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Brian L Hazlehurst, PhD

TitleSenior Investigator
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Northwest
DepartmentCenter for Health Research - Northwest
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    Dr. Brian Hazlehurst is a cognitive anthropologist interested in the cognitive, social, and cultural properties of health and illness. He focuses on technology use in health care. His investigations include the study of provider work practices and the everyday tasks of people with chronic illness, as well as the design and development of appropriate information-processing tools for these populations.

    Recently, Dr. Hazlehurst has focused on building, evaluating, and using informatics methods that enable access to comprehensive electronic clinical data through natural language processing technologies.

    Dr. Hazlehurst is principal investigator of Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness Research with Natural Language Processing of Electronic Medical Records (CER Hub), an AHRQ grant that supports informatics infrastructure for the Center for Health Research. Much of the clinical data necessary for research is found in the text notes clinicians write when caring for patients. Dr. Hazlehurst’s team has successfully used Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods to unlock this clinical data. In addition, it has created a centralized website, CER Hub, where researchers can build software applications that will process their EMRs, including both the text and coded data, creating standardized datasets that permit multi-institution comparative effectiveness research.

    Dr. Hazlehurst joined CHR as a Medical Informatics Investigator in the summer of 2001. Previously, he was chief scientist and director of research and informatics at WebMD, an Internet health care company. At WebMD he led the R&D effort focused on using the Internet to empower chronically ill people. His work included the design and development of information retrieval and knowledge-based systems, for which he received three U.S. patents.

    Dr. Hazlehurst received his PhD in cognitive science and anthropology from University of California, San Diego, in 1994. He holds an external clinical faculty appointment at the Division of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research at Oregon Health & Science University.

