CU Cancer Center's COMMIT smoking cessation program has ordered nearly 2,600 consults and enrolled nearly 600 patients in the past year. Under the program, providers ask patients admitted to UCH about their smoking history. For patients who say they are currently using tobacco, the Epic electronic health record fires a best practice advisory for the attending physician to order NRT and a smoking cessation consult.
“Scientists like me who mine open data have been called ‘research parasites’. While not the most flattering name, the idea of leveraging existing data to gain new insights is a very important part of modern biomedical research,” says James Costello, PhD.