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Using the Electronic Health Record as a Platform for Research and Clinical Care

May 6, 2016

Co-hosted by the Northeast Node of the Clinical Trials Network

Constance M. Weisner, DrPH, MSW
Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

About the Presentation: The presentation will address the role of the electronic health record (EHR) in conducting research in “learning healthcare systems”, and how research can be combined with clinical care. It describes the different types of studies that can be conducted through the EHR platform and the potential for Health-IT interventions and research more generally. Case studies of research on adults and adolescents in primary care and in specialty substance use treatment are presented, as well as descriptions of other types of studies, including comparative effectiveness research and registries.

About the Presenter: Constance Weisner, DrPH, MSW, is the Chief of Behavioral Health, Aging, and Infectious Diseases at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente and a Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. She has a doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She directs a research program addressing access, outcome, and cost effectiveness of substance use and mental health treatment. She is a member of the International Expert Advisory Group on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of the World Health Organization and the NIAAA National Advisory Council. She has also been a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She has participated on several Institute of Medicine committees, most recently Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions, and Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces. Her on-going work focuses on integrating alcohol, drug, and mental health services with health care.