Having received his master’s in public health from Dartmouth Medical School, Peter Beaulieu ’04 is now a second-year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He recently co-authored a paper “Transforming administrative data into real-time information in the Department of Surgery” that was chosen as the editor’s choice by BMJ-Quality and Safety, an international journal focusing on healthcare improvement.
The paper’s abstract notes: “Cardiothoracic surgical programmes face increasingly more complex procedures performed on evermore challenging patients. Public and private stakeholders are demanding these programmes report process-level and clinical outcomes as a mechanism for enabling quality assurance and informed clinical decision-making. Increasingly these measures are being tied to reimbursement and institutional accreditation. The authors developed a system for linking administrative and clinical registries, in real-time, to track performance in satisfying the needs of the patients and stakeholders, as well as helping to drive continuous quality improvement.”
Beaulieu and his colleagues developed a relational surgical database to “link prospectively collected clinical data to administrative data sources at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,” where he is currently a quality improvement expert.
According to Beaulieu, the database detailed in the paper will give clinicians more information as to why patients are reacting or not reacting to a certain procedure or medication.
“For instance,” he says, “if fewer patients were being prescribed aspirin post-operatively (this is something we want all patients to get) then this would be reflected in real-time. Clinicians could stop and ask ‘Okay, why is that happening? Let’s fix it.'”
While at Hobart, Beaulieu majored in biology, played on the Statesmen golf and crew teams, was an R.A., a tour guide for admissions and a member of the Orange Key and Chimera honor societies, It Might Be Funny improv group and Student Life and Leadership Institute. As a first-year, he presented geological research on Lake Ontario at the National Geological Society annual meeting. He also worked for five years as a transport aide at the Maine Medical Center, assisting surgical patients. As a junior, he was called to active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as a tank resupplyman, restocking tanks for ground forces.
Beaulieu now is lives in Biddeford Pool, Maine, with his wife Jaime Pullman ’05 and their daughter, Sally.