The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute — created by the Affordable Care Act — has awarded a $2 million grant to a research team from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research.
Headed by Brad Doebbeling, Department of BioHealth Informatics chair and a professor of informatics, medicine and biomedical engineering, the team is the first in Indiana to receive an institute grant designed to include patients in the discussion of how to improve and expedite medical care.
In the coming months, Doebbeling’s team will work with community health centers around Indiana to understand how to provide better health care in a more timely fashion.
“We were funded to form a collaborative of community health centers from around the state of Indiana to gain a better understanding of how we can improve access to health care in Indiana,” he said.
Doebbeling’s team will examine how patients enter into clinic systems and engage patients, providers and staff in discussions about opportunities for change. They will study best practices and innovations that the community centers have discovered work for them on a physician, staff member or patient level to improve access to care.
“We’re right at the tipping point in health care informatics and health system redesign, where we can effectively use the information and data to make better decisions about organization and to provide more efficient, higher-quality health care,” Doebbeling said. “I’m excited; now is the time to solve those kind of problems. Our country is embarking on a grand experiment to work within existing insurance plans and delivery systems to expand care to the uninsured.
“There is tremendous data and information available that we need to utilize to provide better, safer and more efficient and effective health care. This is exciting because it’s a real partnership between patients, providers, staff, health systems and researchers all working together to solve problems with access to care.”