• 8042 Citations
1994 …2021
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Research Interests

I received my PhD in immunology from the University of Chicago where I discovered the function of CTLA-4, the first checkpoint inhibitor. Following my MS in computer science, I worked in microbial genomics developing informatics tools to understand biochemical pathways in microorganisms. I joined the Nortwestern faculty to focus on medical informatics and am Associate Director for the Center for Health Information Partnerships and Director of the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center.

My goal is to improve health for people with autoimmune disease, using immunological, genomics, informatics and implementation science methods to study the development of autoimmunity. My research focuses on using electronic health records, intersected with genetic, social and environmental data to 1) develop translational models to elucidate the molecular and environmental mechanisms of human autoimmune disease and 2) develop EHR-based tools to improve care for people with autoimmunity.

Education/Academic qualification

MS, DePaul University

… → 2004

PhD, University of Chicago

… → 1997

Keywords

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Big Data
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomic Medicine/Personalized Medicine
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Immunology
  • Implementation Science
  • Medical Informatics
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Grants 2011 2021

Electronic Health Records
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Delivery of Health Care
Clinical Trials
Medical Records
Precision Medicine
Privacy
Patient Outcome Assessment
Environmental Exposure
Geographic Mapping
Point-of-Care Systems
Quality Improvement
Research
Primary Health Care
Integrated Delivery of Health Care

Research Output 1994 2018

  • 8042 Citations
  • 30 Article
  • 2 Review article

Design of healthy hearts in the heartland (H3): A practice-randomized, comparative effectiveness study

Ciolino, J. D., Jackson, K. L., Liss, D., Brown, T., Walunas, T. L., Murakami, L., Chung, I., Persell, S. D. & Kho, A. N., Aug 1 2018, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 71, p. 47-54 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Point-of-Care Systems
Random Allocation
Primary Health Care
Aptitude
Smoking Cessation
3 Citations

Engaging primary care practices in studies of improvement: Did you budget enough for practice recruitment?

Fagnan, L. J., Walunas, T. L., Parchman, M. L., Dickinson, C. L., Murphy, K. M., Howell, R., Jackson, K. L., Madden, M. B., Ciesla, J. R., Mazurek, K. D., Kho, A. N. & Solberg, L. I., Apr 1 2018, In : Annals of family medicine. 16, p. S72-S79

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Budgets
Primary Health Care
Costs and Cost Analysis
Quality Improvement
Health Services Research
2 Citations
Quality Improvement
Smoking Cessation
Aptitude
Electronic Health Records
Documentation
5 Citations

Disease Outcomes and Care Fragmentation Among Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Walunas, T. L., Jackson, K. L., Chung, A. H., Mancera-Cuevas, K. A., Erickson, D. L., Ramsey-Goldman, R. & Kho, A. N., Sep 1 2017, In : Arthritis Care and Research. 69, 9, p. 1369-1376 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
International Classification of Diseases
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Insurance
25 Citations

Design and implementation of a privacy preserving electronic health record linkage tool in Chicago

Kho, A. N., Cashy, J. P., Jackson, K. L., Pah, A. R., Goel, S., Boehnke, J., Humphries, J. E., Kominers, S. D., Hota, B. N., Sims, S. A., Malin, B. A., French, D. D., Walunas, T. L., Meltzer, D. O., Kaleba, E. O., Jones, R. C. & Galanter, W. L., Jan 1 2015, In : Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 22, 5, p. 1072-1080 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electronic Health Records
Privacy
Software
Research
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act