Welcome From The Chair

Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chair

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in healthcare quality, patient safety and information technology, has been named chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and physician-in-chief of healthcare policy and research at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The refocused Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, formerly Public Health, will concentrate on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across
the country.

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News & Highlights

Weill Cornell-Led Consortium Wins $7 Million to Develop
New York Patient Data Network

Dr. Rainu Kaushal is leading a consortium to build a city-wide research data infrastructure to improve clinical decision-making. An article about the project appears in JAMIA and other news media.

How Valuable is Value-Based Payment?

In a recent Opinion piece in Annals of Internal Medicine, Drs. Andrew Ryan and Matthew Press discuss the implementation challenges of one of the incentive programs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Study Supports Analyzing Cost Variations at the Hospital Level

A recent study in Healthcare by Dr. William Borden, Dr. Alvin Mushlin, and colleagues supports the use of hospital costs to examine the reasons for regional variation in healthcare spending.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

Dr. Lawrence Casalino Is Designated a "Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters

Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, has been designated one of the “Highly Cited Researchers 2014,” by Thomson Reuters.

Laith Abu-Raddad, Ghina Mumtaz

Emerging HIV Epidemics Among People Who Inject Drugs in the Middle East and North Africa

Ghina Mumtaz, Dr. Laith Abu-Raddad, and others publish a study in PLoS Medicine revealing patterns in recent HIV epidemics among injection drug users in the region.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

Dr. Madelon Finkel Is Author of Recent Articles on Shale Gas Extraction

Madelon Finkel, PhD, is the senior author of two recent articles on shale gas drilling.

Alvin I. Mushlin, MD, ScM

Dr. Alvin Mushlin Chairs PCORI Advisory Panel

Alvin Mushlin, MD, ScM, chaired a recent Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

Dr. Lawrence Casalino Gives Invited Talk in Oslo, Norway

Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, gave an invited talk titled “Physician Satisfaction: Should Anyone Care?” at the Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession in Oslo, Norway, on June 2, 2014.

Bruce Schackman, PhD

Dr. Bruce Schackman Chairs Workshop at European Society for Medical Decision Making Meeting

Bruce Schackman, PhD, chaired a workshop entitled “Methodological issues in economic evaluation of medical treatments for chronic diseases with societal outcomes: the case of alcohol and substance abuse” at the European Society for Medical Decision Making meeting in Antwerp June 8-10, 2014.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

Dr. Madelon Finkel is Invited Lecturer at Hamad Hospital

Madelon Finkel, PhD, Director of the Office of Global Health Education, was an invited lecturer at Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar, where she participated in the Clinical and Translational Research Training Course that took place from April 6 to May 5, 2014.

Dr. Jessica Ancker Publishes and Presents on Electronic Health Record Use

Jessica Ancker, MPH, PhD, led several recent studies and made a number of presentations on aspects of electronic health record use.

Dr. Thomas Campion Presents NIH Collaboratory Grand Rounds

Thomas Campion, PhD, gave NIH Collaboratory Grand Rounds on June 6, 2014, on "Interoperable Architecture for PCORnet: New York City Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN)." His talk described the PCORI-funded effort, led by Dr. Rainu Kaushal and the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, to aggregate electronic health record data from the city's academic health centers and other partners.

Dr. Tara Bishop Receives 2014 Weill Cornell Leadership Fellowship

Tara Bishop, MD, MPH, has been selected for the third cohort of the Weill-Cornell Leadership Fellows. This program, co-directed by Drs. Lawrence Casalino and Michael Wolk, seeks to identify and foster the development of Weill Cornell's "Leaders of Tomorrow."

Study Finds Coordinated Approach Improves Quality of Primary Care

A study in Annals of Internal Medicine by Dr. Lisa Kern, Ms. Alison Edwards, and Dr. Rainu Kaushal shows modest improvement in care quality among physicians participating in patient-centered medical homes. Read press releases from WCMC and The Commonwealth Fund.

Dr. Rainu Kaushal Featured in AP Article on SHIN-NY

Dr. Rainu Kaushal discusses studies she led on the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which was shown to reduce redundant tests and unneeded hospital admissions.

Smokers Find Ways to Pay Less for Cigarettes

In an article in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Michael Pesko gives policy suggestions for making cigarette price minimization more difficult.

