Saint Louis University

Associate Professor
Director, SLUCOR Consulting Practice
Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research
Department of Internal Medicine (School of Medicine)
Department of Health Management and Policy (College for Public Health & Social Justice)
Senior Analytics Advisor, Midwest Health Initiative

armbrees@slu.edu
Office: (314) 977-9300
Salus Center, Office 416
3545 Lafayette Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104

BIOGRAPHY

Chronic disease management is the focus of Dr. Eric Armbrecht's work as a professor, data scientist, and public health advocate. For more than 15 years, he has designed, implemented, and evaluated health improvement strategies across diverse populations and settings, including health care systems, community-based organizations and government agencies. He balances technical mastery of data analysis with keen attention to how information is packaged and communicated.

Dr. Armbrecht serves as Senior Analytics Advisor for the Midwest Health Initiative, a non-profit community-based organization that maintains a regularly-updated, longitudinal warehouse of health insurance claims (medical and pharmacy) representing 1.5 million people from Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. His experience with big data and expertise in statistical analysis is supporting the Midwest Health Initiative's drive to improve quality and affordability.

In addition to teaching and leading funded research projects, Dr. Armbrecht directs SLUCOR's consulting practice. The practice partners with academic, government, corporate and non-profit clients to study effectiveness and value across the health care system. Through his consulting engagements, he has analyzed hundreds of datasets ranging in size and complexity from a few carcinoma cases to 7+ million hospital discharges. The projects have spanned many analytic challenges and medical sub-specialties, including pediatrics, dermatology, cardiology, surgery, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Armbrecht completed undergraduate studies in the science-business program at the University of Notre Dame. He earned and a Ph.D. in health services research / outcomes research from Saint Louis University and a M.S. in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. He has held leadership positions at a health technology start-up company, alliance of large employers, and community health coalition. Dr. Armbrecht is involved in St. Louis-based entrepreneurial ventures to develop innovative technologies and programs for the well-being of people with chronic conditions.

He was raised in Madison, Indiana, an historic town nestled along the Ohio River between Louisville and Cincinnati. He and his wife Cheryl live in St. Louis with their three children.

EDUCATION

  • B.S. University of Notre Dame (science-business program)
  • M.S. Johns Hopkins University (biotechnology)
  • Ph.D. Saint Louis University (health services research / outcomes research)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Chronic Disease Management (e.g., Diabetes, Childhood Asthma, Heart Failure)
  • Health Insurance Claims Data
  • Quality Measurement and Reporting
  • Program Evaluation
  • Database Design
  • Strategic Planning
  • Health Care Financing & Policy
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health Insurance Plan Benefit Design
  • Medical Business Ethics

PUBLICATIONS

Find me on ResearchGate.net

ACTIVE RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Big Data Analytic Tools
  • Quality Measurement
  • Innovative Primary Care Delivery Models
  • Diabetes Management
  • Co-production and Patient Engagement
  • Data Visualization and Clinical Decision-making

COURSES

  • ORES 5160: Data Management
  • ORES 5100: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • ORES 2310: Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • UNIV1010: University 101 Enhancing First Year Success

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS

  • SLUCare-SSM Triple Aim Committee
  • Saint Louis University MyCare Program Leadership Team (a patient-centered medical home)
  • Academy Health
  • Academy for Healthcare Improvement
  • American Evaluation Association

SELECTED COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • St. Louis Diabetes Coalition
  • Little Flower School
  • Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America - St. Louis Chapter, Health Policy Committee
  • State of Missouri Chronic Disease Coordinating Council
  • State of Missouri Children's Services Commission Subcommittee on Childhood Obesity