Category Archives: Population Health

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…

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…