MetroHealth Part of $5 Million National Effort to Study 800,000 Children Nationwide

By | January 7, 2013

Under the direction of Center faculty member Dr. David Kaelber, The MetroHealth System is one of five systems chosen to participate in a national study that would use electronic health records (EHR) and other electronic data to study pediatric diseases in 800,000 children. The $5 million study is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Projects include a study to examine the long-term side effects of pharmaceutical treatments in children, such as antipsychotic drugs and off-label asthma medications, and the prevalence and management of pediatric high blood pressure.

ÒThis is a big step forward in our ability to study disease and improve the health of children nationally. Some diseases are relatively rare and some medications are used infrequently, so we need a large population of children to study,Ó said Kaelber. ÒOur electronic health records provide us opportunities to study these challenges in ways that we never dreamed of even 10 years ago.Ó Other investigators involved in this grant are from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Boston University and the ChildrenÕs Hospital of Philadelphia.Dr. David Kaelber