HMP PhD Student: Genna Cohen

Genna CohenDoctoral Candidate (2015): Health Services Organization and Policy
Cognate: Organization Studies

1415 Washington Heights
M3025 SPH II (and 4370, School of Information)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029
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  • BS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2007)

Research Interests

Physician practices; health information technology use; pay-for-performance; patient-centered medical homes

Current Research

My research is driven by an interest in the mechanisms of physician practice performance improvement. As a result, my current work centers around use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records, and participation in pay-for-performance programs.

My dissertation uses mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to study variation in EHR documentation in primary care practices, drawing on data from a hosted electronic health record vendor to measure prevalence and conducting qualitative interviews to understand impact. My dissertation is funded by an AHRQ R36 dissertation grant and a University of Michigan Rackham Predoctoral fellowship. I am also working on a mixed-method study to identify strategies that primary care practices can use to help improve their care of complex, costly patients, funded by the Commonwealth Fund. This project is an extension of previous work I conducted with Dr. Christy Lemak evaluating the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Physician Group Incentive Program.

Lab for Health Information Technology Impact