Adol Esquivel, MD, PhD
Adol Esquivel completed his medical training in Mexico and his national social service as a research fellow in 2003. Adol obtained a Master’s degree in Health Informatics in 2005 at The UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) while conducting, and publishing, important work to validate the use of digital imagery for diabetic retinopathy screening using telemedicine. Adol then continued his post graduate education and earned a Doctoral degree in Health Informatics also at UTHealth SBMI in 2008 focusing on characterizing communication between primary care providers and specialists using electronic health records to coordinate outpatient referrals. During his time as a graduate student at UTHealth SBMI, Adol often led a variety of health informatics, education and health technology related projects including The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s participation in Apple’s iTunes University initiative. He also graduated from the UTHealth MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Education Program in 2007.
Adol Esquivel currently works as the Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Performance Measures at The St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SLEHS) at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. Adol joined SLEHS in September 2010. In his current position, Adol oversees the management, integration, and coordination of all St. Luke's Episcopal Health System clinical performance measurement systems. He is responsible for clinical abstraction services, clinical databases, and quality/statistical analysis of priority populations. He ensures the use of analytic methodologies integral to the development and transmission of internal and external clinical quality performance reports and the creation of hospital and safety trending systems.
In his role as a leader in health care quality at SLEHS Adol has made it his goal to lead and facilitate the transition from mostly paper-based and manually collected performance indicators to a more automated and electronic environment through the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records and business intelligence tools.
Prior to joining SLEHS, Adol was a research associate for almost two years at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (PSCI) housed at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. As a researcher at the PSCI center Adol expanded on his doctoral topic and published a series of articles aimed at further understanding electronic communication using electronic health records.
Adol is also an adjunct faculty member at UTHealth SBMI and recently thought an independent study focusing on “The Impact of Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records on the Quality Reporting Paradigm”. Combining his responsibilities at SLEHS and his active research agenda, Adol looks forward to continue contributing to the field by providing a real world perspective on the application of biomedical informatics to solving current health care challenges.