Niteesh K. Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D., is an internist and health services researcher whose work focuses on the development and evaluation of novel strategies to improve health care quality and reduce spending. He is particularly interested in the impact of insurance design and new methods of patient engagement on the use of and adherence to evidence-based therapies. Dr. Choudhry collaborates with a wide variety of insurers, employers and developers of new technologies. He leads a multidisciplinary research program funded by CVS Caremark to study medication adherence, cost-effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research.
Much of his recent work has dealt with the design and implementation of large simple clinical trials embedded in real-world health systems. Dr. Choudhry was the principal investigator of the Post-MI Free Rx and Event and Economic Evaluation (MI FREEE) trial, on the basis of which Aetna has changed their benefits to waive medication copayments for post-MI secondary prevention medications. He is the principal investigator of a number of ongoing and soon to be launched randomized studies including the Synchronization to Improve Non-Adherence to Cardiovascular Medications (SyNCMed) trial, which is evaluating the impact of consolidating medication refilling on adherence to evidence-based medications.
While his work has centered on pharmaceuticals, Dr. Choudhry's interests also include other methods of enhancing health care quality and he is involved in designing and evaluating a variety of care innovations including retail clinics, ambulatory ICUs, methods to identify and target patients who would benefit from quality improvement interventions using electronic health data and mobile technologies to facilitate patient-provider interaction.
He has published over a 140 publications in the peer-reviewed literature in leading medical and policy journals and has won numerous awards for his work. Dr. Choudhry is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics and the Hospitalist Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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