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Khera Awarded Career Development Grant from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

April 01, 2021
by Elisabeth Reitman

Yale researcher Rohan Khera, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine and investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, has received a K23 career development grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Khera is a cardiologist with expertise in data science, health policy, and healthcare quality.

The grant, “Evaluating and Improving Utilization of Evidence-Based Medical Therapy in Patients with Heart Failure using Automated Tools in the Electronic Health Record,” allows Khera to develop automated tools that incorporate both structured and unstructured data elements from the electronic health record (EHR) in defining care quality.

His work will use advanced machine learning models and natural language processing to better phenotype patients with heart failure, with the goal to personalize their care and improve their outcomes. Khera’s research focuses on systematically incorporating the input from patients and clinicians in developing these tools, and improving upon current approaches of collecting data for quality measurement and improvement.

In his previous work, Khera indicated that both the incidence of heart failure and adverse health outcomes among patients with heart failure continue to be major challenges, and improving the quality of care could improve the health of patients with this disease.

Mentors on the grant include Yale Cardiovascular Medicine faculty Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, Eric Velazquez, MD, and Erica Spatz, MD, MHS.

Other mentors include faculty in clinical informatics, Cynthia Brandt MD, MPH and Ted Melnick, MD, MHS, and in computer science, Dragomir Radev, PhD.

The K23 NIH Award goes into effect on April 1, 2021.

The grant discussed in this article was awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number K23HL153775-01A1.

Submitted by Elisabeth Reitman on March 26, 2021