CHIRDL

Child Health Improvement Research and Development Lab (CHIRDL)

Child Health Improvement Research and Development Lab (CHIRDL) is an independent lab within the Children’s Health Services Research (CHSR) program of the Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine. CHIRDL focuses on use of health information technology (HIT) in public health and clinical practice.  Our team of physician scientists and software engineers develop information systems for use in routine clinical practice to capture and analyze health information to improve the healthcare of all children in state of Indiana.   Children’s Health Services Research and CHIRDL  have been nationally recognized for several exciting programs such as the CHICA system, a computer based decision support system and electronic medical record for primary care pediatrics that has been shown to improve care of conditions as diverse as maternal depression, asthma, and parental smoking cessation.

Faculty

Stephen M Downs, MD, MS

Stephen M Downs, MD, MS

Dr. Downs is the Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for General Pediatrics and Director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the former director of the Regenstrief Institute Biomedical Informatics Research Training Program and the Indiana Health Service Research Training Program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Medical Informatics. He is the recipient of the AAP’s Oberst Award for outstanding contributions to the use of technology in pediatrics. He is chair of the advisory committee of the Child Health Informatics Center at the AAP, and co-chaired the subcommittee on newborn screening for the American Health Informatics Community.

He received his medical degree and master’s in medical informatics from Stanford University. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served on the faculties of pediatrics, biomedical engineering and public health. His research interests include computer-based decision support systems for primary care, expected utility theory, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Aaron E Carroll, MD, MS

Aaron E Carroll, MD, MS

Aaron E. Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned a BA in chemistry from Amherst College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an MS in health services from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, cost-effectiveness, and health care reform.

Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH

Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH

Dr. Bauer is an assistant professor, children’s health services researcher and behavioral pediatrician at Indiana University School of Medicine. She also serves as the director of the IU Children’s Health Services Research fellowship program. Dr. Bauer's research objective is to improve the social-emotional health of young children through earlier identification and engagement of providers and families in the primary care setting. Dr. Bauer has led multiple studies examining innovative ways to engage pediatricians and families in primary care through brief individual interventions and systems-level interventions. She enjoys working with families and providers throughout all phases of her studies to ensure the final result is practical, feasible and useful in the busy outpatient setting. She has also delivered numerous workshops and presentations to general pediatricians with the aim of highlighting evidence-based principles for primary care management of child behavior problems, anxiety, and screening for maternal depression.

She completed her medical school training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, pediatrics training at University of California, San Diego. She did an additional specialty clinical year focusing on developmental-behavioral issues before completing training for a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington. She was also the director for the IU Department of Pediatrics developmental-behavioral pediatrics rotation from 2006-2011.

Professional Staff

Tammy Dugan

Tammy Dugan

Tammy Dugan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Christ College Scholar distinction in 2003. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Information Science degree from Purdue University. With over ten years of software development experience in medical informatics, she is the technical lead for the Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab (CHIRDL) within CHSR and directs software development efforts within the group. She is interested in machine learning and cryptographic security as it applies to clinical decision support.

David Ely

David Ely

David has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Technology from Kaplan University. He graduated in 2010 and began working as a Software Developer. David enjoys developing software that can help improve healthcare. He had four years of experience developing software in the industry prior to joining the CHIRDL team in 2015.

Htaw Htoo

Htaw Htoo

Htaw has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science with minor in Math from Purdue University. Soon after his graduation, he started his career as a software developer. He now enjoys working as a database developer, helping with different research studies.

Steven McKee

Steven McKee

Steven McKee has enjoyed being in the software development field since 2003.  He is currently working on the CHICA system which improves the quality of care for children.  He is proud to work for the CHIRDL group to make an impact on children’s lives.

Seema Sarala

Seema Sarala

Seema has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Kerala University and a Masters degree in Computer Applications from MS University. She currently works as a Software Developer with the CHIRDL group. She enjoys working as a Software Developer and feels lucky and proud to be part of a research mission which improves the delivery of primary care to children.

Meena Sheley

Meena Sheley

Meena has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University with experience in developing software in industry prior to working with the CHIRDL team.  She currently works as a software developer with a team of developers and physicians on projects that facilitate the exchange of medical information between public health and clinical care. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with a team that is making the difference in children's lives through improved healthcare.

Ashley Street

Ashley Street

Ashley received her BS degree in Informatics with a cognate in Telecommunications from Indiana University Bloomington. She worked for the University Information Technology Services in Bloomington before joining CHSR in August 2010 as a Computer Support Specialist for CHICA (Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation) and moved up to a Web/Database Developer position in August 2013. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. Ashley is extremely excited to be a part of a team dedicated to influencing the lives of children and adolescents in such a positive way.

Shawn Xu

Shawn Xu

Shawn holds his B.S. degree in Computer Technology and a Certificate in Applied Computer Science from Purdue University. He has more than three years professional experience in application development, database management, and program quality assurance. He has previously served as the IT specialist in a large jewelry corporation, the web developer/designer with a major telecommunication company in Carmel, Indiana, and the application systems analyst for the dean's office of the IU School of Medicine.

Shawn is a member of the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society, he also received a distinction certificate from the IVY Tech Second Annual Oratorical Contest. Shawn joined CHSR in October of 2007. He is the Computer Support Specialist for the CHICA (Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation) system. He is also the co-developer of CHICA systems.

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Contact Us

For more information about CHIRDL, please contact:

CHIRDL c/o
Indiana Children's Health Services Research

Health Information and Translational Sciences Building
410 W 10th Street, HS Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
Phone: (317)278-0552
Fax: (317)278-0456
or email tmdugan@iu.edu