Feasibility of Using a Telemedicine Medication Delivery Unit for Older Adults that Require Medication Assistance During Transition from Hospital to Home

Funding Agency: 
Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Project Dates: 
10/07/2010 to 10/06/2011

Care transition interventions have been successful in reducing medication-related problems and associated rehospitalization primarily by focusing on medication reconciliation conducted by trained healthcare professionals.  The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility of using a telemedicine medication delivery unit rather than trained healthcare professionals for frail older adults that require medication assistance in their home immediately following hospitalization.

Dental Informatics and Oral Health Translational Research

The Center for Informatics in Oral Health Translational Research (CIOHTR) at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, is affiliated with DBMI. Dr. Heiko Spallek, Executive Director, and Dr. Tanja Bekhuis, Director of Oral Health Translational Methods, are members of the DBMI Training Program Faculty. They encourage multidisciplinary collaboration among trainees and faculty interested in dental informatics and translational research.

Short-and-long-term costs of laparoscopic colectomy are significantly less than open colectomy

Eisenberg DP, Wey J, Bao PQ, Saul M, Watson AR, Schraut WH, Lee KK, James Moser A, Hughes SJ. Short-and-long-term costs of laparoscopic colectomy are significantly less than open colectomy. Surgery Endoscopy 2010 Feb 21 (epub) PMID: 20174941

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Influence of medications and diagnoses on fall risk in psychiatric inpatients

Lavsa SM, Fabian TJ, Saul MI, Corman SL, Coley KC. Influence of medications and diagnoses on fall risk in psychiatric inpatients. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy 2010 Aug;67(15):1274-80. PMID: 20651318.

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Lavsa SM, Fabian TJ, Saul MI, Corman SL, Coley KC


Pharmacoepidemiology may be defined as the study of the utilization and effects of drugs in large numbers of people. To accomplish this study, pharmacoepidemiology borrows from both pharmacology and epidemiology. Thus, pharmacoepidemiology can be called a bridge science spanning both pharmacology and epidemiology. (ISPE Website)

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

The IOM defines CER as the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care. The purpose of CER is to assist consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers to make informed decisions that will improve health care at both the individual and population levels.

Systems Biology and Computational Biology

Understanding the molecular basis of diseases from a network perspective is a research focus of Panayiotis (Takis) Benos, PhD, and Madhavi Ganapathiraju, PhD.

Human Computer Interaction and Evaluation

Friedman's "fundamental theorem" of biomedical informatics states that the combination of human intelligence and information resources is more powerful than human intelligence alone. Realizing the potential benefits of this combination requires careful attention to the design and evaluation of user interfaces that will help users maximize the utility of information resources. Harry Hochheiser, PhD uses techniques of contextual inquiry and prototyping to develop bioinformatics interfaces for the FaceBase project.

Clinical Informatics

Steven Handler, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and secondary appointments in Geriatric Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Research focuses on clinical and translational informatics in the long-term care setting. His interests include developing and testing active medication monitoring systems to enhance the detection and response to potential adverse drug events, improving medication safety and adherence during care transitions, and the application of

PA Biosurveillance

Funding Agency: 
PA Dept of Health
Grant/Contract No.: 
SAP #40000012020
Project Dates: 
01/01/2008 to 06/30/2013

The purpose of the project was to maintain and expand the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s public health surveillance system.