Health Services Research Day at Emory

    Quality Day 2017

    "Emerging Concepts in Health Services Research"

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Keynote speaker: Martin Makary, MD, MPH
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    Past Event Information

    2016 Event

    Download program | View event photos

    Congratulations to our award winners!

    Top Scoring Abstract Awards:
    Joe Xie, MD; Virgnia Shaffer, MD; Liza Roger, MD

    1st Place Poster Award:
    Lesley Miller, MD

    2nd Place Poster Award:
    David J. Murphy, MD, PhD

    3rd Place Poster Award:
    Jessica Li, BS

    Click the names of talks below to download slides.

    8:30 Opening remarks by Dr. David Stephens
    8:35 Session I: Big data at Emory
    Moderators: Nathan Spell, MD and Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD
    8:35 - "Pairing Emory and external data for health services and health policy research” (Jason Hockenberry, PhD)
    9:00 - "Creation of a regional system of care to reduce time to definitive treatment in patients with heart attacks (STEMI) at Emory Hospitals and across Atlanta" (Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS) Pending permission to post slides.
    9:15 - "Peripheral arterial disease: a VA population experience" (Shipra Arya, MD) Emory login required to access.
    9:30 - "Uses of natural language processing in radiology health services research" (Falgun Chokshi, MD, MS) No slides available.
    9:45 - Highlighted abstract submission: "Home health pilot decreases readmissions in high-risk ileostomy patients" (Virginia Shaffer, MD) Emory login required to access.
    9:55 - Moderated discussion of other projects at Emory
    10:00 Poster Session and Coffee Break
    10:45  Session II: Patient-centered Population Health
    Moderators: Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH and Daniel Hunt, MD
    10:45 - “Toward better, not more, end-of-life care” (Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN) 
    11:10 - "Exploring the impact of sex discrepancies in HIV treatment and cure" (Cecile Delille Lahiri, MD, MSc) 
    11:25 - "A patient-centered population health approach to older adults with CKD" (Barrett Bowling, MD, MSPH) 
    11:40 - "The AEIOU chest pain study: Assessing Emergency Ischemia in the Observation Unit - ethnicity and gender opportunities" (Michael Ross, MD)
    11:55 - Highlighted abstract submission: "Reducing 'inappropriate' percutaneous coronary intervention procedures in a multi-hospital, academic health care system" (Joe Xie, MD)
    12:05 - Moderated discussion of other projects at Emory
    12:15  Lunch, networking tables, poster viewing
    1:00  Keynote talk: Pamela Douglas, MD
    "Improving the quality of diagnostic care: Insights from chest pain evaluation research" Pending permission to post slides.
    2:00 Poster session and coffee break
    2:45 Session III: Data-driven Health Policy
    Moderators: Fred Sanfilippo, MD and Leslee Shaw, PhD
    2:45 - "High impact research transforming health care policy" (Carlos del Rio, MD) Pending permission to post slides.
    3:10 - "Choosing wisely: Translating evidence into practice change" (David Howard, PhD) 
    3:25 - “The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and models for containing costs” (Adam Wilk, PhD)
    3:40 - "Health care disparities in heart failure" (Alanna Morris, MD) Pending permission to post slides.
    3:55 - Highlighted abstract submission: "Decreasing length of stay and cost in colorectal surgery using an enhanced recovery program" (Liza Roger, MD)
    4:05 - Moderated discussion of other projects at Emory
    4:15 Awards presentation
    Kimberly Applegate, MD and Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH
    4:30 Concluding remarks
    Leslee Shaw, PhD and Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, event co-coordinators

    2015 Event

    View 2015 event photos on our Facebook page

    Click here to download the 2015 Quality Day program.

    2015 Slide Presentations:

    Inequality in Quality: Closing the Disparity Gap (Rachel Patzer)

    From Quality to Outcomes: Achieving Optimal & Equitable Health Outcomes for All (George Rust)

    Informatics - Data Rich or Data Overload? (Sheri Chernetsky Tejedor)

    Bridging the Gap: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Fall Prevention (Corrine Abraham)

    Preventing Unneccessary Re-admissions: Measuring Care Coordination Across the Continuum (Nicole Franks)

    Overuse of Imaging: Identifying Waste and Inefficiency (Kimberly Applegate)

    Reducing Costs in the Emergency Department (Douglas Lowery-North)

    2014 Event

    Download the 2014 Quality Day program

    Slide Presentations from all of the talks at the 2014 Quality Day event are available by contacting to request a copy.

    Sponsors & Planning Committee

    This event is coordinated by the Department of Medicine within Emory's School of Medicine. Planning Committee members include Drs. Nathan Spell, Daniel Hunt, David J. MurphyKathy GriendlingRachel Patzer, Jason Hockenberry, and Mehul Raval, with administrative support from Rebekah Hills and Hannah Joy. 

    We would like to thank the Woodruff Fund, Inc. Board of Directors under the Health Services Research Initiative within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center for its generosity in sponsoring this event for the past two years.