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News All News

Optimizing Electronic Health Records with Behavioral Economics

Source: Forbes, October, 25, 2016

In an op-ed for Forbes, Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS discusses the application of behavioral economics principles to electronic health records (EHRs), particularly in relation…

Way to Health Featured at CHOP mHealth Project Showcases

Source: CHOP Cornerstone

The CHIBE-developed mobile health platform, Way to Health, was featured in two recent mHealth project showcases held at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP Cornerstone reports: 

"The Way…

Short-Term Incentives Yield Longer-Term Healthful Eating Habits in Children

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Fox5NY, October 17, 2016

In a study published in the Journal of Health Economics this year, George Loewenstein, Joseph Price and Kevin Volpp presented…

Mitesh Patel: Further Study Needed on Reliability of Heart Rate Wearables

Source: US News & World Report, October 13, 2016

CHIBE's Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS comments in U.S. News & World Report about a recent study showing that watch-like wristbands that monitor…

Connecting Social Comparisons of Physician Performance to Norms Increases Value

Source: Huffington Post, September 29, 2016

In a Huffington Post blog, CHIBE Fellow Joshua Liao, MD discusses his recent JAMA article on the value of using medical professional norms as…

Mitesh Patel Comments on Wearables Weight Loss Studies

NPR, Men's Journal, September 20, 2016

In interviews with NPR and Men's Journal, Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS comments on a recent study at the University of Pittsburgh,…

Ongoing Research All Research

Behavioral Economics in Provider Incentive Design

Principal Investigator: Amol Navathe, MD, PhD

Payers and provider groups are in need of novel approaches to structure provider incentives—both financial and non-financial—to better promote the delivery of quality, cost-effective care. In this project, we will study how behavioral economic principles can improve the effectiveness of physician incentives to deliver higher quality and lower cost care. We will test the application of specific behavioral economic principles including loss aversion; physician versus non-physician incentives; and variation in physician-organization relationships in incentive design and implementation.

Funder: The Commonwealth Foundation

RCT of Automated Hovering for Congestive Heart Failure

Principal Investigators: David Asch, MD, MBA; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

The objective of this study is to conduct a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial testing a new approach to chronic disease management combining wireless monitoring devices and behavioral economic engagement incentives to reduce rehospitalization rates among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) recently hospitalized at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).


Smarter Big Data for a Healthy Pennsylvania: Changing the Paradigm of Healthcare

Principal Investigators: Polsky / Volpp

The goal of this project is to improve the health of Pennsylvanians at an individual, community, and population level by changing the paradigm of medical care and health care delivery to predicting and preventing onset, exacerbation, and advancement of disease rather than principally reacting to clinical events with expensive treatments. Using medical record data with linkages to administrative claims, wearable monitor data, and social media data, we will develop algorithms to better predict clinical events in the hospital, at home, and in the community. The proposed project will expand an established and highly successful minority health services research training program to provide opportunities for training in big-data research to support the career development of under-represented minorities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Funded by: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Transforming Provider Payments

Principal Investigators: Emmanuel / Volpp


The goal of this partnership is to provide guidance and to conduct research for the roll-out of a new HMSA provider payment initiative that will fundamentally change the way primary care providers are paid in Hawaii.


Funded by: Hawaii Medical Services Association

Events All Events

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Ruben Amarasingham, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Pieces Technologies, Inc. and Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Flora Or, MHS, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Co-hosted with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Julie Bynum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and Geisel Medical School…

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Jose Francisco Figueroa, MD, MPH, Physician, Internal Medicine, Brigham And Women's Hospital; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard University 

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Sudeep Bhatia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania