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.

Ed Hammond, PhD recent interview


Ken Rubin, Director of Standards and Interoperability (VHA Office of Knowledge Based Systems) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Co-Chair of the Healthcare Domain Task Force at Object Management Group (OMG) recently interviewed Ed Hammond, PhD during an OMG technical committee (TC) meeting in Reston, VA.

The discussion included Dr. Hammond’s long standing career in health informatics and his role in the accomplishments of Health Level 7 (HL7) over the last ten years.   When asked about the TC meeting and what he saw as the key benefit to holding an event with stakeholders from many different industries, Dr. Hammond stated, “informatics has no boundaries.  It really does go across all sorts of professions.  It takes equality across multiple professions to do what we are trying to do–clinicians and technologists working together with different backgrounds solving common problems.”

Interview Link


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.



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




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

Shaw Awarded NINR Grant to Use Mobile Health Technology for Diabetes Self-Management


Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN
Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, assistant professor for Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), almost $480,000 for his study titled “From Episodic to Real-Time Care in Diabetes Self-Management.” The study will run for a three-year period.

Click Here for more details!

Richesson Presents at Nursing Big Data Conference in Minnesota

Rachel Richesson recently lead a networking discussion on “Integrating with National Research Networks and common data model, PCORnet, etc.” at the Nursing Knowledge Big Data Conference at the University of Minnesota. This year was the fourth-annual Big Data Conference that brings nationally-recognized leaders from organizations, health systems, education, and the private sector together to engage in advancing a national action plan to ensure: (a) that nursing data are captured into electronic health records and other information systems, and (b) that data are available in sharable, comparable formats for clinicians, administrators, researchers, policy makers and others to improve health outcomes.


The recent proliferation of electronic health records has great potential to advance nursing science by allowing clinical data to be re-used for research purposes, which is cheaper than de novo and prospective research data collection.  Currently, there are a number of national research networks and collaborative efforts that can be leveraged to advance nursing science. These include the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the NIH Collaboratory Distributed Research Network (DRN), and the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) program, a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary observational research collaborative. All of these networks use electronic health record (EHR) data from multiple sites to support large scale analytics and observational research. To overcome the lack of standardized data across local EHRs, these networks each have adopted common data models, which provide a standard format to transform data contained within disparate databases and support aggregate analyses. Dr. Richesson provided an update on these networks and lead a discussion with nursing on how to ensure that these data models and research networks can explicitly address nursing research questions and advance nursing science and patient care.


West featured in CTSA Profile: Promoting Informatics to Improve Human Health


Vivian West, PhD, Associate Director for the

Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI)


Ask Vivian West, PhD, what her daily routine is like and she’ll laugh. “I don’t like routine,” she says. “I’m always interested in anything new.”

That’s a useful attitude for someone involved in health informatics, the burgeoning, interdisciplinary field that includes everything from data mining, human interface design, decision support, databases, to algorithms for analyzing and visualizing massive amounts of data, all in the service of improving healthcare.

Here, in her own words, are some reflections from West on the path that has led her to serve as the Associate Director for the Duke Center for Health Informatics (link is external) (DCHI) [pronounced “dee-chee”], a program supported in part by the Duke CTSA.


***To read the entire CTSA article CLICK HERE*****

Constance Johnson, PhD, FAAN presents at July Conference on Games in Healthcare at UNC-CH

Constance Johnson, PhD, FAAN Associate Professor, Health Informatician, and Senior Research Faculty in the Duke University School of Nursing will be presenters at Serious Play Conference, a leadership gathering of thought leaders on game-based training, this July 25-28 at UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Her co-presenter is Mr. Randy Brown, the Virtual Heroes Division Manager at Applied Research Associates, Inc., a company that creates immersive training and education content for commercial, medical, and government customers.  Their session is titled:


“Supporting Chronic Disease Self-Management in a Virtual Environment:

Lessons Learned from a Diabetes Program at Duke University”


Little is known about the efficacy of health interventions in a virtual environment. This study, conducted by Duke and Virtual Heroes, constitutes an innovative step in exploring how this type of environment can be used to facilitate self-management behaviors in those with chronic diseases, in this case, diabetes. The program has good potential to improve care in an easily disseminated model that promotes cost-effective resource utilization.

Serious Play is a conference that features 60+ speakers on serious games. For more information, go to

Hammond is Keynote speaker at The 16th International HL7 Interoperability Conference (IHIC 2016)

IHICdefThe 16th International HL7 Interoperability Conference 2016

June 13-15 in Genoa, Italy


W. Ed Hammond, PhD was a Keynote Speaker at IHIC 2016 and discussed “The Elusive Search for Interoperability”.

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 aimed 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 were presented at this conference.


W. Ed Hammond, PhD serves as a panelist at eHealth Week in Amsterdam

eHealth Week

eHealth Week 2016, Amsterdam: June 9, 2016 10:30-12:30

In Search of a Digital Health Compass:

My Data, My Decision, Our ePower

Knowledge is power. Despite extensive investments in digital health technology, navigating the health system online is hard. The low adoption of eHealth services, the persistent disparities in health, and the huge opportunity that big health data provide, trigger a call for multidisciplinary action.

W. Ed Hammond, PhD served on a panel which engaged the audience to elaborate on how health systems can unlock the power of health data by targeted digital health literacy interventions that leverage opportunities for open, massive, and individualized delivery. This way, engaged and confident eHealth consumers joined health professionals and researchers to work with precision medicine, age-related health and wellness changes as well as chronic disease.

EDW. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Informatics spoke on HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and standards) initiatives in liberating the data for population health and precision medicine in the learning health system.