Current Research Projects

Current large scale projects focus on utilizing patient-level claims data to study outcomes for emergency care sensitive conditions including trauma, sepsis, and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We are developing novel attribution methods that can be used to develop population based quality measures and incentive structures.  We also study interventions that can leverage expertise within a region to improve the coordination of healthcare delivery.

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Geography of Acute Care

Funding: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

This project, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, aims to empirically derive novel healthcare coalitions and their corresponding catchment areas to describe and incentivize the achievement of population health.

Population Based Approach to Improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

This NIH R01 project, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, uses state-of-the-art spatial methods to define the geographic boundaries of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) service areas and then to benchmark system performance across communities for the entire US. Our methods define communities based on where patients with OHCA live and receive their care. Our long term goal is to empower communities to hold the public health and health systems that serve them accountable for the health of the population.


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Measuring Injury Outcomes for Under-Triaged Trauma Patients in PA

Funding: Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation

This project seeks to describe utilization of non-trauma center care among injured adults and to develop a method for benchmarking survival outcomes for hospitals across the state.