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National Web-Based Teleconference
Using Health IT Chronic Disease Management

This free 90-minute teleconference will explore the use of health IT applications to improve management of the care for the elderly and those in chronic pain or otherwise chronically ill.

This registration page is for MD's and DO's. Nurses, PA's, and other Health Care Professionals please click here to register so you receive the correct CME certificate.
Date: June 21, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., E.S.T.
Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Resource Center for Health IT

  • James Fricton, DDS, MS, is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also a Senior Research Associate at Health Partners Research Foundation, and a Fellow at the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Fricton has over thirty years of experience in patient care, research, and teaching in chronic pain and the use of the impact of health information technology and clinical decision support on improving safety, quality, and cost effectiveness of health care and consumer health.  His sponsored research has focused on epidemiological studies and clinical trials of therapeutic strategies for chronic pain conditions. He has developed a biobehavioral framework for personalized care of chronic pain conditions and has integrated this pain research with studies of health information technology focusing on the use of electronic health records, personal health records, and clinical decision support to improve the outcomes and quality of health care. He maintains an active private practice for patients with chronic pain in Plymouth and St. Paul. He received his BS and post-graduate training in Computer Science and DDS degree from the University of Iowa. He received an MS in Oral Biology at UCLA and completed an Anesthesiology and Pain Management Residency at UCLA Medical Center.  He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1980.
  • Helene Kopal, MPA/MPH, is divisional director at Primary Care Development Corporation where she oversees division projects, focused on the introduction and sustainment of clinical, technology, and process improvements in the community health care setting. She is currently the Principal Investigator on an AHRQ-funded study evaluating the role of enhanced electronic medical records on clinical practice in the management of hypertension in a community health care center.  , Ms. Kopal Ms. Kopal has over fifteen years of experience working on disease management programs, having developed and managed chronic disease management programs, at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Oxford Health Plans – with responsibility for the design and building of registries, the development of data collection and analysis and quality improvement procedures, as well as process and outcomes assessments in multiple areas chronic and infectious disease, medication management,  High-Risk Maternity, and others.  Ms. Kopal received her Bachelor’s degree in European History from Connecticut College, New London, CT, and a dual Masters (MPA/MPH) from Columbia University, New York, New York.
  • Randall Cebul, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and Director of the CWRU-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy. A general internist, Dr. Cebul's research focuses on clinical research methods, quality of care measurement, and clinical decision support for chronic conditions and primary care. He has served as President of the International Society for Medical Decision Making, on numerous federal and national foundation advisory committees, as inaugural chair of the Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP), and as a governor's appointee to the Ohio Medicaid Reform Review Committee.  Recent research includes a large AHRQ-funded trial of electronic medical records-facilitated decision support in diabetes. Dr. Cebul also is Director for Greater Cleveland’s “Aligning Forces for Quality” initiative, known as Better Health Greater Cleveland, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve outcomes of care among patients with chronic medical conditions throughout northeast Ohio. Importantly, Better Health Greater Cleveland’s infrastructure and documented improvement has built upon the foundation laid in the AHRQ-supported trial  Before moving to Cleveland and CWRU, Dr. Cebul received his M.D. at Yale, trained in internal medicine and as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cebul joined the CWRU faculty in 1987 as Division Chief in General Medicine.

Dr. Fricton will present findings from a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of clinical decision support (CDS) that integrates electronic dental, medical, and personal health records (EDR, EMR, and PHRs). The three-arm, 2-year, prospective, group-randomized clinical trial was implemented in 160 health care providers in 17 clinics with more than 7,500 patients  to demonstrate the efficacy of implementing two different clinical decision support strategies that provided personalized recommendations to the health care provider and compared them to usual care without CDS.  He will also discuss future areas of need for tools to engage consumers and providers using health information technology that are in development.  Ms. Kopal will then present Evaluation of a CDS and EMR-Linked Registry to Improve Management of Hypertension in a Community Health Center which is an evaluation of whether EMR-embedded clinical decision support as part of a multi-faceted quality improvement initiative contributes to improved hypertension control in a community health center. The study also includes an analysis of facilitators and barriers to provider acceptance of clinical decision support, and an analysis of relevant implementation factors.  Lastly, Dr. Cebul will present results from a learning collaborative for quality improvement.  The collaborative included seven hospital systems with 500 primary care physicians caring for 70% of chronically ill patients in a large Ohio county and reporting care and outcomes with chronic diseases.  The data was shared across the region on multiple sites web portal-based patient empowerment using (EMR-PE), both approaches (EMR-Both), or EMR alone to demonstration regional changes.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the burden chronic illnesses places on the health care system.
  2. Discuss how health IT can minimize the burden on the system and improve outcomes for patients with chronic disease.
  3. Physicians will be able to describe how health information technology can be used to improve health care quality for those in chronic pain.
  4. Physicians will be able to identify health information technology strategies to implement in their practice to improve health care decision making, support patients-centered care, and improve the quality and safety of medication management.

The Wisconsin Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wisconsin Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Webinar Information
Date Presented:
June 21, 2011 11:30 AM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Registration Fee:
Using Health IT Chronic Disease Management (D)
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Wisconsin Medical Society
: 1.50
is awarded 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The Wisconsin Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.