Dr. Rachel Berger Receives New Research Grant

Dr. Rachel Berger, Associate Director of the Safar Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and member of the Child Protection Team at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, has recently been awarded a new grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The grant for her study, titled: "Using Electronic Medical Record to Improve Outcomes and Decrease Disparities in Screening for Child Physical Abuse" totals about $1 million dollars over the span of three years. The leading cause of traumatic death in infants and toddlers in the U.S. is child physical abuse. It has been well documented that the failure of physicians to screen children for its more subtle forms has often resulted in undetected abuse and eventually the death or severe injury of children. Dr. Berger's important study will analyze how the use of the Cerner Electronic Medical Record (EMR) as platform for an innovative new "trigger system" can help preempt severe forms of abuse by aiding physicians in diagnosing early. Prompts will be embedded into the EMR which will advise the physician to screen for signs. Congratulations to Dr. Berger on her new grant!