University of Colorado Hospital to Study Impact Of Patient Internet Access to Records

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The University of Colorado Hospital

    DENVER, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The University
 of Colorado Hospital today announced two new grants for the first controlled
 studies of how patient care is affected by electronic access to medical
 records.  As the Internet continues to significantly impact how people obtain
 information, the studies' results will contribute substantially to
 understanding how electronic medical records can improve medical care and the
 doctor-patient relationship.
     The announcement of The Commonwealth Fund gift of more than $282,000 plus
 a significant grant from CaP CURE was made today at the University of Colorado
 Hospital Authority Board of Directors meeting by Dennis Brimhall, president
 and CEO.
     "These awards are perfect for us," Brimhall said.  "As we rethink how to
 put the patient first in health care delivery, the grants will help us improve
 the way we can give patients what they want -- quick access to their medical
 information, with available enabling technology.  It is an affirmation by
 prestigious national foundations that our efforts to lead medical care into
 the future are on the right track."
     With support from the Commonweatth Fund grant, Steve Ross, MD, and
 C.T. Lin, MD, will manage a study of the effect of patient access to
 electronic medical records (EMRs) on the attitudes, expectations and
 experiences of patients and physicians at a specialty clinic for heart failure
 at the University of Colorado Hospital.
     Researchers will conduct a controlled study of patients with congestive
 heart failure who are provided access to their EMRs via the Internet, and
 evaluate the effect of EMR availability on patients' understanding of their
 conditions, their ability to provide self-care and their confidence in their
 physician's care.  The physicians' views on medical record access also will be
 studied.
     The CaP CURE grant will help fund a study of about 30 prostate cancer
 support group members to determine how patient use of the Internet affects
 their medical care.  The grant will help patients communicate directly with
 their physicians at any time via the Internet.  This will aid communication
 such as transmission of lab results and shared decision-making for therapy and
 treatment.  Michael Glode, MD, will direct the study.
     "We expect to find out how to improve doctor-patient relationships and
 communication, increase medical record accuracy and provide better medical
 decisions as a result of increased patient involvement," Dr. Ross said.
     "Getting patients involved in their health care by accessing electronic
 medical records is the study's key outcome," added Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D.,
 MSC, senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund.  "This study will make
 an important contribution to the field and fits very well in our
 organization's quality improvement program for health care delivery."
     Dr. Ross is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical
 School and graduated summa cum laude in computer science from Duke University.
 Dr. Lin graduated cum laude from Harvard and from Stanford University School
 of Medicine.  Both physicians bring a unique combination of extensive
 experience in medical care and information technology to the project.
 Dr. Glode is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Washington
 University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.  He also is a former fellow in
 medical oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and
 founding editor of ASCO OnLine (www.ASCO.org), the official website of the
 American Society of Clinical Oncology.
 
     University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's only
 academic tertiary, or specialty, care and referral center and has been
 recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals, according to U.S. News & World
 Report.  Located in Denver, Colorado, the hospital is part of the University
 of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus, one of four campuses in the
 University of Colorado system.
 
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    DENVER, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The University
 of Colorado Hospital today announced two new grants for the first controlled
 studies of how patient care is affected by electronic access to medical
 records.  As the Internet continues to significantly impact how people obtain
 information, the studies' results will contribute substantially to
 understanding how electronic medical records can improve medical care and the
 doctor-patient relationship.
     The announcement of The Commonwealth Fund gift of more than $282,000 plus
 a significant grant from CaP CURE was made today at the University of Colorado
 Hospital Authority Board of Directors meeting by Dennis Brimhall, president
 and CEO.
     "These awards are perfect for us," Brimhall said.  "As we rethink how to
 put the patient first in health care delivery, the grants will help us improve
 the way we can give patients what they want -- quick access to their medical
 information, with available enabling technology.  It is an affirmation by
 prestigious national foundations that our efforts to lead medical care into
 the future are on the right track."
     With support from the Commonweatth Fund grant, Steve Ross, MD, and
 C.T. Lin, MD, will manage a study of the effect of patient access to
 electronic medical records (EMRs) on the attitudes, expectations and
 experiences of patients and physicians at a specialty clinic for heart failure
 at the University of Colorado Hospital.
     Researchers will conduct a controlled study of patients with congestive
 heart failure who are provided access to their EMRs via the Internet, and
 evaluate the effect of EMR availability on patients' understanding of their
 conditions, their ability to provide self-care and their confidence in their
 physician's care.  The physicians' views on medical record access also will be
 studied.
     The CaP CURE grant will help fund a study of about 30 prostate cancer
 support group members to determine how patient use of the Internet affects
 their medical care.  The grant will help patients communicate directly with
 their physicians at any time via the Internet.  This will aid communication
 such as transmission of lab results and shared decision-making for therapy and
 treatment.  Michael Glode, MD, will direct the study.
     "We expect to find out how to improve doctor-patient relationships and
 communication, increase medical record accuracy and provide better medical
 decisions as a result of increased patient involvement," Dr. Ross said.
     "Getting patients involved in their health care by accessing electronic
 medical records is the study's key outcome," added Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D.,
 MSC, senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund.  "This study will make
 an important contribution to the field and fits very well in our
 organization's quality improvement program for health care delivery."
     Dr. Ross is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical
 School and graduated summa cum laude in computer science from Duke University.
 Dr. Lin graduated cum laude from Harvard and from Stanford University School
 of Medicine.  Both physicians bring a unique combination of extensive
 experience in medical care and information technology to the project.
 Dr. Glode is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Washington
 University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.  He also is a former fellow in
 medical oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and
 founding editor of ASCO OnLine (www.ASCO.org), the official website of the
 American Society of Clinical Oncology.
 
     University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's only
 academic tertiary, or specialty, care and referral center and has been
 recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals, according to U.S. News & World
 Report.  Located in Denver, Colorado, the hospital is part of the University
 of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus, one of four campuses in the
 University of Colorado system.
 
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