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Title Cleveland BERD Has Regional and National Impact
Year 2010
Contributor/Contact Gerald Beck
CTSA Case Western
Success Topic Access to large databases, Collaboration
Description of Success Cleveland's Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) supports researchers across Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, as well as its research and clinical partners at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth? Medical Center. The CTSC's Biostatistics Epidemiology Research Design (BERD) Core has enabled a wide array of cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research that is even now having an impact on public health in Northeast Ohio and the nation.

As a result of a CTSC pilot grant, Dr. Siran Koroukian, an epidemiologist, was able to develop a new Population Health and Outcomes Research Core to integrate and mobilize existing resources across the city. These include a vast archive of population health databases describing national, state and local populations, as well as the expertise and computing capacity needed to turn these data into effective outcomes and disparities research. Koroukian and her team have worked with the Cleveland community of researchers to create an infrastructure that is responsive, agile and powerful, and this has begun to pay dividends in the form of four new CTSC pilots built from these resources. These new projects will help the region push forward in important areas of national interest, particularly in cost-effectiveness and comparative effectiveness.

Cleveland's BERD Core also works in cooperation with other Cleveland CTSC cores to aid in developing and executing projects that directly transform care and outcomes in the region and nationally. For example, BERD faculty members are part of an NIH-funded initiative on Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR). This exciting project is tackling childhood obesity through child and family behavioral interventions in four locations nationwide. Cleveland's COPTR project brings together epidemiologists, biostatisticians and other CTSC researchers from Case's Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and its Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods; several clinical partners; the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and the YMCA.

The BERD faculty also plays a major role in the Better Health Greater Cleveland alliance. Better Health unites care providers, patients, employers and payers across Northeast Ohio to measure and improve care and outcomes in adult chronic illness. Catalyzed by data from electronic health records, the alliance synchronizes multiple initiatives, including performance measurement and public reporting, quality improvement and provider education, consumer engagement and community understanding, and payment reform, in support of comprehensive and coordinated care. Better Health's Data Management Center (led by BERD Co-Director Dr. Thomas Love) and its Information Management Committee (with BERD and Biomedical Research Informatics Management Core faculty leadership) designs policies and procedures for gathering, aggregating, analyzing and presenting achievement on nationally endorsed indicators of high quality care. Better Health has documented substantial improvements in the care of diabetes (since 2007) and in heart failure and hypertension (since 2009) in its reports to health professionals and the public.

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Topic revision: r3 - 23 Aug 2011 - 10:20:06 - MaryBanach

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