Hammond is Keynote Speaker at The 17th International HL7 Interoperability Conference (IHIC 2017)

Oct 22-24 in Athens, Greece

 

W. Ed Hammond, PhD will be a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming IHIC 2017 Conference.

The IHIC is a forum for implementers and scientists to present and discuss concepts, models and implementations for innovative interoperable e-Health solutions. The conference aims to play the role of an interface between science, research, and practice with regards to interoperability in the health and social care domain to share experiences and best practices. Scientific papers, demonstrations, and practice reports will be presented at this conference.

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Vivian West, PhD featured in NCHICA Podcast

NCHICA has launched a new podcast series designed to highlight current trends in IT.  The first four podcasts are discussions with speakers at the 22nd Annual Conference in Durham, N.C. September 11-13, 2017 at the Durham Convention Center, including one that is a discussion between Vivian West, PhD, MBA, RN, Associate Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics and host Janet Kennedy, President and Podcast Host of Get Social Health.  The topic of the discussion and the upcoming session at the annual conference is Artifical Intelligence.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Richesson Appointed DCHI Associate Director of Research

Richesson Appointed DCHI Associate Director of Research

Rachel Richesson, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke University School of Nursing, has been appointed Associate Director of Research at the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI). She has a PhD and MS in Health Informatics and an MPH in Community Health Practice from the University of Texas.. She is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. She edited the first and only textbook on the topic of Clinical Research Informatics, published in 2012 (Springer). Director of the DCHI Ed Hammond, PhD, expressed his enthusiasm about Dr. Richesson joining the leadership  of DCHI: “We are so excited to include her as part of our leadership team, her expertise in informatics will be invaluable as we strive to promote research in the field .”

Dr. Richesson lectures on various topics related to data standards and interoperability for a number of programs at Duke. During her extensive research career, she has directed the identification and implementation of data standards for multi-national multi-site clinical research and epidemiological studies, including the NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, and The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study.  She also helped to design and implement the RDCRN Contact Registry for over 150 rare diseases and supports various patient and disease advocacy organizations to develop patient registries for a number of other conditions.  Dr. Richesson served as co-chair the RDCRN Standards and Registry Committees, and has interacted with a number standards development organizations to represent the clinical research perspective. As part of her original informatics research, she has implemented and evaluated specific standardized coding systems (e.g., SNOMED CT, RxNorm and NDF-RT) in research settings and explored the coverage of these coding systems for various research projects. Further, she works with a number of multi-disciplinary teams to demonstrate how these and other data standards can be used to facilitate the analysis of large data sets to answer important population health questions.

Dr. Richesson currently leads the Phenotype & Data Quality Core for the NIH Health Systems Research Collaboratory, which is developing standards and quality metrics for clinical phenotyping using EHR data in pragmatic clinical trials. As part of the PCORnet Coordinating Center, she participated in developing and promoting standardized approaches for cohort identification using EHRs, including the development of “gold standard” definitions and measuring the predictive value of EHR query algorithms. She also co-led the PCORnet Rare Diseases Task Force with Dr. Priya Kishnani (Duke School of Medicine).

Dr. Richesson is the PI of NLM-funded research to develop a decision support readiness assessment model using specific data requirements for a number of clinical guidelines recommended for emergency medicine, and a co-investigator on a study aiming to improve patient outcomes for individuals with sickle cell diseases that includes the use of a national registry. She has served on a number of leadership roles at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), including the Publications Task Force and the Clinical Research Informatics Working Group. She was Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2014 Clinical Research Informatics Summit, and is on the planning committee for the 2016 AMIA Policy Invitational Summit and the American College of Informatics annual meeting in 2017. Currently, Dr. Richesson is co-chair of the AMIA HIT Standards Advisory Group with Dr. Christopher Chute (Johns Hopkins University).

In her role as Associate Director of Research for DCHI, Dr. Richesson will help promote biomedical informatics research at Duke by collaborating with DCHI on its interdisciplinary approach for education and research designed to bring together informaticians, physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health.

Fall 2017 Informatics Seminar Series

 

Seminar Schedule

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.

