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Dr. Vinay Kini, D2V Pilot Grant Awardee

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D2V recently announced the funding of six new pilot grants for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Dr. Vinay Kini is the principal investigator on one of these projects, "Strategies to Improve Value in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Testing." This study will examine hospitals in Colorado that provide high- and low-value NCT at outlier levels. This novel data source will both generate new insights into the effect of insurance and payer mix on health care value and engage patients, providers, and health systems in identifying strategies to achieve high-value care.

We spoke to Dr. Kini about the inspiration for his research and how his goals align with the D2V mission.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

Medicine was a great way for me to help people, and at the same time pursue a career that blends both science and art.

When did you know that you wanted to focus on your particular area of research?

I’ve always been interested in how policy affects the practice of medicine. During residency I was lucky enough to be able to take a 2 week course in health policy. Up until that time the focus of my medical training was limited to patient care, largely in the hospital setting. As I learned more about how policy and payment can affect access to care, processes and structures of care, and patient outcomes, I became very interested in healthcare value. I completed a two-year master’s degree in health policy at the end of my fellowship training in cardiology, and now balance my time between  clinical cardiology and research to improve cardiovascular quality and value.

Who inspires you – either professionally, personally, or both?

I’ve always been inspired by doctors who not only take great care of their patients, but also try to move the field of medicine forward to improve patient outcomes on a large scale.

What motivated you to propose this research project, and why did you choose to work on it with D2V?

Providing patients the right care at the right time has reached new levels of importance in healthcare delivery. As a cardiologist who specializes in noninvasive testing such as echocardiography and stress testing, my goal is to improve quality and value in the use of these tests to improve patient outcomes and increase healthcare efficiency. My goals are well-aligned with D2V’s mission, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with such an accomplished group of healthcare data and value researchers.

Previous D2V Spotlight profiles:

Lucas Marzec​, D2V Pilot Grant Awardee
Andrey Soares, D2V Scholars Program Fellow​