Department Faculty and Students Honored for Excellence

Drs. Erika Abramson, Ziyad Mahfoud, and Laith Abu-Raddad received Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2014, and three medical students received Public Health prizes. Read more about the teaching and student awards.

First Class of Students Graduate from Master of Science Program in Health Informatics

The first class of students in the Master of Science Program in Health Informatics graduated May 29, 2014, from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Health Care Reform: An Opportunity for Hospitals to Lead

A commentary in Annals of Internal Medicine by Drs. Andrew Ryan and Alvin Mushlin asserts that hospitals will maintain their prominent role in American medicine and remain economically viable, despite health care reform initiatives.
Read news release and interview in InformationWeek.

Improving Population Health One Person at a Time?

Douglas Noble, MD, MPH, and Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, explore the perception of the phrase "population health" in accountable care organizations in an article in BMJ.

Robotic Lobectomy Found Riskier and More Expensive Than Thoracoscopic Lobectomy in Early Years After Adoption

An analysis by Drs. Subroto Paul, Art Sedrakyan, and others reveals that robotic-assisted lobectomy is associated with more bleeding than thoracoscopic lobectomy, and costs more.

Do Providers' Prior Attitudes Affect EHR Meaningful Use?

Tara Bishop, MD, MPH, Andrew Ryan, PhD, Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, and colleagues published a study in Healthcare exploring the relationship between meaningful use of the EHR and providers' prior attitudes about EHRs.

The Department is now on Twitter

Master's Program in Health Informatics Featured in U.S. News and World Report

Recent Faculty Publications

Arthritis Care Res • 2014 • Hassan Ghomrawi, Lisa Mandl, Alvin Mushlin, et al
An Evaluation of Two Appropriateness Criteria for Total Knee Replacement

 

PLoS Medicine • 2014 • Laith Abu-Raddad et al
HIV among People Who Inject Drugs in the Middle East and North Africa: Systematic Review and Data Synthesis

 

JAMIA • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Daniel Stein, Rainu Kaushal, et al
How is the electronic health record being used? Use of EHR data to assess physician-level variability in technology use

 

Healthcare • 2014 • William Borden, Alvin Mushlin
Assessing variation in utilization for acute myocardial infarction in New York State

 

Preventive Medicine • 2014 • Michael Pesko et al
Per-pack price reductions available from different cigarette purchasing strategies: United States, 2009-2010

 

Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Rainu Kaushal
The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Electronic Health Records, and Quality of Care

 

Inform Health Soc Care • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Nena Osorio, Adam Cheriff, Curtis Cole, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal
Patient activation and use of an electronic patient portal

 

J Gen Intern Med • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal
Rapid growth in use of personal health records in new york, 2012-2013

 

J Eval Clin Pract • 2014 • Erika Abramson, Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal, et al
Expert panel evaluation of health information technology effects on adverse events

 

Chest • 2014 • Subroto Paul, Jessica Jalbert, Abby Isaacs, Art Sedrakyan, et al
Comparative Effectiveness Of Robotic-Assisted Vs. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy

 

Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Andrew Ryan, Alvin Mushlin
The Affordable Care Act's Payment Reforms and the Future of Hospitals

 

JAMA • 2014 • Matthew Press
Filling Buckets

 

JAMIA • 2014 • Rainu Kaushal, Thomas Campion, Alexander Low, Harold Pincus, et al
Changing the research landscape: the New York City Clinical Data Research Network

 

Healthcare • 2014 • Tara Bishop, Lawrence Casalino, Andrew Ryan, et al
Do provider attitudes about electronic health records predict future electronic health record use?

 

BMJ • 2014 • Douglas Noble, Lawrence Casalino, et al
Improving population health one person at a time? Accountable care organisations: perceptions of population health—a qualitative interview study

 

JAMA Intern Med • 2014 • Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal
Measuring the Impact of "Meaningful Use" on Quality of Care

 

Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Andrew Ryan, Matthew Press
Value-based payment for physicians in medicare: small step or giant leap?

 

The Lancet • 2014 • Art Sedrakyan
Precarious innovation of anti-infective coated devices

 

Environ Health Perspect • 2014 • Madelon Finkel et al
Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development

 

BMJ • 2014 • Madelon Finkel et al
Public Health England's draft report on shale gas extraction

 

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