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Use of Handheld Devices for Point of Care Decision Support (Session II)

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This conference took place on September 22, 2009, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The conference explored how interactive media can be an effective, clinically significant resource for transforming science into practice through improved communication and decisionmaking.

This second session addresses the use of heandhled devices for point of care decision support.

Presentations

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Mark H. Ebell, M.D., M.S., Presenter

Jerome A. Osheroff, M.D., Respondent

Brian Mittman, Ph.D., Respondent

Biosketches

Mark H. Ebell, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia in Athens and is a clinician in the Medical Partnership of the Medical College of Georgia and The University of Georgia. Dr. Ebell is the Editor-in-Chief of Essential Evidence, the Deputy Editor of American Family Physician, and a coeditor of the textbook Essentials of Family Medicine. He is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and is the author or editor of seven books. His research is focused on evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, medical informatics, and clinical decisionmaking.

Disclosures: nonpublic support of research – Pfizer Incorporated; consultancy – editor for John Wiley and Sons.

Brian S. Mittman, Ph.D., is Director of the (VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support (CIPRS) and Senior Social Scientist at the VA/UCLA/RAND Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, which are part of the Veterans Affiars Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Previously, he served as the interim associate director of the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service and lead the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). He also served as a visiting professor in the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health and taught at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Dr. Mittman is a cofounder and a coeditor-in-chief of the journal Implementation Science and is a consultant and member of the editorial board for the Health Care Innovations Exchange, a new initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to classify innovative strategies to increase implementation of evidence-based clinical practices and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of health-care delivery. He is a founding member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and served and a member and chair of a National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Dr. Mittman’s research interests include implementation science, health-care quality improvement, and health-care management. His research is published in peer-reviewed and other journals, and he is a frequent speaker to national and international audiences on implementation research.

Disclosures: board membership – AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange editorial board.

Jerome A. Osheroff, M.D., FACP, FACMI, is Chief Clinical Informatics Officer for Thomson Reuters. He also is an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a member of the medical staff for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. At Thomas Reuter, Dr. Osterhoff helps ensure that the company’s decision-support solutions are optimally responsive to pressing health-care performance-improvement needs. For more than 25 years, Dr. Osheroff has fostered understanding of health care-delivery information needs and has worked to ensure that information technology is harnessed to fully address these needs. These efforts include guiding the development of commercially successful clinical decision-support products, helping health-care organizations and clinicians use decision-support tools to improve care processes and outcomes, leading investigations of clinical information management, and helping guide national policy on clinical decision support. Dr. Osheroff is the lead author and editor of an award-winning and best-selling series of clinical decision-support guidebooks and the lead author of the report A Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support.

Disclosures: ownership interest – Thomson Reuters.