VA Grant Drives Precision Monitoring Effort

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The Regenstrief Institute was established in the late 1960s on the IUPUI campus and is associated with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County and Eskenazi Health. The Regenstrief Institute was established in the late 1960s on the IUPUI campus and is associated with the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County and Eskenazi Health.

A five-year, $5 million federal grant will tap into the expertise and resources of three medical care and data organizations in the state. The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Regenstrief Institute Inc. and Indiana University School of Medicine will take part in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Precision Monitoring program.

IUPUI says the program is designed to "generate data to transform care quality and outcomes." It will use electronic data already collected by the VA and implement "actionable, personalized, timely" patient monitoring with a focus on a wide-range of medical conditions. The initiative will take place within multiple environments such as emergency, inpatient and outpatient departments. Researchers will study the technical solutions to precision monitoring, while finding ways to engage health care professionals in improvement activities without bogging them down with too much information. Precision medicine is an emerging strategy that considers individual variables of the patient, including genes, environment and lifestyle.

The organizations involved say the funding will support four projects:

  • Nationwide implementation of electronic quality indicators for inpatient stroke care;
  • Use of patient-specific data and telehealth technology to facilitate improvement in care for veterans with transient ischemic attack;
  • Remote monitoring of continuous positive airway pressure for patients with sleep apnea;
  • Reduction of inappropriate carotid artery imaging orders.

Additional researchers with the IU School of Medicine, Regenstrief, Roudebush and the University of California-San Francisco are also involved in the effort.

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