SEMINAR: December 2021 – Real-time Symptom Monitoring Using ePROs to Prevent Adverse Events during Care Transition

Anuj K Dalal, MD, SFHM is an Associate Physician with the Hospitalist Medicine Unit, Division of General Medicine at Brigham Health, and Associate Director, Harvard-Brigham Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dalal is a graduate of Cornell University and obtained his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health and holds a Graduate Degree in Medical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University. He is board certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics. He has completed the Brigham Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

His work has focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating novel use of interoperable digital health technologies in the acute care, care transitions, and ambulatory settings to improve facilitate closed loop communication of test results; engage patients and caregivers in self-care management; support patient-centered communication; and stratify patients at risk for harm using EHR data.  He has led and/or worked on numerous studies related to test result management, medication reconciliation, patient engagement, care team communication, discharge safety, and diagnostic safety. These projects have been funded by AHRQ, CRICO, PCORI, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

He currently leads the AHRQ-funded Patient Safety Learning Laboratory (PSLL) at BWH, a multidisciplinary team with expertise in systems engineering, human factors and usability, agile software development, mixed methods analysis, and implementation science to ensure that our Epic-integrated digital health infrastructure serves to improve safety of diagnosis and therapy in the hospital. Additionally, he recently received a AHRQ R01 to use novel predictive approaches and EHR-integrated digital health infrastructure to design tools for patients to engage in understanding their risks during transitions and real-time symptom monitoring using validated ePROs during care transitions.

Dr. Dalal has presented his work at local, regional, and national conferences and has made meaningful contributions to the literature. Dr. Dalal is nationally recognized in his field and his research has been published extensively at the intersection of informatics, quality, and safety. He has received numerous awards in innovation both locally and nationally. He has served on expert panels and task forces, and has co-chaired conferences at the national level. He has chaired Society of Hospital Medicine’s IT Leadership and Education Committee and delivered workshops related to use of technology by hospitalists for education and patient care. He works closely with the hospital’s IT and quality and safety leadership to align and support digital health research and innovations across Brigham Health.