Dr. Baumhauer is a tenured Professor and serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also is the Associate Chair of Academic Affairs within the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester. In addition to providing clinical care and performing surgery, she holds the position as the Director of the Clinical Health Informatics Core for the UR Healthcare System and is a board of director of Accountable Health Partners, ACO for the Rochester Region. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed orthopaedic residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also completed a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Rochester. Dr. Baumhauer is the past president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), and Eastern Orthopaedic Association. She currently is the President of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Health Organization and has published over two hundred peer reviewed papers and book chapters.
In Part 2, Dr. Baumhauer described research showing that patients who were able to report at times that were important to the patient ended up visiting the emergency room less and were experiencing more favorable outcomes. She discussed how data are used. The first time seeing a patient, it is important to know what their baseline values are, e.g., mild depression and moderate symptoms for physical function and pain. Trends can be noted that make it possible before meeting with a patient to look at the PROMIS scores and be able to anticipate how much time to spend with this individual. It enables the physician to triage, which patients appreciate. Patients also are asked anchoring questions, such as general health status questions that make it possible to link the medical visit. An example is are you worse, better, or the same since your last visit? Another question is can you live with your symptoms? She also discussed how patients can ask questions, such as whether there will be substantial improvement as a result of surgery. If such an outcome is unlikely, surgery should not occur. Another question patients ask is which of various treatment options should be selected? It is important to know what the patient wants to measure.