Online Program

Step one: Building local and regional level capacity for health analytics, quality of care improvement, and practice-based research

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Adam Baus, PhD, MA, MPH, Health Policy, Management, and Leadership, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Office of Health Services Research, Morgantown, WV
Cecil Pollard, MA, Social and Behavioral Sciences, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Office of Health Services Research, Morgantown, WV
Traci Jarrett, PhD, School of Public Health, WV Prevention Research Center, WVCTSI, Office of Health Services Research, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Mary Swim, BA, Social and Behavioral Sciences, West Virginia University School of Public Health, Office of Health Services Research, Morgantown, WV
Electronic health record data is becoming an increasingly imporant component to state-level public health program planning and implementation. However, the ability for these data to be used on a local level and the confidence in which the data are of sound quality are often overlooked. The West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research is in its 12th year of partnering with state and regional primary care centers in data-driven quality of care improvement and research initiatives. Our history and long-term, sustained partnerships highlight the need to first create enhanced capacity on the part of primary care providers, patient centered medical home teams, primary care organizations and their affiliated local health departments and regional health alliances to best leverage local data to address local needs. Building enhanced knowledge, skill, ability, and a sense of empowermnet for local champions to repurpose electronic health record data to drive public health initiatives is proving successful. This paradigm both ehnances meningful use of the data, while drawing attention to the quality of the data and steps to improve data quality. The session will provide examples of how this model is supporting regional and state level partnerships, new approaches to identification of at-risk patient populations, grant applications to support these efforts, interdisciplinary research and publications, collaboratively built approaches to data governance, and ultimately public health policy.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the importance of electronic health record data quality in the overall ability for local level and ultimately regional and state level data-driven public health initiatives. Identify methods by which electronic health record data can be routinely examined for data quality. Differentiate in the strengths and resources afforded through various partners such as state and local public health, health alliances, primary care providers, academic institutions, health services researchers and clinical investigators. Formulate ideas for building and supporting health data collaboratives in your region/state.

Keyword(s): Public Health Research, Quality of Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Network Coordinator for the West Virginia (WV) Practice Based Research Network within the WV Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and am in my twelfth year of working directly with WV primary care as a member of the West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research. I have developed expertise in application of health information technology within primary care, leadership skills, and established trust and a collaborative relationship with WV primary care.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.