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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Northwestern Awarded R21 Grant to Identify Lupus Patients in EHRS

The Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHiP), which is a center within the Northwestern Institute for Public Health and Medicine, has been awarded an NIH R21 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, autoimmune, multisystem disease affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans.  The NIH R21 grant focuses on addressing the need to reduce the time it takes to identify patients with SLE. When SLE is diagnosed early, treatment can begin sooner and candidates for clinical trials can be identified earlier.

An interdisciplinary team will create a series of algorithms that pinpoint patients with SLE and assess the makeup of the SLE patient population.  The team will use electronic health record (EHR) data from multiple health care institutions not only to identify patients but to cluster similar sub-groups to align these SLE patients with clinical trials and targeted therapy in a timelier fashion.

Drs. Abel Kho and Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Program in Public Health and collaborators Dr. William Thompson in semantics, pragmatics, and computational linguistics, and Dr. Theresa Walunas,  research assistant professor in medicine, make up the interdisciplinary team that will implement this award on behalf of CHiP.

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