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Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic
May 13-15, 2019

Ashish Atreja

Associate Professor and Chief Innovation Officer
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, has formal training in epidemiology and board certification in gastroenterology, clinical informatics, and internal medicine. Over the past 10 years, he has led many informatics initiatives at Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai Health System, including developing online education modules, leading EHR implementation in an integrated delivery network, designing registries, performing analytics on healthcare data, and developing patient- and provider-facing apps. As Director of Sinai AppLab and Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer, Department of Medicine, he has the dual role of developing innovative apps for patient care, education, and research as well as engaging with providers, patients, and startups to adopt new technology and improve outcomes at Mount Sinai Health System. He is funded by the National Institutes of Health, has published over 50 scientific papers, and has presented internationally on topics related to mHealth and patient engagement.

He is a patient-partner with the New York City Clinical Data Research Network, funded by PCORI, and serves on the patient education committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. In addition, he has been involved in an Apple ResearchKit effort to streamline data gathered directly through patients and has lead registry initiatives for the American Gastroenterological Association.

Atreja previously served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Communication and Dissemination Research

May 13, 2019
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 25

The asthmatic population that Saint Barnabas Hospital the Bronx serves is one of the most underserved population in the country, and little is known on whether new digital interventions might be adopted in this underserved population.

Last year, Saint Barnabas launched a project using a digital care prescribing platform to engage its asthmatic population outside the four walls of the health system where flare-ups typically happen. The goal was to equip patients with tools to assess the severity of their asthma, enhance education and self -efficacy in managing asthma for both English and Spanish speaking patients.

In this session, a project leader will describe in detail key takeaways, which include:

  • If designed in the correct way, extending care outside the hospital through digital care pathways can help strengthen the provider-patient relationship, rather than weaken it.
  • Engaging underserved patients in bulk through digital means is feasible. Saint Barnabas reached > 1,500 asthmatic patients in a week with a Digital Asthma Care Plan and saw a response rate of 19% from a “hard to reach” Bronx population. This surpassed expectations.
  • However, the finding that two-thirds of patients in the program had uncontrolled asthma leads to the question of finding capacity to see these patients in clinic. Or could telemedicine step in?

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