ICSI was formed in 1993 as The Institute for Clinical Systems Integration and was collaboration between HealthPartners, the Mayo Clinic and Park Nicollet Health Services. The collaboration was unique at the time because it brought health plans, business representatives and medical organizations together to offer better health care to the citizens of Minnesota. The organization changed its name to ICSI in 1997.
As of 2010, ICSI is sponsored by six health plans in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including PreferredOne, UCare, Medica, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin. There are also 59 medical groups representing more than 9,000 physicians in Minnesota and Wisconsin that are a part of ICSI.
When ICSI was first formed, it brought medical experts together to devise guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health conditions and diseases. In 2007, ICSI changed its focus to on patient care services and payment models in order to provide patients with the best medical care possible.
The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) is a non-profit, independent organization that provides people in Minnesota and surrounding states with evidence-based health care services. ICSI is a collaborative effort between physicians and health plans.