Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards
Institution: University of Missouri-Columbia
Grant Title: Assessing the Relationship Between IT Sophistication and Nursing Home Quality
Grant Number: K08 HS16862
Duration: 5 years (2007-2012)
Total Award: $520,900
Project Description: There are two aims to this research project:
- Compare pressure ulcer quality measures in Nursing Home Compare data in nursing homes with high information technology (IT) sophistication versus nursing homes with low IT sophistication.
- Explore strategies to communicate pressure ulcer preventions using in nursing homes with high IT sophistication versus nursing homes with low IT sophistication.
Career Goals: Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Health Care Systems from the University of Missouri, Columbia during which time he received numerous academic awards. Before becoming an Assistant Professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, he was a National Library of Medicine Predoctoral Fellow in Informatics, also at the University of Missouri. He wants to establish himself as an independent investigator with a focus on improving the healthcare of institutionalized elders by insuring there are adequate clinical information systems integrated into clinical processes in nursing homes.
Progress to Date: The grantee completed the didactic portion of his career development plan. He continued to work with preliminary data to describe the current level of IT sophistication in nursing homes in Missouri. Dr. Alexander has several articles in review and in press. He has continued his work with a national nursing informatics initiative called TIGER (Teaching Informatics and Guiding Educational Reform).
Future Plans: Dr. Alexander will be participating in the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics. He will work on recruitment of the 16 nursing homes which will be participating in focus groups.
Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:
- Peer Reviewer for several nursing journals.
- Board Member, Metropolitan Diabetes Center, University of Missouri, Columbia.
- Sinclair School of Nursing Outstanding Clinical Faculty, Nursing Student Council.
- Recipient, Harriet Werley New Investigator Award, 2010.
- Midwest Nursing Research Society Outstanding Faculty Paper Award, 2010.
- Member, technical expert panel RAND.
Alexander GL. Introduction to databases. Building a culture of quality, safety and nursing professionalism: Evidence practice on the frontline. Nursing Outreach and Distance Education (NODE), University of Missouri. Columbia, MO. April 2008.
Alexander GL, Kehr W. Benefits of mobile IT applications in long term care. Long Term Living. 2009. 58(1):20-25.
Alexander GL, Florea E, Skubic M, et al. Sensor systems for monitoring functional status in assisted living facilities. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 2008. 4(1):238-44.
Alexander GL. A descriptive analysis of a nursing home clinical information system with decision support. Perspectives in Health information Technology. 2008. 5(12).
Alexander GL. An analysis of nursing home quality measures and staffing. Quality Management in Health Care. 2008. 17(3):242-51.
Alexander GL. Analysis of an integrated clinical decision support system in nursing home clinical information systems. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 2008. 34(2).
Rantz, MR, Aud MA, Alexander GL, et al. Falls, technology, and stunt actors: New approaches to fall detection and fall risk assessment. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 2008. 23(3);195-201.