Michael F O'Toole

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Thirty-one subjects with chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) were separated into 3 groups according to ventilatory patterns during graded exercise: Group 1--oscillators (n = 6); group 2-intermediate oscillators (n = 14); and group 3--nonoscillators (n = 11). Group 1 patients showed cyclic fluctuations in minute ventilation (change of 30 to 40 liters/min)(More)
This study demonstrates that the Virtual Lipid Clinic, an electronic medical record with computer-assisted cholesterol management, is associated with improved lipid management in patients with coronary artery disease. In comparison to traditional documentation methods with "pen and paper" charts, outpatient visits utilizing the electronic medical record(More)
BACKGROUND Stratifiers of sudden and total mortality risk are needed to optimally target preventive therapies in patients with coronary artery disease and impaired ventricular function. We assessed the prognostic significance of ECG markers of conduction abnormalities and left ventricular hypertrophy in the Multicenter Unsustained Tachycardia Trial (MUSTT).(More)
Developed in Collaboration With the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Radiology, American Nurses Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Society of(More)
Advances in information technology and recent national directives have the potential to support dramatic improvements in health care. Two key components are the implementation of functional electronic health record systems and widely accepted, evidence-based clinical performance measures for physicians. Midwest Heart Specialists, a 55-physician(More)
Clinical studies suggest that hypertension is often undiagnosed, undertreated, and poorly controlled. In 1997, the authors developed a comprehensive electronic medical record that interfaces with physicians during each outpatient visit and provides real-time feedback about patient care management, including the management of hypertension. The purpose of(More)
The workshop discussions focused on how low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) goal attainment can be enhanced with the use of health information technology (HIT) in different clinical settings. A gap is acknowledged in LDL-C goal attainment, but because of the passage of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology(More)
BACKGROUND Physicians report outpatient quality measures from data in electronic health records to facilitate care improvement and qualify for incentive payments. OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and validity of exceptions to quality measures and to test a system for classifying the reasons for these exceptions. DESIGN Cross-sectional observational(More)
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