Handler wins Junior Faculty (Clinical) Award at Department of Medicine’s 2008 Research Day

Steven Handler, MD, MS, CMD, has won the Junior Faculty (Clinical) Award at the Department of Medicine’s Sixth Annual Research Day, held May 8, 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Handler’s poster was titled, “Assessing the Performance Characteristics of Signals Used by a Clinical Event Monitor to Detect Adverse Drug Reactions in the Nursing Home.”

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in nursing homes. Computerized clinical event monitors (automated decision-support systems that provide feedback to healthcare professionals) have primarily been developed to automate the detection of potential ADRs in acute and ambulatory care settings. The purpose of Handler’s study was to determine the positive predictive values of signals specifically designed for use by a clinical event monitor to detect ADRs in the nursing home setting.

“The results,” said Handler, “suggest that adverse drug reactions can be detected in the nursing home setting with a high degree of accuracy using a clinical event monitor that employs a set of signals derived by expert consensus, and further refined by knowledge engineering.”

The Department Of Medicine’s Research Day showcases the work of young researchers from the Department of Medicine.

Handler is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and has a secondary faculty appointment at the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Handler is also a doctoral fellow in the Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program. He is the lead author of the recent paper “Consensus list of signals to detect potential adverse drug reactions in nursing homes” (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 2008).

Post Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2008