INFORMATICS GRAND ROUNDS
“AUTOMATED USE OF CLINICAL LABORATORY RESULTS IN ADULTS”
Benjamin Littenberg, MD
Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and Professor of Nursing University of Vermont
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Information about remote participation will be provided closer to the date)
The aggregation of patient-level clinical data into registries has great potential to improve the quality and reduce the costs of health care. The Vermedx Diabetes Information System is a laboratory-based patient registry with clinical and public health applications developed with support from the National Institutes of Health. I will present the design, implementation and evaluation of the system and discuss its impact and current applications as well as prospects for the future of such registries.
Dr. Littenberg is the Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine as well as Professor of Nursing, Director of General Internal Medicine, and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Vermont. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and trained in internal medicine at Hartford (Connecticut) Hospital. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University before becoming Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth. Following an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, he assumed his present position in 1999.
He also founded and serves as Chief Medical Officer of Vermedx, Inc., a privately-held company whose NIH clinical trial-validated chronic disease decision support tools for providers and patients is being utilized in primary care environments in New England, New York, California, and Texas.
Dr. Littenberg’s research centers on technology assessment and quality improvement. Recent projects include new ways to measure quality of care in chronic disease, novel strategies for reporting test results to patients, the effect of the built environment on health outcomes, safety improvements in outpatient prescriptions, and strategies to address health literacy. In Vermont, Dr. Littenberg has developed statewide registry-based approaches to quality and safety improvement with the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and as Principal Investigator of the Vermont Diabetes Information System. He serves on the Association of University Radiologists GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Advisory Board, the Brookings Institution High Value Health Care Project Expert Panel for Lab Data Integration for Diabetes Care Improvement, the National Quality Forum’s Cancer Care Performance Measures Cancer Technical Panel, and the New York City Department of Health A1C Registry Advisory Board.
Informatics Grand Rounds is a joint initiative between the University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.