A $6.3 million National Institutes of Health grant, awarded to a coalition of universities including the University of Florida, will make it easier to use information that patients provide about their physical, mental and social health to improve health care quality and research.
The grant will integrate patient-reported outcome surveys into electronic health records, or EHRs. These surveys are one of the best ways to improve the quality of health care and health research, studies have shown. By comparing an individual’s medical information and his or her survey responses, health care providers and researchers can see how clinical care affects the health of patients.
“This grant will help to improve the quality of health care that patients receive because it will integrate their perceptions of their care and their health status into their electronic health records,” said François Modave, Ph.D., an associate professor of health outcomes and policy at UF, a faculty member of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Biomedical Informatics Program and the site principal investigator for
The grant was awarded by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to a coalition of nine universities, led by Northwestern University, through the national Clinical and Translational Science Awards program. Projects such as this one are central to the mission of the UF CTSI, which speeds translation of scientific discoveries into improved health.