EHR-Based Tools and Algorithms for Managing Cardiovascular Risk

February 7, 2019, 8:00 am — 9:00 am

Clopton Auditorium
Wohl Clinic
Washington University School of Medicine
4950 Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO 63110

This talk, part of the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Series, will feature Dr. Randi Foraker, Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI) at the Institute for Informatics (I2).

During a clinical encounter, providers are often distracted from having conversations with their patients about their health status and disease risk given the need to document clinical data in the electronic health record (EHR). The promise of the EHR is that the data entered by providers during a clinical encounter can be used for real-time patient monitoring and shared-decision making, as well as population health management. EHRs have the ability to bring data to life, to make clinical data relevant for patients and providers, and to allow for a more efficient and patient-centered clinical encounter. To do so effectively, we cannot lose sight of the importance of stakeholder engagement when developing EHR-based tools and algorithms. This talk will describe the process for creating and implementing an EHR-based tool for addressing cardiovascular modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in the primary care setting, the resulting improvements in population health, and the refinement of the tool for use in cancer survivorship. At the end of this lecture, you will be able to: 1) describe the development and implementation of an evidence-based algorithm at the point-of-care; 2) identify methods for assessing the usability of such tools; 3) characterize appropriate study designs for evaluating such tools; and 4) explain how informatics can be considered an interventional discipline.