Nirav Shah, M.D.
Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. His interests lie at the intersection of perioperative care and information technology. As Program Director for Anesthesiology Performance Improvement & Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE), his role is to lead collaborative quality improvement efforts across its 40+ member institutions, including 20 across the state of Michigan. ASPIRE focuses on practice variation among anesthesia providers, and developing tools to visualize performance across providers and hospitals. Within Michigan Medicine, he is the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer – Perioperative Care, and Director of Informatics and Systems Improvement, where he leads a team that develops clinical software solutions and supports the hospital’s perioperative EHR. Dr. Shah’s health services research interests include using large clinical datasets to improve the perioperative quality and provider satisfaction, and using novel information technology solutions to track patient reported outcomes.
- M.D., Ohio State University
- B.A., Economics, Northwestern University
Health Services Research & Policy Focus
Collaborating Centers & Programs
What are you thinking about?
I am thinking about how automatically extracted anesthesiology data from dozens of hospitals can be compared to each other. Also, how quality improvement directors and practice leaders can determine the performance of their anesthesiology providers and departments. Lastly, how variation in practice affects perioperative outcomes.
Why is this interesting to you?
As the effects of anesthetic care on perioperative outcomes becomes clearer, providing a data infrastructure to enable quality improvement across multiple institutions is a fascinating and challenging problem. The quality improvement arm of the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG), based at the North Campus Research Complex, is developing tools that allow both academic and community anesthesiology practices to view their performance on a range of quality measures that these practices have themselves determined. Quality improvement directors can view the performance of individual practitioners as well as how the institution compares to other MPOG sites. These individual and site level comparisons are combined with implementation of best practices to improve the quality of care.
What are the practical implications for healthcare?
The goal is higher quality perioperative care at a lower cost with increased patient satisfaction.