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Landmark study of Under-diagnosis and Under-treatment of Hypertension in U.S. Kids

By | November 22, 2016

Hypertension is already nicknamed “the silent killer”, and for children and adolescents ages 3 -18, it could easily be called the under-diagnosed disease based on the results of a study published today in Pediatrics. The report’s lead author, Dr. David Kaelber, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at MetroHealth and Director of Health Care Informatics at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy explains the results here. Even though children’s blood pressure is routinely checked during office visits, physicians aren’t interpreting the results and following the appropriate guidelines for treatment…

Bolen and colleagues find newer diabetes drugs to be no safer than older drugs

By | November 9, 2016

In an article published on June 7th, 2016 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Shari Bolen and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University compare the effectiveness and safety of most diabetes medications alone and in combination with metformin.  They found that metformin, one of the older medications, is still the safest and most effective diabetes medication…

New study finds heart failure readmission associated with poorer long-term outcomes and cost for Medicare patients

By | November 1, 2016

In a study of more than 7500 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure in 1998-2001, 30-day all-cause readmission was associated with a higher risk of subsequent all-cause mortality, higher number of cumulative all-cause readmission, longer cumulative length of stay, and higher cumulative cost. Published this month in the American Journal of Medicine. the study, led by researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington, DC, was co-authored by Dr. Thomas Love, director of Biostatistics and Evaluation for the Center for Health Care Research and Policy…

Study finds no strong link between spironolactone therapy and readmission for heart failure in patients with reduced ejection fraction

By | November 1, 2016

A discharge prescription for spironolactone had no association with 30-day all-cause readmission among older, hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction who were eligible for spironolactone therapy. The study, published this month by the International Journal of Cardiology, was led by researchers at Georgetown University and the VA Medical Center of Washington DC, and co-authored by Dr. Thomas Love, Director of Biostatistics and Evaluation at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy…

Dr. David Kaelber elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

By | October 25, 2016

Dr. David Kaelber is one of 23 fellows elected to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI). Fellowship in ACMI is by election of other fellows and only eligible for informaticians who have been in the field for at least 10 years and make significant contribution to the field of informatics. Dr. Kaelber is the Director of Health Care Informatics for the Center for Health Care Research and Policy…

Research Linking Neighborhood Deprivation to Increased Cardiovascular Risk Earns International Recognition

By | October 22, 2016

“Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Major Atherosclerotic Event Rates: An Analysis of Geocoded Electronic Health Data” identifies substantial geographic variation in various socioeconomic measures related to risk for and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Researchers including Jarrod Dalton, Adam Perzynski, and Neal Dawson, in collaboration with experts in health policy, internal medicine, and social work presented their work at a “Top-Rated Abstracts” session of the Society for Medical Decision Making Meeting in Vancouver, Canada…

David Kaelber named one of Health Data Management’s 30 Leading CMIO Experts in Health Care

By | July 22, 2016

David Kaelber, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACP, Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Vice President of Health Informatics for the MetroHealth System, and Director of Health Care Informatics at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, was recently recognized as one of 2016’s 30 leading CMIO experts. The list is made up of informatics officers from all over the country who represent leading voices in the CMIO community, and recognizes their current and past influence to mold the field.

New Study Shows Prepared Safety Net Improves Care, Saves Money In Medicaid Expansion Population

By | July 7, 2015

A new study published July 7 in Health Affairs found that poor, uninsured patients who enrolled in a Medicaid-like insurance plan had better care and health outcomes than those who remained uninsured — all achieved with total costs of enrollees` care that were 28.7 percent below the spending cap allowed by the federal government. The Read More