Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, Centers for Health Services Research and Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Affiliate Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

     Dr. Dixon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His primary research focus is on the use of information and computing systems to improve public health practice and clinical outcomes. This research has included the development, testing, and implementation of measures that leverage secondary data captured from electronic health records.  Research platforms include Regenstrief Institute, Inc.'s Center for Health Services Research and Center for Biomedical Informatics - and the VA Health Services Research & Development  Center for Health Information and Communication where he is an Investigator in Residence. 


     Dr. Dixon is also involved with the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) and national HIE initiatives that aim to promote bi-directional exchange of health information to improve clinical and population health quality, effectiveness, and efficiency. His has contributed to the development and implementation of health information applications and systems, including tools supporting the standard clinical vocabulary LOINC®, technology supporting the automated electronic reporting of notifiable conditions, and tools for querying large clinical data repositories.

     Recent work includes leveraging clinical and administrative data in a health information exchange to improve public health reporting processes, disability determination, surveillance activities, continuity of care for Veterans, and community assessment. Dr. Dixon’s research also involves the evolution of information infrastructure as well as data quality to support continuous use of clinical data in support of efforts to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency.

Active Projects

I.  CDC (2013-2014)

"STD Testing, Management, and Related Clinical Outcomes in a Large Metropolitan Community" (PI)


II.  AHRQ HHSA2902008100010   (2008-2013)                  

"Clinical Decision Support Consortium (CDSC)" (PI: Blackford Middleton)

Study aimed to demonstrate technologies developed for the CDSC in two primary care practice locations in Indianapolis, Indiana utilizing the Regenstrief CareWeb EHR application. Study supports the CDSC's ongoing work to develop and evaluate open knowledge management platform for decision support tools. Role: Co-Investigator.


III. CDC 1P01HK000077  (2009-2014)

"Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics" (PI: Shaun Grannis)

The project seeks to advance public health informatics through the development and maintenance of preeminent research, education, and practice. The project will support a number of multidisciplinary research and development activities in public health informatics over five years. Current projects include integration of geospatial data into the regional health information exchange (HIE) to enhance public health surveillance and reporting activities as well as enhance future clinical decision support services; improvement of identity matching algorithms and processes; and enhancement of electronic laboratory reporting using natural language processing techniques. (Co-PI)

Selected Publications                          |                          Go To PubMed List >>

1. Dixon BE, Zhang Z, Lai PTS, Kirbiyik U, Williams J, Hills R, Revere D, Gibson PJ, Grannis SJ. Completeness and timeliness of notifiable disease reporting: a comparison of laboratory and provider reports submitted to a large county health department. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2017 Jun 23;17(1):87. doi:10.1186/s12911-017-0491-8. PubMed PMID: 28645285; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC5481902.

2. Kasthurirathne SN, Dixon BE, Gichoya J, Xu H, Xia Y, Mamlin B, Grannis SJ. Toward better public health reporting using existing off the shelf approaches: The value of medical dictionaries in automated cancer detection using plain text medical data. J Biomed Inform. 2017 May;69:160-176. doi:10.1016/j.jbi.2017.04.008. Epub 2017 Apr 12. PubMed PMID: 28410983.

3.Revere D, Hills RH, Dixon BE, Gibson PJ, Grannis SJ. Notifiable condition reporting practices: implications for public health agency participation in a health information exchange. BMC Public Health. 2017 Mar 11;17(1):247. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4156-4. PubMed PMID: 28284190; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC5346201.

4. Dixon BE, Barboza K, Jensen AE, Bennett KJ, Sherman SE, Schwartz MD. Measuring Practicing Clinicians' Information Literacy. An Exploratory Analysis in the Context of Panel Management. Appl Clin Inform. 2017 Feb 15;8(1):149-161. doi:10.4338/ACI-2016-06-RA-0083. PubMed PMID: 28197620; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC5373760.

5. Kasting ML, Wilson S, Zollinger TW, Dixon BE, Stupiansky NW, Zimet GD. Differences in cervical cancer screening knowledge, practices, and beliefs: An examination of survey responses. Prev Med Rep. 2016 Dec 21;5:169-174. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.12.013. eCollection 2017 Mar. PubMed PMID: 28050339; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5200875.

6. Vest JR, Harle CA, Schleyer T, Dixon BE, Grannis SJ, Halverson PK, Menachemi N. Getting from here to there: health IT needs for population health. Am J Manag Care. 2016 Dec;22(12):827-829. PubMed PMID: 27982666.

7. Kasting ML, Wilson S, Dixon BE, Downs SM, Kulkarni A, Zimet GD. Healthcare providers' beliefs and attitudes regarding risk compensation following HPV vaccination. Papillomavirus Res. 2016 Dec;2:116-121. PubMed PMID: 27441302; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4946644.

8. Dixon BE, Ofner S, Perkins SM, Myers LJ, Rosenman MB, Zillich AJ, French DD, Weiner M, Haggstrom DA. Which veterans enroll in a VA health information exchange program? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jan;24(1):96-105. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw058. Epub 2016 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 27274014.

9. Kasting ML, Wilson S, Dixon BE, Downs SM, Kulkarni A, Zimet GD. A qualitative study of healthcare provider awareness and informational needs regarding the nine-valent HPV vaccine. Vaccine. 2016 Mar 8;34(11):1331-4. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.01.050. Epub 2016 Feb 7. PubMed PMID: 26859240; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC4995443.

10. Dixon BE, Alzeer AH, Phillips EO, Marrero DG. Integration of Provider, Pharmacy, and Patient-Reported Data to Improve Medication Adherence for Type 2 Diabetes: A Controlled Before-After Pilot Study. JMIR Med Inform. 2016 Feb8;4(1):e4. doi: 10.2196/medinform.4739. PubMed PMID: 26858218; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC4763113.

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