The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a free webinar on Using Health Information Technology for Chronic Disease Management.  Webinar is set for Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 11:30 am EST.

During the 90-minute conference, participants can watch and listen as presenters share their experiences, lessons learned, and insights into the potential of how various health information technology applications lend themselves to improving the quality and outcomes of treating elderly, chronic pain, and otherwise chronically ill patients.

The webinar will:

  1. Explore how health information technology (HIT) is affecting the care of the elderly population.
  2. Describe the challenges of caring for the elderly and chronically ill in different settings.
  3. Describe how health IT applications may improve care.
  4. Offer physicians ways to describe how health information technology can be used to improve health care quality for those in chronic pain.
  5. Give physicians the ability to identify health information technology strategies to implement in their clinical practices.
  6. Discuss ways to improve health care decision making, support patients-centered care, and improve the quality and safety of medication management.

The presenters will be:

  • James Fricton, DDS, MS, a professor of medicine, dentistry, and public health at the University of Minnesota and a fellow at the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Fricton has over thirty years of experience in patient care, research, and teaching in chronic pain and the use of the impact of health information technology and clinical decision support on improving safety, quality, and cost effectiveness of health care and consumer health.  Dr. Fricton will present findings from a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of clinical decision support (CDS) that integrates electronic dental, medical, and personal health records (EDR, EMR, and PHRs).  The study sought to demonstrate the efficacy of implementing two different clinical decision support strategies that provided personalized recommendations to the health care provider and compared them to usual care without CDS.  Dr. Friction will also discuss future areas where tools are needed to engage consumers and providers in using health information technologies.
  • Helene Kopal, MPA, MPH, a director at the Primary Care Development Corporation, oversees projects focused on introducing and sustaining clinical, technology, and process improvements in community health care settings.  She is currently the principal investigator on an AHRQ-funded study evaluating the role of enhanced electronic medical records on clinical practice in the management of hypertension in a community health care center.  Ms. Kopal will present an evaluation of whether EMR-embedded clinical decision support as part of a multi-faceted quality improvement initiative contributes to improved hypertension control in a community health center. The study also includes an analysis of facilitators and barriers to provider acceptance of clinical decision support, and an analysis of relevant implementation factors.
  • Randall Cebul, MD, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and director of the CWRU-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy.  Dr. Cebul’s work focuses on clinical research methods, quality of care measurement, and clinical decision support for chronic conditions and primary care.  Dr. Cebul will present results from a large learning collaborative for quality improvement.

To register for this free Web-based teleconference, please visit: