By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – It was an very attentive class on March 1 when Chas Roades, the chief research officer at the Advisory Board Co. in Washington, D.C., and Chris Miller, the firm’s executive director, gave a detailed look at the future of health care in the United States as part of Brown University’s Continuing Education program inaugurating its new offices on Dyer Street.
Roades, one of the nation’s pre-eminent health care researchers, analyzed the forces that are reshaping the nation’s health care delivery system: the way that baby boomers are disrupting Medicare, the information revolution, the current public health crisis of chronic diseases, and the way that health care reform is putting risk on doctors and providers.
Miller addressed the opportunities for workforce development and professional growth in the wake of health care reform.
Among the audience in the classroom were Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts, her chief of staff, Jennifer Wood, Dr. Michael Fine, director of the R.I. Department of Health, and Megan Hall, health reporter for WRNI.
Last week, Brown University also announced the launch of a new center to study evidence-based medicine, recruiting a renowned team of researchers, include Dr. Joseph Lau and Dr. Thomas Trikalinos from Tufts University Medical Center in Boston.
“Evidence-based medicine will be extraordinarily important as we move forward in a new health care environment,” said Dr. Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown. “Clinicians and hospitals will depend on this kind of research and analysis to provide the highest quality care. Furthermore, the expertise of these individuals will be important resources for many faculty across the Brown campus. Evidence-based medicine is the core of good quality care.”
Joining Trikalinos and Lau as part of the new center will be Tufts University Professor Christoper Schmid, Dr. Issa Dahabreh, a physician, and Byron Wallace, a computer scientist.
“The aim of the center is to advance the methodology of research synthesis, and knowledge synthesis and integration,” said Trikalinos, blending computer science and mathematics into the work. “We also want to get into the broader areas of nearby disciplines such as decision analysis and economic analysis,” he said.