Steven Handler

Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD is an Associate Professor with a primary appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine where he is the Director for Geriatric Telemedicine Programs. He has secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Handler also serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UPMC Community and Provider Services Division and as the Co-Director and Medical Director for Telemedicine and Health Information for the RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalization using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities in Western Pennsylvania) CMS Innovation Award. The main goal of this innovation award which is in 17 partner nursing homes, is to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations. The RAVEN project is the only CMS innovation award that has a telemedicine component to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations and CMS regards this as one of the most innovative concepts being tested as part of this evaluation.

Dr. Handler completed his medical school training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, residency at Tufts University and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a practicing geriatrician with direct patient care responsibilities in the nursing home and hospital settings. His primary research area focuses on medication and patient safety primarily in the nursing home setting. For the past decade, Dr. Handler’s research has been at the intersection of biomedical informatics and geriatrics utilizing an active medication monitoring system to detect and manage adverse drug events among older nursing home residents. More recently, he has focused on the application of telemedicine in the long-term and post-acute care settings. Dr. Handler has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in various geriatrics, nursing, informatics, health services, and patient safety journals over the past decade.

Dr. Handler brings his wealth of expertise to Curavi Health as its Chief Medical and Innovation Officer.