September Brings 10 New Grants and Contracts for DMICE

The month of September was highly productive for the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), with 7 new grants funded within the department and 3 more larger OHSU grants funded that include DMICE collaborators.

Two faculty received career development grants from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that funds research and training in biomedical informatics.

Michelle Hribar, Ph.D., assistant professor, was awarded an R00 grant, Modeling and Optimization of Clinical Processes Using EHR Data. This research grant provides 3 years of funding with total costs of $672,297.

Nicole Weiskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, has been awarded a K01 grant, Measuring and Improving Data Quality for Clinical Quality Measure Reliability. The career development grant provides 3 years of funding with total costs of $462,128.

Another grant was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to DMICE faculty Jeff Gold, M.D., professor; Vishnu Mohan, M.D., M.B.I., associate professor; and Joan Ash, Ph.D,. professor and vice chair. Entitled, Creation and Validation of a Training Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Proficient Use of EHR by Medical Scribes, the grant is for 5 years with total costs of $2 million.

In addition, Annette Totten, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Eilis Boudreau, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, have been awarded a contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs on sleep study data analytics. Their project will evaluate the Office of Rural Health Pathway to Partnership Sleep-Telemedicine Project to determine whether e-consultation, telehealth, and virtual care models result in equivalent care outcomes when compared to traditional face-to-face care. They will also look at Veterans’ satisfaction with care and cost-effectiveness. The amount of funding for the base year of the contract is $156,210. The VA can choose to exercise two option periods, which would bring the total amount of funding to $424,120.

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (PNWEPC) within DMICE also received new funding. Roger Chou, M.D., professor and EPC director, will be on a grant from the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, Clinical Coordinating Center for Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management for Preventing Acute to Chronic Back Pain. The grant is based at the University of Minnesota, with Dr. Gert Bronfort as principal investigator, and Dr. Chou a co-investigator at OHSU.  In addition, the PNWEPC will be providing guideline support development to the American Urological Association on the topic of recurrent urinary tract infections, with Dr. Chou as the principal investigator.

The department was also awarded an administrative supplement for its NLM biomedical informatics and data science training grant, now in its 26th year. A total of $100,000 has been provided for one year to advance faculty and curriculum development in data science. This adds to the five-year, $4.4 million award that was funded earlier this summer to fund predoctoral and postdoctoral positions from the NLM and the National Institute for Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS). The latter positions will facilitate collaboration between the department and the new OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

A number of DMICE faculty are also part of 3 larger grants awarded to OHSU.

Melissa Haendel, Ph.D,. associate professor, has been awarded a large, multi-institution grant under the CTSA Data to Health (CD2H) initiative of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). Entitled, A National Center for Digital Health Informatics Innovation, the grant involves 9 institutions and includes 5 other DMICE faculty: Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair; Ted Laderas, Ph.D,, assistant professor; David Dorr, M.D., M.S., professor; Nicole Weiskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor; Robert Schuff, M.S., instructor; and William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair.

Annette Totten, Ph.D., assistant professor, is principal investigator of a contract awarded to the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Entitled A Cluster-Randomized Trial Comparing Team-Based versus Primary Care Clinician-Focused Advance Care Planning in Practice-Based Research Networks, the award will provide 4 years of funding with total costs of $8 million. This award has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.

Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair, is Senior Associate Director, Education & Career Development; Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., professor and vice chair, is Associate Director, Translational Bioinformatics; and Rob Schuff, M.S., instructor, is Associate Director, Clinical Research Informatics for OHSU’s Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), which had its 5-year, $37 million grant renewed as part of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.