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ACCELERATE: Linking Accelerometer and EHR Data For Early Detection Of Poor Physical Activity

ACCELERATE: Linking ACCELerometer and EHR dATa for Early detection of poor physical activity is a collaboration between Duke Pepper Center and Duke FORGE teams to leverage Electronic Health Record (EHR)-based data to provide a targeted and scalable process for early identification of poor physical activity as an alternative to traditional screening. Juliessa Pavon, MD, Project Leader, links physical activity (PA) data measured by accelerometers to patient clinical characteristics and outcomes using the EHR. Despite the importance of metrics of physical activity in making health care decisions, PA is not routinely captured in clinical encounters, or in a discrete and uniform method.

In recent years, activity tracking through accelerometry has become an important component of clinical monitoring and has the potential to increase our understanding of basic medical conditions. For example, activity monitoring in several large epidemiological studies is highlighting the importance of low physical activity on health outcomes in major chronic diseases. As a result, the addition of accelerometer-measured activity at Duke could aid in the detection of poor physical activity in these high risk populations, many of which go on to seek geriatrics services.

Results from this study will provide foundational new knowledge regarding the clinical utility of an EHR digital algorithm to detect an important patient outcome: poor physical activity, as measured by objective accelerometer data. Providing clinicians with the ability to monitor these patients most in need of early geriatrics care interventions, and modify treatment course to promote healthy aging and resilience, is consistent with key stakeholder goals of Duke FORGE and the Duke Pepper Center.

Funding for Dr Pavon’s research is provided by the Duke Department of Medicine Health Data Science grant program.

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