AHRQ Grant Awarded to Study Decision Support in Diabetes

By | October 25, 2004

Center Director Randall D. Cebul, MD, along with other Center faculty and investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (co-PI C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA) and the Weatherhead School`s Department of Information Technology (Betty Vandenbosch, PhD) , were recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to study new approaches for improving the care and outcomes of patients with diabetes in Northeast Ohio. Altogether, the 3-year trial will enroll over 13,000 adult patients with diabetes who are cared for by 200 primary care physicians in 22 CCF and MetroHealth community-based practices. Two innovative decision support systems will be studied – one that helps physicians and facilitates a disease management approach, and a second that empowers patients by providing web-portal access to their physicians and their diabetes-related information. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this project is part of a major new federal initiative to inter-connect electronic health data to improve the quality and cost of health care [link]. Both MetroHealth and the Cleveland Clinic use the same commercially available electronic medical record system. To find out more about the federal initiative, visit this page on the AHRQ web site.Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, [link],this page