Research

The ReImagineEHR initiative aims to enable innovations that enhance user experience with the electronic health record (EHR) and personal health record (PHR), improving patient outcomes and delivering personalized, value-driven, and safe care for individuals and populations. We have established a team science-based, multi-disciplinary framework that uniquely positions us to compete successfully for research funding.

GRANTS

Project Source Investigators Time Direct Costs
Surgery referrals dashboard ONC
  • Vascular Surgery: Ben Brooke (co-PI)
  • Del Fiol, Kawamoto, Weir
1 yr $300,000
Population-based identification of patients at high risk for hereditary cancer NCI U24
  • Del Fiol, Kawamoto, Weir, Chapman
  • Medicine: Mike Flynn, Rachel Hess
  • HCI: Wendy Kohlman, Josh Schiffman
  • Intermountain: Scott Narus
5 yrs $3 million
Care coordination support for children w/ special healthcare needs ONC/CMS
  • Del Fiol (co-PI)
  • Peds: Norlin (PI)
  • UT Medicaid: Iona Thraen
  • UHIN: Teresa Rivera
  • Intermountain: Scott Narus
3 yrs $4.8 million

Vision for Research

This ReImagineEHR strategic research framework has four pillars:

  1. Tight synergy with clinical operations. The needs of our clinicians and patients bring opportunities for disruptive innovation and help define our research foci. Health care systems provides a test bed for our faculty to design, test, and implement innovations.
     
  2. Systematic, research-based approach to software design. We apply systematic sociotechnical methods to deeply understand clinical problems and decision-making tasks; design applications through an iterative and user-centered approach guided by formative evaluations in simulated settings; and evaluate the effect of our applications on safety, value, and provider satisfaction in multi-institutional clustered randomized trials.
     
  3. Attention to broad dissemination from the ground-up. To support multi-center collaboration and wide adoption, we build applications using standards-based approaches that allow our innovations to be used across multiple EHR systems and healthcare institutions. Several of our faculty and staff are national leaders in the development of standards, including EHR interoperability: including Guilherme Del Fiol, Stan Huff, Catherine Staes, Ken Kawamoto, and Karen Eilbeck.
     
  4. Tight synergy with education. Students have unparalleled opportunities to participate at the interface of research and practice as they observe clinical workflow, interview clinicians, and help design and evaluate interventions that solve real-world problems.