Abernethy Celebrated Among Other Top HIT Innovators

Winners announced at NCHICA 9th Annual Academic Medical Center Conference,

May 7, 2013

Amy P. Abernethy, MD, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Division of Oncology, and Director of the Center for Learning Healthcare in the Duke Clinical Research Institute, was honored along with eight other finalists at the NCHICA Health IT Innovation Awards, held during the NCHICA 9th Annual Academic Medical Center Conference on May 7, 2013.

Dr. Abernethy was nominated for her development of the Assessment, Survey, and Questionnaire (ASQ), a data collection system that accepts information from a customized survey or case report form entered using a mobile device (iPad, iPhone, or Android), laptop, or desktop prior to the patient being seen in the clinic. A bi-directional data feed with external systems, such as the EHR, reduces double data entry to improve efficiencies. The system pulls forward the last entered data, allowing patients, caregivers, or clinicians to see the data last entered; they then scan through customized questions to confirm no change or record a change. The data is fed into a database using a sequel server, with algorithms used to analyze the responses, reporting changes that exceed the threshold to the clinician even as the patient is waiting in the waiting room prior to a visit or treatment. This alert system allows clinicians to quickly respond to patient needs and modify care or treatment.

To celebrate Dr. Abernethy’s accomplishment, DCHI sponsored a table and invited several DTMI and DHTS colleagues.

Winners were chosen from four categories and included Son Information Systems (consumer engagement), M*Modal (informatics and analytics), RENCI (research applications), and the Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange and the North Carolina AHEC Program Regional Extension Center (tie, clinical applications).

In a press release issued May 9, NCHICA Executive Director Holt Anderson stated: “We applaud the exemplary work these organizations are doing to improve health and healthcare. It is through these types of innovations that we will transform the U.S. healthcare system with improved clinical outcomes.”

Amy P. Abernethy, MD, (left) with Dr. Bill Mattern, Chair,
NCHICA Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of CMD.
 NCHICA HIT Awards 2013
Dr. Abernethy, second from left, poses with (from left)
Howard Shang, Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD,
Shelley Rusincovitch,
Vivian West, PhD, Aenoch Lynn, and Martha Adams, MD.