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Rapid Analytics Unit



The Rapid Analytics Unit conducts focused analyses and applied research studies that have operational impact for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). This unit, located within the Division of Research, collaborates with TPMG physicians to provide a utility for rapid-turnaround projects on high-priority topics in specialty and primary care. Projects are selected with the guidance of TPMG executives in collaboration with clinical chiefs. Typical projects by this unit take up to 12 months to complete and use only existing computerized data.

In addition to conducting focused analytic projects, this unit's research scientists and programmer/analysts help physicians implement research questions designated as high priority by regional executives and clinical program leaders.

Examples of projects include:

  • Rapid case ascertainment of testicular cancer to support regional networking of care
  • Teleneurology for rapid treatment of stroke: Evaluation of a new program
  • Familial hypercholesterolemia: Algorithms to identify potential cases

Ongoing Projects

An evaluation of the StrokeEXPRESS phase II - thrombectomy program.
Mai Nguyen-Huynh, Andy Avins. Neurology. RAU. Ongoing.

Benefits of Hepatitis C Virus Cure.
Varun Saxena, Julie Schmittdiel. Gastroenterology. RAU. Ongoing.

Changes in utilization, staging, and treatment after implementation of regionalized care for upper gastrointestinal cancer.
Robert Li, Lisa Herrinton. Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.

Evaluation of structured reporting of lung nodules detected on chest CT.
Tom Urbania, Lisa Herrinton. Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.

Familial hypercholesterolemia II - manuscript.
Richard Birnbaum, Andy Avins. Cardiology. RAU. Ongoing.

Hepatocellular carcinoma and interventional radiology.
Maud Morshedi, Lisa Herrinton. Interventional Radiology. RAU. Ongoing.

Impact of Opioid Safety Initiative Education on Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing.
Mamata Kene, Mary Reed. Emergency Medicine. RAU. Ongoing.

Implementation of Evidence-Based Surgery for Pediatric Hernia Repair.
Albert Chong, Lisa Herrinton. Surgery Pediatrics. RAU. Ongoing.

Implementation of Familial Hypercholoesterolemia and template transition protocol.
Richard Birnbaum, Andy Avins. Cardiology. RAU. Ongoing.

Implementation of Post-Mastectomy Home Recovery Program in a Large, Integrated Health Delivery System.
Brooke Vuong, Julie Schmittdiel. Surgery. RAU. Ongoing.

Implementation success of integrated program on hepatitis B identification, surveillance, and treatment.
Krisna Chai & Joanna Ready, Andy Avins. Gastroenterology. RAU. Ongoing.

Improving Human Papilloma Virus Immunization Rates.
Janet Lai, Kevin Wang, Andy Avins. AFM. RAU. Ongoing.

Manual of Procedures and Pilot-testing a Cluster Randomized Study of the Effectiveness of a Deprescribing Intervention (aka Deprescribing Phase II).
Maisha Draves, Lisa Herrinton. Multispecialty. RAU. Ongoing.

Minimally invasive esophagectomy.
Simon Ashiku, Andy Avins. Surgery. RAU. Ongoing.

Rapid case ascertainment and review for bladder cancer.
Andrea Harzstark, Liyan Liu. Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.

Risk factors for hip arthroscopy failure.
Adrian Hinman, Andy Avins. Surgery Orthopedic. RAU. Ongoing.

The impact of the use of anticoagulants and antiplatelets on the risk of hospitalization and mortality in patients with COVID-19.
Ashok Pai, Julie Schmittdiel, Jenny Dusendang. Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.

Time Trends in Therapies and Outcomes for a Community-based Population of Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, 2013-2017.
Lisa Law, Lisa Herrinton. Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.

Virtual care in Gastroenterology: An Observational, Cross Sectional study in a community based, integrated health care system.
Craig Munroe, Doug Corley. Genetics/Oncology. RAU. Ongoing.