HSR Research

At HSR, we identify solutions to increase access to high quality healthcare, perform clinical trails and research implementation issues to validate those solutions, and work with partners to put those solutions into practice.

The Opioid Epidemic

We are working to identify new means to address the opioid epidemic.

The GeoHealth Dashboard

Our work in medical transportation has led to our building a strong capability in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GeoHealth Dashboard is a GIS platform with a data analytic engine that we have built to merge demographic data & trends, healthcare data, as well as social factors impacting healthcare outcomes to solve population health challenges. We can use this capability to assist hospital systems and County and State health departments allocate medical resources across their service lines, to measure and track population health issues and decease management, as well as to provide improved clinician point-of-care decision support.

Readmissions Reduction

Through our GeoHealth Dashboard, we have developed a dynamic routing solutions that helps hospital systems optimize mobile van solutions designed to engage their communities and reduce hospital readmissions.

Data Analytics in Healthcare

We believe data analytics holds tremendous potential for the practice of medicine. Applications as wide and disparate as facilitating Aging-in-Place solutions, advancing the state-of-the-art in home care solutions, as well as improving the monitoring of narcotic prescriptions can benefit from predictive analytics.

Data analytics involves providing existing or new clinician decision support tools with information gathered from the analysis of large sets of health and potentially non-health related data. Data sets can include individual and population-wide health records, potentially social media data, the

We are currently designing a research study to validate whether physicians will be in a better position to monitor opioid drug use by patients if the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) can be augmented with analysis derived from multiple health-related data sets.

Rural Healthcare

HSR has researched rural healthcare issues, specifically surrounding access to care and the impact of (the lack of adequate) medical transportation on overall population health in rural America.

Our research has led to the creation of a geospatial data analytic platform, called the GeoHealth Dashboard, through which we have identified the specific regions where residents have insufficient access to specific service lines (e.g., cancer treatment, behavioral health, post-operative rehabilitation care). This research has led to the creation of strategies for locating healthcare facilities that maximize access to care from the patient’s perspective.

In addition, our work has brought to light those service lines where health system overall capacity to treat does not meet anticipated healthcare needs. This allows us to work with local providers and health officials to collectively develop strategies addressing this gap in care.

Additional Research

We have researched the following issues for their potential to improve population health:

Medical Transportation

The lack of affordable and convenient transportation is one of the factors leading to hospital readmissions across the country. We have developed and are testing a solution to address this nationwide problem. Our research shows that an effective non-emergency medical transportation solution will cost hospitals less than what they will save in reduced readmissions. And reducing readmissions decreases overall healthcare spend – and improves overall population health.

Personal Health Records Systems

The use of personal health records (PHR) systems has been forwarded as a means to increase patient involvement in their own care or the care of someone in their charge. PHR systems are online portals and/or mobile apps that connect to the electronic health records (EHR) systems of a provider. There are two key issues for PHR system – security & adoption.

Systems that provide access to medical records must be secure and must also provide a compelling reason for utilization.

We conducted a research study to identify the optimal design characteristics that lead to a secure PHR as well as identify practical use cases from the perspective of patients, providers, and the overall medical community. Our research focused on meeting the needs of the general population as well as the aging community.

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