Butler and Haselkorn Receive Grant for Health Information Technology Improvement

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) has received a four-year, 1.8 million dollar R01 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), US Health and Human Services, for "Modeling and Analysis of Clinical Care for Health Information Technology Improvement." HCDE Principal Research Scientist Keith Butler is PI for the award, with HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn as co-PI.

Working with Butler and Haselkorn are Dr. Mark Oberle (School of Public Health), Brian Theodore (UW Pain Clinic), Konrad Schroder, Dr. Jodie Haselkorn (Rehabilitation Medicine), and Dr. W. Paul Nichol (Medicine and Health Services, UW School of Medicine). The consortium of units working on this research also includes: VA's MS Clinic, Duke University Cardiology, Baylor Hospital Admissions, and University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences, with Medico Systems and BJV Consulting as consultants.

Butler's proposal identifies the critical, nation-wide need to reduce the cost of health care while increasing access and quality and proposes Electronic health records (EHR) and associated applications of health information technology (HIT) have great potential but that potential remains largely unrealized. In order to exploit the potential of HIT, its designs must be based on an understanding of how care is actually performed, including an analysis of constraints and problem areas to prioritize how HIT should be applied to achieve measurable gains in efficiency and quality. Butler and his colleagues propose to model and analyze clinical care work flows, networks, and decision making at three sites: the VA Puget Sound Multiple Sclerosis Regional Program, the University of Washington Medicine Center for Pain Relief, and the Baylor Hospital Health Care Admissions Program.