Information Technologies in Health Care

Availability and Use of Health Information Technology in Nursing Homes
Howard Degenholtz is participating in this national study to examine the use of electronic medical records, electronic prescribing, and other technologies in the nursing home setting.

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Programs for Western PA
With funding from the U.S. Air Force, Gary Fischer is a co-investigator on a project to develop and evaluate a patient-portal aimed at improving diabetes management.

Harnessing Health IT to Prevent Medication-Induced Birth Defects
Gary Fischer is co-investigator on this project funded by AHRQ which will investigate using electronic alerts to decrease the rate of prescribing of potentially teratogenic medications to women who may become pregnant.

Software for Adult Day Care Outcomes
With funding from the Allegheny County Department of Aging, Howard Degenholtz seeks to develop a web-based outcomes data collection and reporting system to track client health and functional status semi-annually and provide real-time reports for participating agencies.

Technology: Research in Critical and Chronic Illness
Judith Erlen is the principal investigator and director of this interdisciplinary pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training program funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) designed to develop nurse scientists whose program of research will have a technology focus. This training program's goals are to provide 1) the theoretical and conceptual base to support a program of research that examines ways in which technology-supported interventions might enable the resolution of patient health problems and improve bio-behavioral outcomes; 2) the methodological skills to support the development of a research career; and 3) an environment that promotes, supports, and sustains interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry within this focal area.