Completed Projects

Clinical Informatics Collaborative (CLIC)

Topic:  Using a clinical decision support company to improve quality improvement in the ambulatory setting.

Purpose:  The goal of CLIC is to utilize a tool called CINA to securely connect 21 clinic’s electronic medical record offering tools that enable a proactive approach to chronic disease management and prevention as well as reporting, benchmarking, and research.

A poster presentation by Holly G. Hayes, MSPH at the 2011 National AHRQ PBRN Conference in Bethesda, MD can be viewed here.


Community Acquired MRSA in your Practice

Topic:  Community acquired (CA) MRSA skin infections; genetics, resistance, and treatment in a South Texas practice based research network.

Research Purpose:  to (1) identify MRSA genes associated with antibiotic resistance and therapeutic failure, (2) describe wound characteristics associated with therapeutic failure, and (3) identify antibiotics and antibiotic dosing strategies associated with therapeutic failure.

A summation of the pilot results by Chris Frei, PharmD can be looked over here. A presentation by Dr. Frei at the 2010 2nd Annual PBRN Conference on the progress of the study can be viewed here.


Using Multi-Media for Colorectal Cancer Screening Education

Topic:  Tailored interactive multimedia to reduce colorectal cancer screening disparities in South Texas.

Purpose:  The study involves a randomized controlled trial of a new computer program, viewed by patients in their doctor's office prior to a scheduled appointment, designed to help people who are potentially interested in colorectal cancer screening to actually undergo screening.

A presentation by Raquel Romero, MD at the 2010 2nd Annual PBRN Conference on the progress of the study can be viewed here A poster presentation by Dr. Romero on the lessons learned on Hispanic recruitment at the 2011 National AHRQ PBRN Conference can also be viewed here