A Health IT System for Use as Adjunct to Clinical Care and as a Population Health Tool
Evidence from Two Clinical Trials
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
Brian 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.
Azer Bestavros, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Azer Bestavros is the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and holds affiliated appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Systems Engineering. A distinguished educator and scholar, Professor Bestavros pursues research in networking, distributed computing, cybersecurity, and high-assurance systems. His seminal contributions include pioneering studies of web push caching through content distribution networks, self-similar Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software.
Suzanne Mitchell, MD (Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/ Boston Medical Center and board certified in family and palliative medicine. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Masters of Science in Clinical Research from UCLA. Dr. Mitchell completed family medicine residency training at the White Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program in Los Angeles CA where she continued her work and research in cross cultural communication and cultural competency until 2006 when she relocated to Boston, MA. Dr. Mitchell’s expertise and interests include: cultural competency; health disparities; shared decision making; motivational interviewing; PCMH team development; transition of care; palliative care.
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
Boston, MA 02215
Audience: BU Faculty, BU Staff, BU & BUMC Researchers, Community-based organizations, Corporate partners