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Laura Gardner

Laura Gardner

Laura B. Gardner, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is chief scientist and vice president, products, CLARA analytics. She is an expert in analyzing U.S. health and workers’ compensation data with a focus on predictive modeling, outcomes assessment, design of triage and provider evaluation software applications, program evaluation and health policy research. She is a successful entrepreneur, with more than 20 years of experience in starting and building Axiomedics Research.

Dr. Gardner earned her bachelor’s degree in biology (magna cum laude) from Brandeis University, her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and both an M.P.H. in health policy and a Ph.D. in health economics from the University of California at Berkeley. As a physician, she is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health and is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Recent Articles by Laura Gardner

Taming of the Skew in Healthcare Data

In the comedy by William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew,” the main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, uncooperative shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio breaks down her resistance with various psychological torments, which make up the “taming” — until she finally becomes agreeable. […]

Cycle Time Is King in Workers’ Comp

Workers’ compensation is essentially a collection of related actions taken by the employer, payer, provider and injured worker in the service of the injured worker’s recovery and return to work. Putting the injured worker at the center of this activity is critical, as discussed in the previous article in this series, Five Best Practices to […]

4 Ways Machine Learning Can Help

Why should you care about machine learning (ML)? ML essentially refers to the phenomenon of computers and other devices that appear to be intelligent because they can learn from patterns in the environment to achieve a specified goal or predict an outcome. These patterns could come from a variety of sources, such as images, voice, […]

5 Best Practices on Injured Workers

Putting the injured worker first is key to the “advocacy-based claims model,” which puts the worker at the center of all activity. Until now, most employers have focused on corporate outcomes, with goals such as cutting costs and reducing days lost. But experts now say focusing on the worker can improve all outcomes. The stories […]

Opioids: Invading the Workplace

America’s employers are facing a serious drug problem. A 2015 survey of 200 Indiana-based companies conducted by the National Safety Council and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office indicated that a staggering 80% of the state’s employers have had problems with employees abusing prescription opioids such as Vicodin and OxyContin. “We would expect very similar results in […]

In Opioid Guidelines We Trust?

A common recommendation to combat the current opioid epidemic is to provide physicians with opioid prescribing guidelines. Opioid guidelines synthesize the available research to inform judicious prescribing behaviors and safe dosages when opioids are needed. Given the seriousness of the opioid epidemic, it is not surprising that multiple organizations currently produce opioid prescribing guidelines. Opioid […]

3 Perspectives on Opioid Crisis in WC

Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of opioids in workers’ compensation. Opioids are being prescribed for many conditions for which they were not originally intended. Efforts have begun across the U.S. to create opioid treatment guidelines, change medical practice patterns and curb the opioid epidemic. While much […]

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