Pittsburgh Older American Independence Center (Pepper Center)

Funding Agency: 
National Institute on Aging
Grant/Contract No.: 
P30-AG024827
Project Dates: 
09/30/2012 to 08/31/2014

The specific aims are to develop interventions to improve function and independence in older adults with balance disorders, integrate studies of physiologic, biomechanical, and psychosocial mechanisms affecting balance with clinical studies, and foster multidisciplinary research and research training.

Pilot study to determine the feasibility of using telemedicine to assist nurse practitioners with managing acute change in condition and palliative care assessments of nursing home residents

Funding Agency: 
UPMC Technology Development Center (TDC), Center for Connected Medicine and Department of Biomedical Informatics
Project Dates: 
11/01/2012 to 10/31/2013

The primary goal of this quality improvement project is to determine the feasibility of using telemedicine to assist nurse practitioners with managing acute change in condition and palliative care assessments of UPMC nursing home patients. To assess feasibility, we intend to utilize web-based surveys to quantify the perception of these services in terms of quality of the medical care provided, quality of the equipment used, and perceived barriers to implementation, both before and following each telemedicine encounter.

Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities in Western Pennsylvania (RAVEN).

Funding Agency: 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Grant/Contract No.: 
CMS-1E1CMS331081-01-00
Project Dates: 
08/27/2012 to 08/24/2016

UPMC will implement an intervention in 19 nursing facilities in the western region of Pennsylvania. UPMC Community Provider Services has created a program called “RAVEN” (Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities in western Pennsylvania).

Transforming the role of the hospital pharmacist to improve patients’ access, adherence, and self-management of medication after discharge

Funding Agency: 
Beckwith Institute Clinical Transformation Program
Project Dates: 
06/17/2013 to 06/16/2014

The goal of this quality improvement initiative is to enhance and evaluate a recently implemented pharmacy patient-care model at UPMC-Presbyterian Shadyside using a tool that will enable the pharmacist to engage the patient in the process of shared decision-making for medication self-management.

Improving the Identification of Actionable Adverse Drug Events Associated with Acute Kidney Injury in Nursing Homes

Funding Agency: 
Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh
Project Dates: 
03/01/2014 to 06/30/2014

The goal of this study is to determine if the addition of patient characteristics (i.e., clinical context) to a clinical surveillance system can improve identification of actionable adverse drug events caused by acute kidney injury and reduce alert burden/fatigue in nursing homes.

The Vis Lab

The Vis Lab is focused on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to problems in the Learning Health System (LHS) that include: 1) development of a learning Electronic Medical Record (LEMR) system, 2) precision medicine and personalized modeling, 3) reuse of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data for clinical, translational, and informatics research, 4) data mining and causal discovery from biomedical data, and 5) automated visual analytics.

The Vis Lab Website

Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MSc, FCCM, FCCP

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Kane-Gill, Sandra
University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
918 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh
PA
15261
412-624-5150

Critical Care Medication Safety Officer
Department of Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
School of Pharmacy

Julia Driessen, PhD

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Driessen, Julia
University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management
A614 Crabtree/Parran
Pittsburgh
PA
15261
412-624-2475

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management

Ervin Sejdic, PhD

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Sejdic, Ervin
Pittsburgh
PA
15261
412-624-0508
412-624-8003
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Swanson School of Engineering, UPitt
Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine
Intelligent Systems Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Director, RFID Center of Excellence

Ashok Panigrahy, MD

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Panigrahy, Ashok
4401 Penn Avenue, Floor 2
Pittsburgh
PA
15224
412-692-5510
412-864-8622
Radiologist-In-Chief, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Imaging Research and Associate Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, MR/CT Imaging
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