Genna Cohen is a doctoral candidate in the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Health Services Organization and Policy. Her research is driven by an interest in the mechanisms of physician practice performance improvement. As a result, her current work centers around use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records, and participation in pay-for-performance programs.
Genna's dissertation uses mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to study variation in EHR documentation in primary care practices, drawing on data from a hosted electronic health record vendor to measure prevalence and conducting qualitative interviews to understand impact. Her dissertation is funded by an AHRQ R36 dissertation grant and a University of Michigan Rackham Predoctoral fellowship. Genna is also working on a mixed-method study to identify strategies that primary care practices can use to help improve their care of complex, costly patients, funded by the Commonwealth Fund. This project is an extension of previous work Genna has conducted with Dr. Christy Lemak evaluating the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Physician Group Incentive Program.
Genna has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Her official biography from the School of Public Health can be found here.