The Center for Population Health Informatics

The Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI), a center within the Institute for Informatics (I²) at Washington University in St. Louis, is working across disciplines and harnessing the power of data and technology to better the lives of those in St. Louis and beyond.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

CPHI is actively engaged in developing and studying innovative uses for data and technology at the point of care and beyond to improve population health outcomes.

  • The Automated Heart Health Assessment (AH-HA) project is developing a clinical decision support tool designed for use in cancer survivorship settings. AH-HA is embedded in patients’ electronic health records and automatically populates with their personal medical data to create an interactive infographic of their risk for heart disease.
  • CPHI is developing an algorithm that predicts cardiovascular disease risk among breast cancer survivors. There’s not yet an algorithm that takes into account the traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the cardiotoxic therapies that patients receives. This is an important gap because traditional cardiovascular risk algorithms underestimate risk among cancer patients.
  • Dr. Foraker and the CPHI are assisting Sean Joe, a Benjamin E. Youngdahl professor of social development in the Brown School, with a grant application to investigate using I² clinical data sources to gain insights into the journey of patients with mental health diagnoses through the healthcare system. The objective is to learn how that path is linked to important outcomes, such as hospital readmissions and community-service referrals.

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)