GVU Brown Bag - Virtual Medical Homes

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    • Thursday September 17, 2009
      12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Technology Square Research Building 132
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Renata Le Dantec
College of Computing
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Summary Sentence: Dr. Leslie Lenert of the CDC discusses cloud computing in healthcare

Full Summary: Dr. Leslie Lenert, special advisor to the deputy director of CDC, will discuss past and current successes with the creation of regional systems for care from collections of data sources. He'll also discuss opportunities for the future.

Abstract: "We don't have a health care system in the United States, what we have a health care business sector." Former Secretary of Health, Mike Leavitt.

As the United States struggles to find approaches to guarantee access to health care for all its citizens, and is confronted by the costs of this goal, its leaders must also face the reality of the "non-system" of health care delivery. U.S. health care is expensive, and lacks continuity of care, and as a result, the quality of care for any individual is often poor, with only less than half of patients with health insurance getting recommended services.

The path forward, as described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), focuses on adoption of information technology, particularly within primary care practices, with promises of approximately $40B in government support for purchase and installation of electronic health records systems and approximately $2B in support for infrastructure for these systems. The success or failure of this investment hinges upon the degree to which national and state governments are able to capitalize on this investment to re-engineer health care process.

This talk will examine one of the more critical theories about how to re-engineer health care processes - the concept of the "medical home" and how to re-engineer processes using cloud computing approaches to achieve its goals. A medical home is a model for primary care practice that provides continuity of care for individuals in a patient-centered environment. While re-engineering of the entire health sector is unlikely, it is possible to create, on a region by region basis, system-like features that provides the equivalent of a medical home.

The talk will discuss past and current successes with the creation of regional systems for care from collections of data sources in the health sector and describe future opportunities, pitfalls and strategies for creation of new, value-oriented systems that provide high quality, patient-centric care.


Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, FACMI is graduate of the University of California, Riverside and the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and has completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine and fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology and in Medical Informatics at Stanford University School of Medicine.

In August of 2009, Dr. Lenert became a Special Advisor to the Deputy Director of CDC. Dr. Lenert has published over 120 original articles and book chapters, is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and was a elected of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has serves on advisory boards for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Common Ground), Markel Foundation (Connecting for Health), Archimedes (Scientific Advisory Board), and on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

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