The Digital Divide and MyChart Usage

Dr. Perzynski and his collaborators have investigated how disparities in internet access constrain use of health information technology tools for disadvantaged patients, and worked with community organizations to pilot a program that provides affordable internet access combined with digital readiness training.

Healthy Life HRA

Our team has already designed and developed the Healthy Life Health Risk Assessment (, a multi-platform health risk assessment software tool for use in primary care with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The software is being licensed to a startup company, (Global Health Metrics, LLC) co-founded by Dr. Perzynski, his colleague Dr. Sudano, Dr. Eamon Johnson and Mrs. Sandra Andrukat. This project has resulted in a patent filing, U.S. PCT Patent Application Serial No. PCT/US2015/060637 for “Method and Apparatus for Performing Health Risk Assessment, Joseph J. Sudano and Adam T. Perzynski, Inventors. The Global Health Metrics Team has recently submitted a Small Business Technology Transfer proposal to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.


The most recent prototype produced by Dr. Perzynski, Dr. Johnson and their team is, a point-of-care neighborhood risk assessment tool. This exciting work won second place for the deBeaumont Foundation "Bridging the Data Divide Challenge."

Healthy Moms HRA

The Healthy Moms Health Risk Assessment: Awarded an Honorable Mention at the first Cleveland Medical Hackathon, this software prototype ( is being piloted among young women in Cleveland in partnership with the Mom's First Initiative. Dr. Perzynski, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Sudano plan to submit a proposal for a Small Business Innovation Research grant to the National Institute for Child and Human Development in September 2016.

Video Sharing To Improve Health

Dr. Perzynski is revising a grant for resubmission to a new funding agency and has conducted multiple pilots of a video sharing project in which patients with chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes, hypertension) can share video stories of how they have worked to live healthy. Among the overall goals of this project is creation of a digital library of patient stories that promote healthy living and can be selected and personalized to the disease and personal characteristics of a given patient. A collection of videos has been assembled together with help from participants in the STRIDES weight loss program at MetroHealth Buckeye Health Center, the NINR-funded TEAM stroke prevention program for young black men who have had a stroke, and the NIMH-funded TTIM intervention for patients with diabetes and serious mental illness.

Methods in Text Mining for Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Johnson's dissertation research examines computing approaches to solving the problem of detection of incidental findings (uncertain or unexpected results) in imaging study reports. With collaborators in the Department of Radiology at MetroHealth, Dr. Johnson conducted a large scale analysis, using a corpus of 726,000 real-world radiology reports. His novel semantic analysis techniques resulted in a dramatic improvement in information extraction accuracy compared with prior techniques.

Sisters II: The Use of Virtual Reality Technology as a Motivator for Long-Term Weight Loss in Pre-Diabetic Patients

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Non-Immersive Virtual Reality (VR/Avatar) exercise were combined in this project to determine how feasible and efficacious VR/Avatar fitness gaming is in promoting exercise and weight loss among older African American women. After studying two cohorts, we found that VR/Avatar gaming was successful in promoting exercise and weight loss.

CDC Funded Epilepsy Stigma Reduction Program

Together with Dr. Martha Sajatovic and Dr. Anne Berg (Northwestern), Dr. Perzynski has worked to develop and pilot a web-based, interactive software tool that conducts a randomized comparison of strategies to reduce epilepsy stigma among youth.

ePeer app development for Spinal Cord Injury

Drs. Roach & Perzynski together with physicians in PM&R have had a letter of intent accepted for a foundation proposal to develop an ePeer application for traumatic spinal cord injury patients to utilize during acute rehabilitation.


With Metrohealth's Dr. Eileen Seeholzer, and Dr. Lynn Kam at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Department of Nutrition, Dr. Sheon is developing and testing novel uses of activity tracking devices for providing highly individualized recommendations for weight management and athletic performance. This approach could be applied to numerous conditions where individual energy expenditure patterns could reflect disease progression, treatment efficacy, or the success or failure of weight management strategies.

Improving Cardiac Outcomes through Patient Empowerment (I-COPE)

Together with Dr. Mary Dolansky, Dr. Sheon is working with Dr. Perzynski and the Media Lab to test use of low cost internet access and tablet computers to improve patients' transitions from hospital to care in the community. We predict that patients who are provided these tablets and helped to connect with the internet will show reduced readmissions and better cardiac-related health outcomes compared with other patients.