Health Informatics studies

The use of health informatics in research continues to grow. Health informatics includes the development and use of electronic health records, public health informatics (for example, for disease surveillance), and translational and clinical research-enabling technologies. Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, our electronic health record, provides excellent opportunities for researchers to contribute to improving patient care. Our researchers use natural language processing to gather data that can’t otherwise be captured from medical records, which has helped identify patients with lung nodules. SCENT Study: Identifying primary and recurrent cancer diagnosis with SAS computer program

Developing a Risk Prediction Model and Evaluating the Economic Burden of Ankylosing Spondylitis in an Integrated Healthcare System

The primary aim is to develop an ankylosing spondylitis risk prediction model using data from Kaiser’s electronic medical records (EMR). We will also evaluate medical expenditure, health related quality of life and work productivity losses associated with ankylosing spondylitis.

Principal Investigator:

Aniket A. Kawatkar, PhD, MS

Funding Source:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Funding Years:

2020 - 2022

Mental Health Research Network II

We have established a Mental Health Research Network including 13 established public-domain research centers based in integrated not-for-profit health systems. These systems provide care to a diverse population of 10 million people in 11 states, and they share rich and compatible data resources to support a range of effectiveness research. Diversity of member demographics, insurance coverage, and organization of health services make this network an ideal environment for studying variation in care, comparing effectiveness and cost of treatments across practice environments, and studying dissemination and health policies. Participating research centers are experienced in a wide range of clinical areas and research methods. The long-term objectives are to expand the Mental Health Research Network to include additional health systems and external investigators, to conduct multi-site observational and experimental studies of comparative effectiveness, to develop and evaluate methods for dissemination and implementation, and to become a national resource of research methods and effectiveness evidence for researchers, patients, providers and healthcare leaders.

Site Principal Investigator:

Karen J. Coleman, PhD, MS

Funding Source:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Funding Years:

2014 - 2019