Project Overview +

Gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses are highly prevalent and expensive conditions. The goal is to develop and validate an evidence-based tool to assist clinicians in diagnosing, educating, and managing GI patients within the context of everyday practice. The MyGIhealth platform includes a new GI review of systems questionnaire that is administered through electronic portals (including personal computers and tablet devices) to collect, categorize, and interpret GI symptoms in a uniform and clinically useful manner. MyGIhealth is designed for use within everyday practice to help clinicians perform assessments and provide tailored feedback to their GI patients.

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Aims +

CHCR has prime responsibility for developing educational materials for patients and for physicians. The materials are hosted on a website that can be accessed by the patient at home or via the UCLA provider interface in clinic. The website includes plain language explanations (via text and animations) of the 8 symptom areas and their causes.

Participants +

Clinic patients at UM and UCLA.

Intervention +

Before meeting their GI provider, patients complete the electronic questionnaire either at home (on a PC) or in the waiting room (on a tablet device). This generates a standardized, integrated symptom output that is available either in paper or electronic form, including formats that can integrate with electronic medical records.

This integrated symptoms summary allows providers to quickly and accurately understand the patient's clinical profile and assist in focusing attention on the primary complaints. By doing so, MyGIhealth helps providers to achieve a deeper, more complete understanding of the patient's clinical complaints in less time than the typical patient-provider encounter.

Moreover, MyGIhealth asks patients about their educational needs, and uses these data, coupled with symptom reporting, to recommend a tailored "educational prescription" that is available through a unique online MyGIhealth site aligned with the GI symptom questionnaire. The clinician "prescribes" the educational materials to their GI patients, who then receive access to the online MyGIhealth educational site. This ensures that no GI patient leaves "empty handed;" the clinician instead offers a patient-centered program that is evidence-based, actionable, and designed to enhance patient care, even outside the walls of the clinic.

My GI Health

11/01/2011 - 10/31/2014


Ironwood Foundation

Principal Investigators:

William D. Chey, MD
Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS


Lawrence C. An, MD
Roger Bolus, PhD
Lin Chang, MD