Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD, CMD

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Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine (Primary Appointment)

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Research

Associate Professor of RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI)

Core Faculty, Center for Critical Care Nephrology

Director of Geriatric Telemedicine Programs

Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO), UPMC Community Provider Services

Office: Forbes Tower, Suite 1064
3600 Forbes Ave. @ Meyran
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-864-1878
Fax: 888-647-3820
E-mail: handler@pitt.edu
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Education
BS in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
MD, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1997
MS in Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
PhD in Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Training
Internship in Family Medicine, Family Practice Residency Program, Tufts University, 1998
Residency in Family Medicine, Family Practice Residency Program, Tufts University, 2000
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Adverse drug reactions
Biomedical informatics
Patient safety
Medication management
Process and quality improvement
Long-term care
Clinical and Translational Informatics
Pharmacoepidemiology, Adverse Drug Reactions, Adverse Drug Events
Patient Safety Culture, Process and Quality Improvement
 

Profile
Dr. Handler is an associate professor of Medicine, with a primary appointment in geriatric medicine, and secondary appointments in biomedical informatics, and clinical and translational research. Dr. Handler is a practicing geriatrician with direct patient care responsibilities in the nursing home setting.

Dr. Handler's research concerns medication and patient safety, primarily in the nursing home setting. He is the recipient of several research grants from the NIH and AHRQ that have allowed him to develop and test the first clinical surveillance system to detect and manage adverse events in the nursing home setting. He has also developed through a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Award an after-hours telemedicine program to help reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations in the nursing home setting.

Dr. Handler is also the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for UPMC's Community Provider Services (CPS) Division, Dr. Handler is the clinical, scientific, and technical leader for the adoption and use of electronic medical records, telemedicine, and telemonitoring in post-acute areas including skilled nursing facilities, home care, and other community-based settings.

Recent Grants
Title: Transforming the Medication Regimen Review Process of High-Risk Drugs Using a Patient-Centered Telemedicine-Based Approach to Prevent Adverse Drug Events in the Nursing Home
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $1,499,163
Funding Agency: AHRQ
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Title: Pittsburgh Older American Independence Center
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $1,478,270
Funding Agency: NIA
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2019
Title: Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities in Western Pennsylvania (RAVEN)
Website: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/rahnfr/
Role: Medical Director of Telemedicine and Health Information Technology
Amount: $19,104,119
Funding Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2016
Title: Enhancing the Detection and Management of Adverse Drug Events in the Nursing Home
Role: PI
Amount:
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015

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