The Fall 2017 Informatics Seminars Series will begin on Wednesday,  August 30th at 4:00-5:00pm. A list of the dates for all of the 11 Fall 2017 seminar presentations are listed below. All seminars are held on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00pm in the Hock Auditorium.

 

Date
Speaker
Seminar

Location
Topic
Aug 30 Susan Spratt, MD Duke Phenotypes for Diabetes in Research Using E.H.R. data
Sept 6 Michael Kosorok, PhD UNC-CH Machine Learning: For Robust and Refined Data-Drive Decision Making
Sept 13 Zbigniew W. Ras, PhD, DSc UNC-C Reduction of Re-Admissions to Hospitals Based on Actionable Knowledge Discovery and Personalization
Sept 20 David Michael, MD ECU Medication Reconciliation
Sept 27 Stephanie Bryant, MS NCCU Data Collection: Precision Medicine and Learning Health Systems
Oct 4 Michael Pencina, PhD Duke  Statin Study from NHANES
Oct 11 Nia S. Mitchell, MD, MPH NCCU Evidenced Based Data Study on Weight Loss Programs
Oct 18 Alexander Turchin, MD, MS Duke Using EMR Data for Clinical Research: Experience and Practical Implications
Oct 25 Juhee Kim, ScD & Akshat Kapoor, PhD ECU Weighing the Odds: Problem List Omissions and Patient Portal Utility among Obese Patients
Nov 1 Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, MBA UNC-CH Advanced Analytics Adoption at UNC Health Care System: A Case Study
Nov 8 Andrew Wang, MD Duke  Development of  Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Care Application

If you have any questions about the upcoming seminars please contact Pegeen Ryan-Murray at pjm15@duke.edu.

 

 

 

Please see our 2017 page for the Spring 2017 archived seminars.

Richesson Invited Expert for Registry Trials Project Meeting

Rachel Richesson, PhD was the invited expert for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative Registry Trials Project Expert Meeting in Silver Spring, MD on March 30, 2016. The project focuses on the potential to increase efficiencies and decrease costs throughout the ecosystem by embedding clinical trials within registries. During the expert meeting, participants discussed opportunities to use clinical registries in Clinical Trials.

Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) is a public-private partnership to identify and promote practices that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials. Once a specific aspect of the clinical trials process is targeted for improvement, CTTI establishes a project in order to more thoroughly explore the various elements that create the issue at hand. It is comprised of more than 60 organizations from across the clinical trial enterprise. CTTI was established in 2007 by the US Food and Drug Administration and Duke University. CTTI’s approach includes conducting projects to better understand the range of current practices, assess alternative approaches, understand barriers to change, and propose recommendations for improvement. Each member contributes their ideas for projects, participates in their conduct and analysis, and are committed to disseminating CTTI recommendations and encouraging adoption of system changes that will improve the efficiency of clinical trials. CTTI projects result in a variety of deliverables, or products, which can then be used to promote adoption and implementation of the ensuing recommendations.

Hammond writes Foreword for “Electronic Health Records for Quality Nursing and Health Care” Reference Book about EHR Implementation and Utilization

W. Ed Hammond, PhD writes the foreword for a newly published comprehensive reference book titled, “Electronic Health Records for Quality Nursing and Health Care” . The book is written by author, Tiffany Kelley, Ph.D., MBA, RN, Founder and CEO, Nightingale Apps, LLC, Affiliate, Duke University, Associate Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University and is published by DEStech Publications, Inc.

Excerpt from the Dr. Hammond’s foreword:

“The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is the centerpiece of the effective use of informatics in health and health care. As we create big data and increasingly depend on decision making with Computer Decision Support, quality becomes a major concern. We are not yet at the level of quality we need for the important use of data and extraction of knowledge. Electronic Health Records for Quality Nursing & Health Care provides an opportunity to view the changing roles of nurses to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by technology and the use of that technology for healthcare. The book is an easy read and is applicable for undergraduate or graduate work, or even just for someone interested in the field. The book addresses the right level of depth on a topic–deep enough for the reader to have a good understanding yet not get bogged down in too many details…”