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E2: A Data-Based Approach

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MetroHealth has a comprehensive system of dashboards and tools within their electronic health record to aid providers in making informed choices when it comes to prescribing for their patients. In this episode, we examine these tools as a case study in what hospital systems can do to increase ease of safer prescribing measures in the everyday practices of doctors.


Jonathan Siff, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAMIA is the Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer and a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. MetroHealth is the safety net hospital for Cuyahoga County, Ohio which includes Cleveland.

Dr. Siff leads a team of over thirty provider informaticists who are engaged in a wide range informatics projects throughout the health system. Dr. Siff serves as the informatics and technology lead for MetroHealth’s opioid executive leadership team and is on the steering committee for the Office of Opioid Safety. He has spoken nationally on the use of technology and governance to help address the opioid epidemic. His other interests include provider engagement, electronic health record (EHR) user education, and strengthening compliance through the use of the EHR.

Dr. Siff holds a BA in Chemistry and a MBA in Finance from Miami University. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1995. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Siff is also a Professor of Emergency Medicine on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


Peter Lawson joined MetroHealth in 2014. While serving in his first role as analyst organizing data to improve outcomes in the Office of Patient Experience, Peter has worked with a wide range of clinical and operational leaders to bring analytics to bear on key challenges facing the MetroHealth System. Since joining the Department of Operations Research & Analytics as a founding member of its leadership team, Peter has played a key role in establishing Tableau as MetroHealth’s enterprise data visualization platform and developing an enterprise data warehouse. A trained medical anthropologist, Peter also holds advanced degrees in public health and business administration from the Case Western Reserve University schools of medicine and management respectively. Like so many others, Peter has witnessed first-hand the destructive power of addiction and the suffering that it inflicts on individuals and families, as well as the hope offered by compassionate care providers as they guide patients to restored health and well-being. And so Peter has been honored to serve as a collaborator with the Office of Opioid Safety, developing dashboards and scorecards that have tracked the organization’s progress in reducing the amount of opioids prescribed and provided insight into patterns of prescribing across for clinical leaders across the organization.


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The Team

Libbey Pelaia

Libbey Pelaia (host) is an educator within the Office of Opioid Safety and has a demonstrated history of leading initiatives within the healthcare, research, and higher education sectors.

Hannah Rae Leach

Producer & Engineer
Hannah Rae Leach (producer and engineer) is a Cleveland-based audio producer, writer, musician, and newly-minted advocate for opioid safety.

Joan Papp, MD FACEP

Joan Papp, MD FACEP is the founder and Medical Director of the Office of Opioid Safety at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Karolyn Tibayan

Karolyn Tibayan is the Director of the Office of Opioid Safety at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Sean Rule-Hoffman

Mix Engineer
Sean Rule-Hoffman (mix engineer) earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

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