Karin Rhodes MD, MS. is Vice President for Care Management Design & Evaluation and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry at Northwell Health System/Hofstra School of Medicine. At Penn, she has been a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and founding director of the Center of Emergency Care Policy Research Perelman School of Medicine, with appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, her research focuses on developing effective patient-centered responses to health-related social problems impacting individual and public health. Specifically, she has addressed policy-relevant questions around improving the value of an acute health care visit and use of patient-centered health IT as an opportunity for screening, brief intervention, and referral. To do this, she has adapted or developed a number of innovative methodologies – such as audiotaping, IVRS, text messaging, and simulated patient methodologies studies - to rigorously measure quality, access, and disparities in to care for vulnerable populations. With experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, Rhodes has been principal investigator on a number of federal and foundation-funded studies assessing the quality of emergency care, including conducting pragmatic intervention studies and RCTs in real world settings. She has a long history of leading and nurturing productive research collaborations and mentoring students, residents, and junior faculty. Her interest in assuring linkage of vulnerable patients to appropriate social and medical resources has resulted in several high profile studies, including use of simulated patient methodology to measure access to primary care and specialty care. In her current role, she is responsible for helping to develop and test broad system-level interventions designed to improve the value of a health care visit.
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Last updated: 03/29/2016
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