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    R18HS017022     (HAZLEHURST, BRIAN L)Sep 30, 2007 - Sep 29, 2010
    AHRQ
    Automating Assessment of Asthma Care Quality
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R21LM009728     (HAZLEHURST, BRIAN L)Sep 30, 2008 - Sep 29, 2011
    NIH/NLM
    Investigating the generalizability of natural language processing of EMR data
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R18HS018157     (HAZLEHURST, BRIAN L)Sep 30, 2009 - Mar 31, 2013
    AHRQ
    Automating assessment of obesity care quality
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01HS019828     (HAZLEHURST, BRIAN L)Sep 30, 2010 - Sep 29, 2013
    AHRQ
    Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness Research with Natural Language Processing of EMR
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Green CA, Perrin NA, Hazlehurst B, Janoff SL, DeVeaugh-Geiss A, Carrell DS, Grijalva CG, Liang C, Enger CL, Coplan PM. Identifying and classifying opioid-related overdoses: A validation study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2019 Apr 24. PMID: 31020755.
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    2. Bailey SR, Stevens VJ, Fortmann SP, Kurtz SE, McBurnie MA, Priest E, Puro J, Solberg LI, Schweitzer R, Masica AL, Hazlehurst B. Long-Term Outcomes From Repeated Smoking Cessation Assistance in Routine Primary Care. Am J Health Promot. 2018 09; 32(7):1582-1590. PMID: 29534598.
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    3. Bailey SR, Heintzman JD, Marino M, Jacob RL, Puro JE, DeVoe JE, Burdick TE, Hazlehurst BL, Cohen DJ, Fortmann SP. Smoking-Cessation Assistance: Before and After Stage 1 Meaningful Use Implementation. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Aug; 53(2):192-200. PMID: 28365090.
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    4. Hazlehurst B. When I say … distributed cognition. Med Educ. 2015 Aug; 49(8):755-6. PMID: 26152486.
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    5. Hazlehurst BL, Kurtz SE, Masica A, Stevens VJ, McBurnie MA, Puro JE, Vijayadeva V, Au DH, Brannon ED, Sittig DF. CER Hub: An informatics platform for conducting comparative effectiveness research using multi-institutional, heterogeneous, electronic clinical data. Int J Med Inform. 2015 Oct; 84(10):763-73. PMID: 26138036.
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    6. Stevens VJ, Solberg LI, Bailey SR, Kurtz SE, McBurnie MA, Priest EL, Puro JE, Williams RJ, Fortmann SP, Hazlehurst BL. Assessing Trends in Tobacco Cessation in Diverse Patient Populations. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Mar; 18(3):275-80. PMID: 25921356.
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    7. Walker KL, Kirillova O, Gillespie SE, Hsiao D, Pishchalenko V, Pai AK, Puro JE, Plumley R, Kudyakov R, Hu W, Allisany A, McBurnie M, Kurtz SE, Hazlehurst BL. Using the CER Hub to ensure data quality in a multi-institution smoking cessation study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):1129-35. PMID: 24993545.
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    8. Hazlehurst BL, Lawrence JM, Donahoo WT, Sherwood NE, Kurtz SE, Xu S, Steiner JF. Automating assessment of lifestyle counseling in electronic health records. Am J Prev Med. 2014 May; 46(5):457-64. PMID: 24745635.
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    9. Williams RJ, Masica AL, McBurnie MA, Solberg LI, Bailey SR, Hazlehurst B, Kurtz SE, Williams AE, Puro JE, Stevens VJ. Documentation of the 5 as for smoking cessation by PCPs across distinct health systems. Am J Manag Care. 2014 Mar 01; 20(3):e35-42. PMID: 24773327.
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    10. Sittig DF, Hazlehurst BL. Informatics grand challenges in multi-institutional comparative effectiveness research. J Comp Eff Res. 2012 Sep; 1(5):373-6. PMID: 24236411.
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    11. Sittig DF, Hazlehurst BL, Brown J, Murphy S, Rosenman M, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Wilcox AB. A survey of informatics platforms that enable distributed comparative effectiveness research using multi-institutional heterogenous clinical data. Med Care. 2012 Jul; 50 Suppl:S49-59. PMID: 22692259.
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    12. Hazelhurst B, McBurnie MA, Mularski RA, Puro JE, Chauvie SL. Automating care quality measurement with health information technology. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Jun; 18(6):313-9. PMID: 22774999.
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    13. Campbell EM, Sittig DF, Chapman WW, Hazlehurst BL, Cohen AM. Understanding Inter-rater Disagreement: A Mixed Methods Approach. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13; 2010:81-5. PMID: 21346945.
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    14. Hazlehurst B, McBurnie M, Mularski R, Puro J, Chauvie S. Automating quality measurement: a system for scalable, comprehensive, and routine care quality assessment. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov 14; 2009:229-33. PMID: 20351855.
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    15. Hazlehurst B, Naleway A, Mullooly J. Detecting possible vaccine adverse events in clinical notes of the electronic medical record. Vaccine. 2009 Mar 23; 27(14):2077-83. PMID: 19428833.
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    16. Smith DH, Johnson ES, Russell A, Hazlehurst B, Muraki C, Nichols GA, Oglesby A, Betz-Brown J. Lower visual acuity predicts worse utility values among patients with type 2 diabetes. Qual Life Res. 2008 Dec; 17(10):1277-84. PMID: 18972222.
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    17. Hazlehurst B, Gorman PN, McMullen CK. Distributed cognition: an alternative model of cognition for medical informatics. Int J Med Inform. 2008 Apr; 77(4):226-34. PMID: 17556014.
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    18. Hazlehurst B, McMullen CK, Gorman PN. Distributed cognition in the heart room: how situation awareness arises from coordinated communications during cardiac surgery. J Biomed Inform. 2007 Oct; 40(5):539-51. PMID: 17368112.
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    19. Hazlehurst B, McMullen C. Orienting frames and private routines: the role of cultural process in critical care safety. Int J Med Inform. 2007 Jun; 76 Suppl 1:S129-35. PMID: 16875873.
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    20. Hazlehurst B, Sittig DF, Stevens VJ, Smith KS, Hollis JF, Vogt TM, Winickoff JP, Glasgow R, Palen TE, Rigotti NA. Natural language processing in the electronic medical record: assessing clinician adherence to tobacco treatment guidelines. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Dec; 29(5):434-9. PMID: 16376707.
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    21. Hazlehurst B, Frost HR, Sittig DF, Stevens VJ. MediClass: A system for detecting and classifying encounter-based clinical events in any electronic medical record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005 Sep-Oct; 12(5):517-29. PMID: 15905485.
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    22. Hazlehurst B, Mullooly J, Naleway A, Crane B. Detecting possible vaccination reactions in clinical notes. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005; 306-10. PMID: 16779051.
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    23. Hazlehurst B, McMullen C, Gorman P, Sittig D. How the ICU follows orders: care delivery as a complex activity system. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2003; 284-8. PMID: 14728179.
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    24. Sittig DF, King S, Hazlehurst BL. A survey of patient-provider e-mail communication: what do patients think? Int J Med Inform. 2001 Apr; 61(1):71-80. PMID: 11248604.
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    25. Sittig DF, Jimison HB, Hazlehurst BL, Churchill BE, Lyman JA, Mailhot MF, Quick EA, Simpson DA. Techniques for identifying the applicability of new information management technologies in the clinical setting: an example focusing on handheld computers. Proc AMIA Symp. 2000; 804-8. PMID: 11079995.
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    26. Coward SJ, Bennett CE, Hazlehurst BL. Lysosomes and lysosomal enzyme activity in the regenerating planarian; evidence in support of dedifferentiation. J Exp Zool. 1974 Aug; 189(2):133-46. PMID: 4853064.
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