CU School of Medicine faculty members have been awarded a $1 million grant by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to improve understanding household and family connections between patients. Principal investigators on the grant are Toan Ong,
PhD, associate professor of biomedical informatics, and Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine.
Electronic health records often include information that, if linked with information about household or family members, could provide rich and detailed environmental and family history to support scientific discovery and patient-centered outcomes research.
Electronic health records currently do not make such connections. Among the reasons: time constraints for those entering information into the record, systems that are not designed tup support accurate and efficient documentation, and patients without awareness of medica information of their relatives.