Northwestern University

Tue 12:00 PM

BIDS Seminar: Theresa Walunas, PhD - Faculty Research (Using an Integrated Medical Records Dataset to Explore Health Outcomes in Patients with Autoimmune Disease)

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When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Arthur Rubloff Building, Lakeview Conference Room (11th Floor), 750 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Lindsay Varasteh   312.503.1997

Group: Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Medical record data is a rich source of information that can be used to better understand health outcomes for patients with complex conditions, such as autoimmune disease.  However, people with complex diseases often seek care in multiple institutions, making it difficult to get a complete picture of their care and health outcomes from single health system data repositories. Integrated medical records from multiple healthcare institutions represent an opportunity to develop a more complete picture of complex patients and their care. We examined the impact of receiving care in multiple locations on health outcomes for people with systemic lupus erythematosus using a novel local integrated medical record dataset, the Chicago HealthLNK data repository.  Using this dataset, we were able to demonstrate that care fragmentation is associated with increased risk of severe comorbidities and develop a model for examining the role of care fragmentation in other complex multi-system disease. 

About Biomedical Informatics Data Science (BIDS): These talks include visiting lecturers, presentations on research by BIDS faculty and trainees, as well as presentations about informatics tools and resources to support research.

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