School of Medicine Receives Nearly $8M in Federal Funding to Help Providers Enable Adoption of Electronic Health Records in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received $7,942,500 in federal stimulus funds from the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), the state designated entity for health information exchange development.

The funding positions the School of Medicine as a regional extension center (REC). The designation will allow the school to help 1,765 health care providers in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties advance the use of health information technology (HIT) in their practices. The School of Medicine will provide administration and management to multiple contractors whose overall goal is to provide select products and training on how to use the technology to aid in the improvement of patient care.

The formal announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

"This is great news for Case Western Reserve School of Medicine’s facilities and patients in northeast Ohio," said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. "Health information technology helps reduce medical errors and improves patient care. By helping doctors and nurses consult with one another through technology, we will improve the quality of medical care offered across our state – particularly in rural areas. And by helping medical facilities adopt new information technologies, we will reduce medical errors and lower health costs."

Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at Case Western Reserve, explained how the new initiative could ultimately lead to healthcare advancements in the region. “The School of Medicine is committed to improving the health of our community. We believe that HIT is a key tool in healthcare reform and we look forward to partnering with independent healthcare providers to encourage quick adoption of HIT.” Read more.

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Research ShowCASE

Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and community members, are invited to attend Research ShowCASE 2010. The free, public event takes place Thursday, April 15, in Veale Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be dozens of active demonstrations, hundreds of poster displays, and several panel discussions. Register online. Read more about the day's activities.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will continue to host professional development and continuing education workshops throughout the month of April. Detailed information is available online.

A cell phone recycling event organized by an entrepreneurship class is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Peter B. Lewis Building lobby. Older, unused cell phones and digital cameras are being collected and recycled. Send an e-mail to with questions.

For Faculty and Staff

The April 2010 edition of the Staff Advisory Council's e-newsletter is now available. Readers are invited to go online to catch up on the latest news.

The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session is on the topic of "Issues Pertaining to International Students." Elise Lindsay, director of International Student Services, will provide the group with insight on how to best deal with the needs of international students. The talk will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in the Herrick Room, ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library. Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE.

A supervisory briefing session on the topic of "Documenting Performance and Behavior Issues" will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in Nord Hall 310A.

The Case Employee Wellness Program is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn series discussion on "Improve Your Overall Health and Wellness with Tai Chi" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 15, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 203. Steve Zimcosky, a certified wellness coach and Tai Chi/Qigong instructor, will discuss ways to reduce stress. Register by e-mail to

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The Residence Hall Association will host a food forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, in the Thwing Center atrium. Students will have an opportunity to learn about existing university policies. Free food will be available.


Middle East Expert David Makovsky will speak at the 63rd Annual Meeting, "How Iran is Affecting Israel's Relations with her Neighbors," at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, 11291 Euclid Ave. Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process.

In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Astronomical Society, the Department of Astronomy continues the 2009-10 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The next speaker in the series, Juna Kollmeier, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, will discuss "The Great Escape: Hypervelocity Stars" at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 15. Free to the public; light refreshments will be served. Earlier in the day, Kollmeier will discuss “Oldies but Goodies:  Old Hypervelocity Stars and RR Lyrae as Probes of the Inner and Outer Milky Way” at 1 p.m. in the Sears Library, Room 552.

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April 14, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve University medical school leads electronic records initiative

The Plain Dealer, April 14, 2010
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine announced Tuesday that it will lead a nearly $8 million initiative to promote the use of electronic medical records among nearly 1,795 Northeast Ohio providers, especially family physicians. The effort – which will include a number of community organizations and institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth System – is funded by a federal stimulus grant, directed toward improving patient care. Related article.

Case Western Reserve University researchers work to keep cardiac rehab patients on track with healthier lifestyles

The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2010
Exercise after a cardiac event like a heart attack, bypass surgery or stent placement can add seven to nine years to the lives of heart patients. But getting people to make healthy changes to their lifestyles, even after such a wake-up call, can be extremely difficult. Research has shown that, on average, only 30 percent of people who complete a cardiac-rehabilitation program stick with the exercise in the future. A team of researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University have been studying several aspects of these programs for years.

RAM founder to receive 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve University

PRNewswire, April 13, 2010
Stan Brock, the humanitarian who has been delivering free health care worldwide through his nonprofit organization Remote Area Medical (RAM) for 25 years, will receive the 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize, awarded by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Why they take so long

Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2010
A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that the growth in the length of time needed to earn bachelor's degrees is indeed real and cause for concern.