Professor Barbara Di Eugenio of UIC Computer Science (PI), and (co-PIs) BHIS assistant professor Andrew Boyd, Pamela Martyn-Nemeth (Nursing), Richard Cameron (Linguistics), BHIS visiting associate professor Karen Dunn Lopez, Debaleena Chattopadhyay (Computer Science), Amer Ardati (Cardiology), and Carolyn Dickens (Cardiology) are the recipients of a new four-year NIH R01 award entitled “SCH: INT: MyPHA: Automatically generating personalized accounts of in‐patient hospitalization.”

This ongoing research is a collaborative effort between East and West campus. “It is wonderful to see such a truly interdisciplinary team working on a project to use fundamental computer science and linguistics techniques to benefit hospital patients,” said Prof. Robert Sloan, Computer Science Department Head.

The award is for $1,495,213, starting in August and running to July 2022.


“SCH: INT: MyPHA: Automatically generating personalized accounts of in‐patient hospitalization”

Primary Investigator:

Barbara Di Eugenio, PhD



A growing body of research has found that patients who actively manage their health have better outcomes, and patient engagement has become a central tenet in recent healthcare approaches. However, it has also been shown that many patients lack knowledge of their disease and medications, particularly as concerns chronic health conditions, whose exacerbation causes about two thirds of hospitalizations every year in the USA. Discharge instructions after hospitalization are a critical tool to engage patients in their self-care, but are often unsuccessful. Our hypothesis is that, to engage patients at discharge, a personalized hospitalization summary should be provided, that integrates physician and nurse documentation, and is informed by the patient’s level of engagement in self-care and their socio-cultural perspective. Our transformative pilot work . . .


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