Edward Ewen, M.D.

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Edward Ewen, M.D.

Edward Ewen, M.D.

Director of Clinical Data and Analytics

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Clinical Performance Improvement
  • Business Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Data Warehousing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Primary Care Medicine


  • B.S., Biology, University of Notre Dame
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center
  • M.D., Medical School, University of Illinois at Chicago

Edward Ewen, M.D.

Director of Clinical Data and Analytics

Dr. Edward Ewen is Director of Clinical Data and Analytics for ChristianaCare. He leads his organization’s enterprise information management program and is responsible for coordinating and setting strategy for its data warehousing, data governance, and business analytics activities. He has over 25 years’ experience in health care data warehousing and analytics. He is board certified in both Clinical Informatics and Internal Medicine with over 30 years of clinical practice in both primary care and hospitalist medicine.


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Selected Papers and Publications

Efficiency and economic benefits of a payer-based electronic health record in an emergency department

Academic Emergency Medicine

Objectives: The objective was to evaluate the use of a payer-based electronic health record (P-EHR), which is a clinical summary of a patient's medical and pharmacy claims history, in an emergency department (ED) on length of stay (LOS) and plan payments.

Methods: A large urban ED partnered with the dominant health plan in the region and implemented P-EHR technology in September 2005 for widespread use for health plan members presenting to the ED. A retrospective observational study design was used to evaluate this previously implemented P-EHR. Health plan and electronic hospital data were used to identify 2,288 ED encounters. Encounters with P-EHR use (n = 779) were identified between September 1, 2005, and February 17, 2006; encounters from the same health plan (n = 1,509) between November 1, 2004, and March 31, 2005, were compared. Outcomes were ED LOS and plan payment for the ED encounter. Analyses evaluated the effect of using the P-EHR in the ED setting on study outcomes using multivariate regressions and the nonparametric bootstrap.

Antibiotic prescribing by telephone in primary care

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Objectives: Little is known about the contribution of telephone-based prescribing on overall antibiotic utilization. The objective of this study was to determine the extent and characteristics of telephone-based antibiotic prescribing in teaching and non-teaching primary care practices.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study included all patients (n = 114 610) cared for by teaching and non-teaching internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, and obstetrics/gynecology practices (n = 19) affiliated with a large US healthcare system during 2006-2010 and using a common electronic medical record. Rates and types of antibiotics prescribed by teaching and non-teaching practices via telephone contact and office visit were compared among the overall cohort. All telephone-related prescriptions during 2008 underwent chart review to determine indications for antibiotic prescribing.

Using the AUDIT-PC to predict alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Background: Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) occurs when alcohol-dependent individuals abruptly reduce or stop drinking. Hospitalized alcohol-dependent patients are at risk. Hospitals need a validated screening tool to assess withdrawal risk, but no validated tools are currently available.

Objective: To examine the admission Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-(Piccinelli) Consumption (AUDIT-PC) ability to predict the subsequent development of AWS among hospitalized medical-surgical patients admitted to a non-intensive care setting.

Comparative effectiveness research using electronic health records: impacts of oral antidiabetic drugs on the development of chronic kidney disease

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Purpose: Little is known about the comparative effects of common oral antidiabetic drugs ([OADs] metformin, sulfonylureas, or thiazolidinediones [THZs]) on chronic kidney disease (CKD) outcomes in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and followed in community primary care practices. Electronic health records (EHRs) were used to evaluate the relationships between OAD class use and incident proteinuria and prevention of glomerular filtration rate decline.

Methods: A retrospective cohort study on newly diagnosed T2D cases requiring OADs documented in the EHRs of two primary care networks between 1998 and 2009 was conducted. CKD outcomes were new-onset proteinuria and estimated GFR (eGFR) falling below 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2). OAD exposures defined cohorts. Hazard ratios represent differential CKD outcome risk per year of OAD class use.

Cost effectiveness of enoxaparin in acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: the ExTRACT-TIMI 25 (Enoxaparin and Thrombolysis Reperfusion for Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment [...]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Objectives: We used a U.S. model of health care costs to examine the cost effectiveness of enoxaparin compared with unfractionated heparin (UFH) as adjunctive therapy for fibrinolysis in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

Background: The ExTRACT-TIMI 25 (Enoxaparin and Thrombolysis Reperfusion for Acute Myocardial Infarction Treatment-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 25) study, a large, randomized, multinational trial, demonstrated a reduction in death or nonfatal myocardial infarction when enoxaparin was used instead of UFH as adjunctive therapy for fibrinolysis in patients with STEMI.