehealth education, and implementation of precision medicine innovations. Each objective provides the potential for integration of direct service for patients, experiential learning opportunities for students, technology-enabled educational opportunities, research opportunities in precision medicine, and support for healthcare professionals and institutions across Montana.

SIHI builds upon the success of existing programs in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, namely ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans (IPHARM), IPHARM Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Center, and Precision Medicine Project (PMP). 

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We are excited to launch the first pharmacogenetic implementation program for rural and tribal communities

The first program to be launched through SIHI is a pharmacogenetic consulting service which will be deployed statewide by utilizing telehealth services. 

Pharmacogenetics helps prescribers choose the right medication at the right dose for their patients. In traditional prescribing (top of image) each person receives a normal dose of a medication. With pharmacogenetic testing (bottom of image) prescribers know if a patient requires a normal dose, twice the dose, half the dose, or an alternative medication altogether. 

With >99% of patients carrying information in their genes that can be used to tailor medications, pharmacogenetic testing provides potential benefits for both patients and healthcare systems.

We have partnered with rural and tribal providers across the state to implement pharmacogenetic testing services into their facilities. Our goal is to ensure pharmacogenetic testing technologies are accessible for all patients regardless of ancestry, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.

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Video: Pharmacogenetic Testing Consultations