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Clinical Integration Trust

Presented by Mark Cohen, MD, Ph.D.

DATE: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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LOCATION: HSI Event Room (207)

Health Systems Seminar Series
Clinical Integration Trust: Design of a Multiuse Data Repository to Facilitate the Improvement of Patient Care
Mark Cohen, MD, Ph.D.
Chief of Quality, Informatics & Information Technology
Piedmont Heart Institute
 Mark Cohen, MD, Ph.D
Wednesday April 6th 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Suite 207, 2nd Floor
Health Systems Institute
828 W. Peachtree Street, N.W. Atlanta GA 30332-0477
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Lunch will be served at Noon



With over a hundred physicians, the Piedmont Heart Institute is the largest cardiology practice in the southeast. It operates from Piedmont’s four hospitals and greater than thirty outpatient cardiovascular offices and is a key component of the Piedmont Clinic, an organization of over four hundred and fifty physicians.  Managing and improving the quality of cardiovascular care is at the core of its mission. Doing this depends on collecting, aggregating, mining and visualizing information from many different sources: hospital, office, testing equipment, pharmacy, even the patient. With rare exceptions, healthcare systems do not have the integrated system or the analytical tools to absorb and assemble the data in a way that allows us to understand the data and then use it to improve patient care. In the absence of a single integrated system, a specialized secondary use system is necessary. The Clinical Integration Trust (CIT) is a robust general-purpose data system that is in use and is driving projects to improve the health and care of Clinic patients. This presentation will discuss the specific design and program elements of the Piedmont CIT and those needed to create the subsystem for the Piedmont Heart Institute. It is anticipated that projects, whether driven by a specific need or those that are exploratory in nature, will directly benefit individual patients and doctors. Scholarly research will also be facilitated.

Speaker’s Bio
Dr. Cohen holds a Ph.D. in biomathematical sciences. He received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at Parkland Hospital, and cardiology training at Washington University, Barnes Hospital. Dr. Cohen completed his fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Washington University Medical Center.
Dr. Cohen is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. His professional memberships include: Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has a particular interest in patient safety and quality.

Dr. Cohen has published numerous articles and participates in clinical research. He is currently an interventional cardiac electrophysiologist with The Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians.

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