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Lipika Samal, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
General Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Narrative:

Lipika Samal, MD, MPH completed a three-year NIH-funded fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and additional coursework in a National Library of Medicine-funded training program in Biomedical Informatics. During her fellowship she assisted colleagues with numerous articles about the use of health information technology (HIT) by patients including: 1) a survey of women visiting the Baltimore city sexually transmitted infections clinic, 2) a survey of HIV patients, 3) a survey of diabetes patients, and 4) a federally funded systematic review of the literature about consumer health informatics. Each of these articles contributed to the literature on HIT interventions to improve the health of vulnerable populations.

 After fellowship, she joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as a 75% research effort clinician investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine. In keeping with the reason that she came to BWH, she sought to study the impact of HIT on quality of care. Her first manuscript in this area was published in the American Journal of Managed Care. A separate analysis of the relationship between HIT use and racial/ethnic disparities was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (now JAMA Internal Medicine). In her fourth year as a faculty member, she published another analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine examining the lack of association between Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical quality measures.

As her research interests have become more focused, she has begun to study the impact of HIT on chronic kidney disease (CKD). She has been awarded a K23 award by the NIDDK to develop and test an HIT tool which calculates risk of progression to end stage renal disease and prompts referral from primary care to specialist care. As PI or co-Investigator on several NIH-funded grants, she has laid the groundwork for the proposed research by 1) developing a software application that can calculate the 5-year risk of developing kidney failure using clinical data, 2) validating the clinical data extracted from electronic health records, 3) becoming an expert in automated data extraction from EHRs, and 4) performing qualitative research to improve the acceptance of the tool in routine primary care.

Mesh Keywords: Patient Education as Topic; Health Literacy; Cellular Phone; Internet; Information Dissemination; Prothrombin; Factor V; Venous Thromboembolism; Medical Records; Systems, Computerized; Primary Health Care; Decision Support Systems, Clinical; Consumer Health Informatics

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healty, 2008, MPH
Case Western Reserve University, 2004, MD

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Levine DM, Healey MJ, Wright A, Bates DW, Linder JA, Samal L. Changes in the quality of care during progress from stage 1 to stage 2 of Meaningful Use. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Mar 01; 24(2):394-397.

2. McEvoy DS, Sittig DF, Hickman TT, Aaron S, Ai A, Amato M, Bauer DW, Fraser GM, Harper J, Kennemer A, Krall MA, Lehmann CU, Malhotra S, Murphy DR, O'Kelley B, Samal L, Schreiber R, Singh H, Thomas EJ, Vartian CV, Westmorland J, McCoy AB, Wright A. Variation in high-priority drug-drug interaction alerts across institutions and electronic health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Mar 01; 24(2):331-338.

3. Lyles CR, Ratanawongsa N, Bolen SD, Samal L. mHealth and Health Information Technology Tools for Diverse Patients with Diabetes. J Diabetes Res. 2017; 2017:1704917.

4. Gulla J, Neri PM, Bates DW, Samal L. User Requirements for a Chronic Kidney Disease Clinical Decision Support Tool to Promote Timely Referral. Int J Med Inform. 2017 May; 101:50-57.

5. Samal L, Dykes PC, Greenberg JO, Hasan O, Venkatesh AK, Volk LA, Bates DW. Care coordination gaps due to lack of interoperability in the United States: a qualitative study and literature review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Apr 22; 16:143.

6. Samal L, Wright A, Waikar SS, Linder JA. Nephrology co-management versus primary care solo management for early chronic kidney disease: a retrospective cross-sectional analysis. BMC Nephrol. 2015 Oct 12; 16:162.

7. Wright A, Maloney FL, Wien M, Samal L, Emani S, Zuccotti G. Assessing information system readiness for mitigating malpractice risk through simulation: results of a multi-site study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Sep; 22(5):1020-8.

8. Dalal AK, Pesterev BM, Eibensteiner K, Newmark LP, Samal L, Rothschild JM. Linking acknowledgement to action: closing the loop on non-urgent, clinically significant test results in the electronic health record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Jul; 22(4):905-8.

9. Zuccotti G, Maloney FL, Feblowitz J, Samal L, Sato L, Wright A. Reducing risk with clinical decision support: a study of closed malpractice claims. Appl Clin Inform. 2014; 5(3):746-56.

10. Dykes PC, Samal L, Donahue M, Greenberg JO, Hurley AC, Hasan O, O'Malley TA, Venkatesh AK, Volk LA, Bates DW. A patient-centered longitudinal care plan: vision versus reality. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):1082-90.