Applications for CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) are open August 6, 2018- November 5. 2018. PHIFP provides on-the-job training for doctoral- or master’s-prepared professionals. While working in CDC programs to enhance the agency’s informatics workforce, fellows help state and local health departments and international public health agencies solve complex public health informatics challenges. They apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs.
Ben Goldstein, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and the co-author of “Designing Risk Prediction Models for Ambulatory No-Shows across Different Specialties and Clinics” led a live webinar to discuss and answer questions about the impact of no-shows on clinician productivity and patient outcomes.
The Duke Center for Health Informatics and Rachel Richesson, an associate professor in the Duke School of Nursing and noted informaticist, will be teaching an online course, Data Standards for Learning Health Systems, for 10 weeks, starting on September 17, 2018.
The course is part of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 Virtual Courses program. A key part of this program is offering curricular content from existing informatics training programs through online, virtual classes.
The course will explore the concept of learning health systems and closely examine the specific data standards required to support the data exchange and re-use in this context. Students will have an opportunity to define a clinical question and the various standards that can support the application and evaluation of evidence in a health care setting.
Mastering the Interoperability Challenge
July 11-12 in Portsmouth, UK
W. Ed Hammond, PhD is a Keynote Speaker at IHIC 2018 and will discuss “How do you know when you have Interoperability?”.
The IHIC is a forum for informatics practitioners and scientists to present and discuss concepts, models and implementations for innovative interoperable e-Health solutions. The conference provides an opportunity to share experiences and best practices towards the goal of interoperability across health domains. Scientific papers, demonstrations, and practice reports are presented.
On June 14, 2018, the Health Level 7 International office in Brazil held their fifth online conference of seminars related to the adoption of standards and their role in the use of health information systems. The next step is to ensure the interoperability of standards across all environments to ensure the survival of health information systems. W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Health Informatics presented Advances and Perspectives in Health Information Standards to outline the future of the field.
Dean Mary Klotman announced today the appointment of Michael Pencina, PhD, to the position of vice dean for data science and information technology for the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Pencina will begin his service effective immediately.
Currently a professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University, Dr. Pencina has also served as director of Biostatistics at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DRCI). In his new role as vice dean, Dr. Pencina will be a senior member of the dean’s leadership team, responsible for developing and implementing quantitative science strategies as they pertain to the education and training, and laboratory, clinical science, and data science missions of the School of Medicine. He will lead the School’s IT strategic direction and investments, working in collaboration with the vice presidents and chief information officers of Duke Health and Duke University’s Office of Information Technology.
Dr. Pencina received his PhD in Mathematics and Statistics from Boston University. He joined the Duke faculty in 2013. Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Pencina served as an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Boston University and the Framingham Heart Study and as director of Statistical Consulting at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute.
Jessica Tennenbaum, PhD has been appointed to a multi-year term on the Boards of Scientific Counselors (BSCs). BSCs were established in 1956 “to advise the Scientific Directors (SDs) on the quality of the intramural research programs for which they are responsible.” BSCs are composed of “individuals who have outstanding scientific credentials and who are committed to providing rigorous, objective reviews. Although the principal purpose of these independent evaluations is to advise the SDs, the reports of the BSCs are distributed to the Director, National Institutes of Health, the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, and the appropriate Institute or Center (IC) Director.” The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications is one of two intramural Centers within the National Library of Medicine.
Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7, FIAHSI and Amy Nordo, MMCi, BSN, CPHQ traveled to DC to provide an update on the eSource collaboration project between the FDA, CDISC, Industry and Research Sites. As well as, additional initiatives unique to Duke that impact clinical research and clinical care.
In March, 2018 Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7, FIAHSI and Amy Nordo, MMCi, BSN, CPHQ hosted a team from Pfizer to progress their partnership in the eSource collaboration project between the FDA, CDISC, Industry and Research Sites. During their visit, they enjoyed a tour of the Innovation Studio, a brainstorming session with the Duke Clinical Research Institutes (DCRI) and a discussion with Matthew Harker, Director of the Analytics Center of Excellence (ACE) Research Customer Solutions at Duke University Health System.
Amy Nordo, MMCi, BSN, CPHQ was invited to participate on a panel consisting of industry, NIH and CDISC partners to represent the work currently being conducted by academic medical centers in eSource. This two day conference , held April 4-5 in National Harbor MD, brought together stakeholders from all areas impacted by clinical research to collaborate on ways to bridge the gap between clinical care and clinical research.