Using Electronic Health Records to Improve Quality and Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Care

Award Amount: $266,363
Approval Date: July 11, 2006
Start Date: July 1, 2006
End Date: June 30, 2008
Institute for Urban Family Health
16 East 16th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10003
Principal Investigator: Neil Calman, M.D.

Many studies have documented racial and ethnic disparities in the incidence of preventable complications of diabetes, such as loss of limb, blindness, and kidney disease. Such disparities can occur even in the care delivered by safety net providers at the forefront of treating underserved populations. Using clinical data obtained from electronic health records, one such safety net provider, the Institute for Urban Family Health, will identify factors that contribute to high-quality care and improved health outcomes for diabetes patients. The project will be conducted in New York City at the Institute's health centers in Manhattan and the Bronx. Findings from the study will be used to develop a set of "best practices" to be implemented by the Institute and disseminated to other providers to improve overall diabetes care and reduce disparities based on race or ethnicity. The Institute will provide in-kind support for the project.