Parkview Research Center

Expanding the Scope of Research

As a core department of the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, Parkview Research Center has participated in over 800 research studies since its creation in 1993. Established with a team of two people, the Center now exceeds 70 team members and supports research throughout the Parkview Health System and the community with over 150 active studies.

The Clinical team conducts cutting edge drug and device research in cardiology, oncology, neurology, orthopedics, and psychiatry. The Clinical team also has a comprehensive “bench-to-bedside” translational research program.

The Health Services and Informatics Research (HSIR) team’s work focuses on social-behavioral, cardiology, public health, data science, and health informatics. The team collaborates with Parkview clinicians, patients, and community partners to conduct research ranging from focus groups and online surveys to workflow and technology evaluation, supported by their in-house User Experience lab.


Our Capabilities

The following resources and facilities are accessible for our Clinical, Health Services and Informatics Research, and Innovation work:

  • Clinical trial management system (OnCore)
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendment (CLIA) certified laboratory
  • Clinical research infrastructure
    • -20c/-80c freezers
    • Refrigerated centrifuges 
  • Compliance and regulatory services
  • Epic EMR with MyChart including an enterprise data warehouse
  • Grant preparation and technical writing
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Information Service Support
  • Project management
  • Research Electronic Data Capture system (REDCap)
  • Statistical services
  • Survey development support
  • User Experience (UX) laboratory

Featured Projects

Healthy Digital Habits in Parents of Infants

Parent smartphone use (SPU) has been negatively associated with parent-child interactions and responsiveness. Heavy SPU and social media use among adults has also been linked with poor sleep, mood, and stress, while poor parent mental health and stress are linked to more negative parent-child interactions. Thus, parent SPU during infancy and early childhood may be an important opportunity to intervene to establish healthy SPU habits, and potentially improve parent sensitivity, parent-child attachment, and more. Our aim is to examine real-time parent phone use and linkages with parent mental health. 

Digital Self-Harm

Self-harm is the infliction of pain or injury onto oneself. Historically these behaviors have been relegated to the fringes of communities. Technology now enables new ways to foster and encourage these dangerous activities. The HCI field possesses few examples of scholarship focused on self- harm. This research focuses on characterizing the presentations of non-suicidal self-harm behaviors within social computing platforms. 

Supporting Peer Recovery Coaches and Recoveree Communication with an Innovative Mobile App

The care delivery model to date for opioid use disorder is very fragmented. Individuals may receive referrals for care, but it is up to the individual to secure these services, causing many to feel lost and unable to navigate the complex world of addiction recovery. Therefore, the initial point of entry into the health system serves as an opportunity to engage individuals to begin thinking about recovery. Recognizing that many may not want to begin recovery at the initial visit, Parkview Health and a growing number of organizations have adopted a new model of care that integrates a personal “peer coach” who will make contact immediately when the recoveree enters into the health system.

COVID-19 Specific Research Activity

The Health Services and Informatics Research group at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation have been able to respond to the needs of both the health system and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engaging Patients in Heart Failure Management by Sharing Cardiac Device Data

Congestive heart failure (CHF) patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices currently have no access to their own health data from remote monitoring (RM) and do not always adhere to RM. This is important as it has been shown that RM improves health outcomes. Our aim was to build an interactive report that engages patients with their RM data on a hypothesis that having access to RM data will improve adherence as well as empower patients to seek clinical intervention before the onset of an adverse event. 

Perceptions of Telemental Health among Adolescents and Young Adults

Three-quarters of mental health disorders begin before the age of 24, however, only 1 out of every 5 of those youth receive mental health treatment. Technology has the potential to serve as a supplement or alternative to traditional mental health care and in this study, we sought to uncover the preferences of youth (age 14-24). In a survey study of over 5000, we uncovered the role, benefits, and disadvantages of telehealth in addressing mental health needs from the perspective of adolescents and young adults.