A Health IT System for Use as Adjunct to Clinical Care and as a Population Health Tool

Evidence from Two Clinical Trials

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This Nexus Series Round Table presented 10 years of development and testing of the patient facing Health IT system called Gabby.  The presentation was followed by a panel discussion among medical, computer science and health communication leaders from across the University to discuss how BU Schools and Departments can collaborate to provide leadership nationally and internationally in this emerging field.


This round table:

  • Described the rationale, development of the “Gabby” HIT system for women’s health
  • Reviewed health behavior change techniques for health risk identification, mitigation and resolution programmed into the Gabby system
  • Presented evidence of efficacy and effectiveness of Gabby from two randomized clinical trials
  • Discussed how patient facing HIT systems like Gabby are in great demand as part of the health care system of the future, and how BU Schools and Departments can collaborate to provide leadership nationally and internationally in this area


Photo of Dr. Brian JackBrian Jack, MD, is Director of the IHSIP’s Center for Health System Design & Implementation (CHSDI) and Professor and former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University (BU) School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency training at the Brown University and a fellowship at the University of Washington.

Dr. Jack received the 2008 CDC “Partner in Public Health Improvement” award for his work as leader of the CDC’s Select Panel on the Content of Preconception Care. Based on this work he designed “Gabby” to assist in the provision of this care (AHRQ, Kellogg) and completed two RCTs demonstrating its impact (MCHB, NIMHD). Gabby is now being adapting to men (Kellogg), disseminated to Healthy Start sites (AHRQ) and to low income countries in Africa (Fogarty Center).

Dr. Jack received the 2013, Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation, and was selected to HealthLeaders magazines annual “People Who Make Healthcare Better” list, and is one of Boston’s “Best Doctors” in each of 2010-2017. His Annals of Internal Medicine article is listed in the book “50 Studies Every Physician Should Know”. In 2013 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.


Event Panelists

Date: Wednesday, September 18


  • Meet-and-greet with light lunch: 11:30AM-12PM
  • Presentation: 12PM-12:45PM
  • Moderated discussion: 12:45PM – 1:30PM

Location: Fenway Campus
Larsen Alumni Room -Floor 3, Room 355
180E Riverway
Boston, MA 02215

Audience: BU Faculty, BU Staff, BU & BUMC Researchers, Community-based organizations, Corporate partners

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