The Nation’s Leading Society for Health Services and Policy Research Gathers in Seattle

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Dr. Eric B. Larson speaking at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting
Dr. Eric B. Larson welcomes health services researchers to AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting.

Who stands to benefit most from medical advances? What are the best opportunities for researching racial/ethnic disparities in care? How can health systems stop doing low-value care?

These are just a few of the topics addressed at the 35th annual AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting June 24-26 in Seattle.

Known as the nation’s top meeting for convening health services and policy researchers, ARM facilitates transfer of knowledge about the way the nation’s health system works, what it costs and how to improve it.

More than 2,500 people attended the event, which included over 150 sessions led by 600 presenters — many from Kaiser Permanente research institutes.

This year’s meeting was chaired by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, vice president for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington and executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

“ARM provides an unmatched opportunity for scientists, policymakers, health system leaders and others to discover cutting-edge research, exchange ideas and strengthen professional relationships,” said Dr. Larson.

Alyce Adams, PhD
Dr. Alyce Adams discusses why her research at Kaiser Permanente matters.

Like Kaiser Permanente, AcademyHealth is committed to disseminating information and resources about research findings to the public, so ARM is a great venue for showcasing Kaiser Permanente’s research.

Explains Dr. Larson: “Our scientists work within a system that provides both care and coverage, which means we have a 360-degree view of people’s everyday health experience over time. Each year we bring a strong learning health care system perspective to this event.”

Alyce Adams, PhD, associate director of the Health Care Delivery and Policy section of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research also noted that, “Kaiser Permanente researchers were well-represented at this year’s annual research meeting. AcademyHealth brings together interdisciplinary and intergenerational researchers committed to improving patient health through evidence generation and dissemination.”

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, director of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Center for Health Research, co-led an interactive pre-conference workshop titled, “Generating and Understanding Evidence Needed for Complex Interventions and Real World Applications.” Included was a case study from Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System Program presented by Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, and Amy Lee, MPH.

Examples of other topics presented by Kaiser Permanente researchers:

  • “Opportunities for Pharmacogenetic Testing to Alleviate Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Phenytoin Treatment,” with delivery science postdoctoral fellow Alison E. Fohner, PhD at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • “Use of Novel Patient-Facing, Self-Directed Health Information Technology to Improve Patient Engagement in Preventive Care: Focus on Colorectal Cancer Screening” with Erin Hahn, Ph.D. from the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation
  • “Patient-Provider Video Visit Telemedicine Integrated with Clinical Care,” with research scientist Mary E. Reed, DrPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • The Vital Few: Clustering High-Cost Patients Based on Longitudinal Trajectories of Health Care Spending using a Latent Growth Curve Analysis,” by Anna Davis, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives and Messaging to Increase Healthy Food Purchases,” with Anjali Gopalan, MD, MS, of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • “Building a Successful HSR Career Outside the ‘Ivory Tower,’” with Julie Schmittdiel, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • Challenges and opportunities in implementing suicide prevention efforts in settings that care for military personnel, with Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
  • The process researchers at KPWHRI’s MacColl Center are using to create a reliable, searchable database for implementation science measures and their metadata, with Cara C. Lewis, PhD, associate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

More than 30 Kaiser Permanente researchers also presented posters at ARM 2018.

Discover more about AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting and view the full 2018 agenda and presentations.

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