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Health Services Research & Development
COIN: Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center (IDEAS 2.0); Salt Lake City, UT
Director: Matthew Samore, M.D.
About the COIN
IDEAS 2.0's mission is to advance scientific discovery, implement novel interventions, promote cross-center collaboration, increase research capacity, and engage operational partners in order to improve the health of Veterans.
Healthcare-associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance
The goal of this area of research is to prevent healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and to decrease the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. IDEAS 2.0 supports this mission by providing the infrastructure to facilitate cross-center and operational collaborations necessary to conduct novel, large-scale epidemiologic and interventional studies of HAI and antimicrobial resistance. The following four research objectives reflect IDEAS 2.0's commitment to research that protects and improves Veteran health, and include:
Identify and develop new approaches to prevent HAI and decrease antibiotic resistance in VA;
Quantify the impact of practice on infection outcomes and antibiotic resistance;
Use simulations and models to assist epidemiologists and policy-makers in the evaluation of alternative strategies to prevent HAI and decrease antibiotic resistance; and
Implement interventions through partnership-based research to prevent HAI and support antibiotic stewardship.
The goal of this area of research is to use population management approaches to improve community reintegration and enhance health outcomes of Veterans after deployment. In particular, investigators will focus on the clinical areas of medically unexplained syndromes (MUS), post-amputation care, homelessness, and reintegration challenges. Specific objectives include:
Develop and implement automated surveillance systemsto track persistent symptoms and other health problems in returned combat Veterans;
Design a clinical use case model for rehabilitation clinicians working in the Amputation System of Care that provides population monitoring and point of care service;
Build predictive modelsto enable early interdiction of returned combat Veterans at high risk for homelessness; and
Better define the health and social factorsthat contribute to reintegration challenges and successes in returned vulnerable populations of Veterans.
The goal of this emerging area of research is to conduct high-impact research to improve access to health services and to coordinate care for Veterans living in rural settings (41% of the nation's Veterans). Overall objectives include:
Design and implement informatics tools to improve access to community-support resources for Veterans with caregiving needs;
Develop methods and implement systems to evaluate the quality of care delivered to Veterans by non-VA providers;
Design and implement informatics tools to improve care coordination for Veterans receiving specialty telehealth care; and
Conduct economic analyses to examine trade-offs associated with different strategies to improve access to care for Veterans living in rural settings.