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Health Information Technology

Health information technology can improve the delivery and quality of care for older adults in every care setting and can help older adults (and their caregivers) better manage their own care. However, technology is only one of many important elements in health service delivery and it is critical that health information technology systems are carefully designed and evaluated.

Research Focus

Johns Hopkins researchers are designing computer-assisted education tools that can help teach older adults with chronic conditions how to self-manage their care more effectively. Our team is assessing the ability of technology to improve the care transitions associated with hospital discharges. These projects will provide important insight into the usability of various technology platforms by older adults, their caregivers, and their medical care providers.

In addition, we are using large national datasets to clarify patterns of health-related Internet use among older adults in order to optimize the usability of a personal health record and to promote the use of a patient portal within an electronic health record by older adults with chronic conditions.

Current Research Studies

  • Use of personal health records and a patient portal in primary care geriatrics to support engagement of patients and caregivers
  • Use of home-based health information technology (including cell phone, iPod, tablet PC, PDA) for chronic disease self-management with a focus on diabetes
  • Use of technology during a medical office visit to improve visit satisfaction

Faculty Investigators

Photo of Dr. Jeremy Samuel Barron, M.D.

Barron, Jeremy Samuel, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Ambulatory Care Services
Medical Director of the Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Aspiration Pneumonia, Cardiovascular Disease, Cataracts, Clinical Care of Older Adults, Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, Constipation, Dementia, Dizziness, Eldercare, Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Consultation and Preventative Health, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Hearing Loss, Hypertension, Medical Education and Program Administration, Osteoporosis, Perioperative Care of Older Adults, Polypharmacy, Primary Care of Older Adults, Sleep Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Urgent Care of Older Adults, Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence - Behavioral Treatment
Research Interests: Health benefits of productive aging, Occupational Geriatrics
 
Photo of Dr. Bruce Allen Leff, M.D.

Leff, Bruce Allen, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Center on Aging and Health-East
Director, Program in Geriatric Health Services Research
Co-Director, Elder House Call Program
Co-director, Medicine Clerkship
Medical Director, Business Development and Strategic Alliances
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Geriatric Medicine, Polypharmacy, Primary Care of Older Adults
Research Interests: Home care and medical house calls, Multimorbidity, Development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel models of care for older adults, notably Hospital at Home, Guided care and geriatric "portfolio" models, Case-mix issues, Medical education
 
Photo of Dr. Sevil Yasar, M.D., Ph.D.

Yasar, Sevil, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Dementia, Geriatric Medicine, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Research Interests: Dementia, Cognitive decline, Hydrocephalus, Pharmacoepidemiology
 

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