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ommunity," said Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, CWRU. "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. Once enabled, HIT provides a two-fold benefit: 1) improving patient care, for example, through electronic alerts that notify healthcare providers of a patient's need for annual testing e.g., mammograms, and 2) by lowering healthcare costs by reducing redundant testing."

CWRU is one of 46 recipients of the NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) grants in the US, which provide substantial infrastructure funding. CTSA awards have mandated informatics and community engagement cores, making collaboration with the growth of electronic health records a logical extension of their initial work. The CWRU CTSA collaboration includes three of the hospital affiliates of the School of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center. The School of Medicine and its hospital affiliates reach into the community at many sites, some of which will become study sites in the CTSA. Together with the strong biomedical cores, the reach of these programs affords great opportunity for collaborative clinical research. Close association with these organizations throughout the design and early implementation of the CWRU REC will lead to more rapid implementation of research projects based on electronic health record data. As a result, the CWRU School of Medicine will house its REC within its CTSA.

"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."

"Success for the CWRU REC will be measured in three ways," said Rehm. "First, we must meet the milestones and metrics that are being asked of us by the federal government. Second, we must enable the earliest adoption possible which will allow primary care providers to pull in the maximum amount of federal dollars from reimbursements. And third, we must improve the quality of care through the utilization of this technology which will ultimately improve the health of Clevelanders."

The Case Western Reserve REC is expected to begin work in April.

About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and is among the nation's top medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes--research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism--to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century. Eleven Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the school.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 800 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News &World Report "Guide to Graduate Education."

The School of Medicine's primary affiliate is University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is additionally affiliated with MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

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