Schedule for Duke presenters at AMIA

The AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium is being held on November 14-18 in San Francisco, CA at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.  This year there are several presentations by Duke faculty. You can find the schedule below with times, topics, and locations of each presentation.


November 14, 2015

8:30am-12:00pm Biomedical and Health     Informatics Curricula:       Development of                 Recommendations for       Evaluation Courses Catherine K. Craven; Eric Eisenstein; Saif Khairat; Farah Magrabi; Charlene Weir WG01 Yosemite A



November 15, 2015


8:30am-12:00pm Innovation in Standards & Standards Development: Advances in Standards           Methodologies &               Implementation Charles Jaffe; Douglas B. Fridsma; Stan Huff;       Christopher G. Chute; John D. Halamka; William E.   Hammond T07 Continental 1/2
3:30pm-5:00pm AMIA members’ “vital signs”: what the HIT implementation listserv says about goals for AMIA and for medical     informatics Kourosh Ravvaz; Craig Kuziemsky; Ross Koppel; Bonnie Kaplan; Samantha Adams; Martha B. Adams S07 Yosemite C

November 16, 2015

8:30am-10:00am Using PopMedNet to Support a Multi-Site Research       Network: Lessons from PCORnet Jessica Malenfant; Jessica L. Sturtevant; Laura G. Qualls; Kyle Erickson; Lesley H. Curtis; Jeffrey Brown S18 Imperial A
10:30am-12:00pm PCORnet Implementation of PopMedNet Data   Characterization Tool Jessica L. Sturtevant; Jessica Malenfant; Melanie Davies; Jose Rodrigues; Laura G. Qualls;   Lesley H. Curtis; Jeffrey Brown S29 Continental 7/8/9
1:45pm-3:15pm Are Meaningful Use         Requirements Really     Meaningful for Medication Use? Experiences from the Field and Future               Opportunities Sarah P. Slight; Eta S. Berner; William Galanter; Stanley M. Huff; Bruce L. Lambert; Carole Lannon; Christoph U. Lehmann; Brian J. McCourt; Michael McNamara; Nir Menachemi; Thomas Payne; Stephen A Spooner; Gordon Schiff; Tracy Y. Wang; Ayse Akincigil; Stephen Cystal; Stephen P. Fortmann;     Meredith L Vandermeer; David W. Bates S41 Plaza B

Suresh Balu and W. Ed Hammond both identified as one of the 50 Top Healthcare IT Experts by HealthData Management

HealthData Management has released an exclusive list of the 50 Top Healthcare IT experts. These 50 individuals are described as “some of the guiding lights of the industry” by HealthData Management. Of these 50 individuals, two are within the Duke University community! Suresh Balu, MBA, Program Director for The Duke Institute for Health Innovation and W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Informatics are both featured in this list.


Suresh Balu- Top 50 Healthcare IT Experts

Suresh Balu

Program Director, The Duke Institute for Health Innovation

Suresh is the Director of Strategy & Innovation and is the Program Director for Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI). He provides strategy consulting to several groups at Duke.


Ed- 50 Top Healthcare IT Expert headshot

Ed Hammond, PhD

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Dr. Hammond has extensive experience in the design and implementation of electronic health records, starting in 1970. He is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) at Duke University. He has been a key spokesman for the healthcare IT industry and is an early innovator in health informatics. He has been honored and recognized with numerous awards for his achievements throughout the years.


A link to their listing is in the following link to Part 1 of the Top 50 Healthcare IT Experts

Link to Part 2 of the Top 50 Healthcare IT Experts

*Part 1 and Part 2 names are listed in alphabetical order

Suresh Balu is featured on slide 2

Ed Hammond, PhD is featured on slide 21



West Presents at The Decision Sciences Institute 2015 Annual Conference

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Decisions Sciences in the 21st Century:

Theoretical Impact and Practical Relevance

Seattle, Washington

46th Annual Meeting

November 21-24, 2015

The Decision Sciences Institute’s (DSI) 2015 Annual Conference was held on November 21st through 24th in Seattle, Washington. The theme of this year’s conference was, “Decision Sciences in the 21st Century: Theoretical Impact and Practical Relevance.” The conference encompassed over 320 sessions with 800+ abstracts, full papers, panels, and workshops. There were two main pillars of focus of discussion: (1) research and (2) education/professional development.

Vivian West, PhD, Associate Director for DCHI was Chair for a session entitled Research-Healthcare: Factors Contributing for Health Knowledge Build-up. She presented a full paper entitled “An Evaluation of Machine Learning Methods and Visualization of Results to Characterize Large Healthcare Document Collections”; authors were Vivian West, PhD (Duke), Davis Borland, PhD (UNC-CH), David West, PhD (ECU) and W. Ed Hammond, PhD (Duke). West explains that; “the research referenced in the paper is an exploratory analysis of the abilities of machine learning algorithms (namely text mining and interactive visualization) to analyze large collections of health care research documents.” Preliminary results from the analysis of 391 documents describing research in health care information visualization were presented.”

WNCN Interviews Ricky Bloomfield, MD & Ed Hammond, PhD about the Future of Healthcare using Mobile Apps

Ed- Apple HealthKit Mobile App
Dr. Ed Hammond demonstrates how the HealthKit app looks and operates

On November, 23rd WNCN featured a news segment interviewing two Duke University faculty involved in Apple’s HealthKit App. Ricky Bloomfield, M.D. and Ed Hammond, PhD. HealthKit is technology that allows patients to track and share health data using their mobile phones. Patients are able to send their health information directly to physicians in real-time, which can facilitate a quicker diagnosis or intervention.

HealthKit App Example 2

Duke is one of the first hospitals in the nation testing this new program Dr. Ed Hammond, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Informatics, is an active participant in the pilot study for Apple’s HealthKit platform and has already seen positive results from its use. He takes his pulse and blood pressure and enters the results into the HealthKit App on his phone, which sends the results instantly to his physician. He saw the benefits this past May when he began experiencing dizzy spells associated with a dropping blood pressure. At that time he was in France and nowhere near his personal physician. His physician, who received the data about Dr. Hammond’s decreasing blood pressure readings, was able to make the necessary adjustments to Dr. Hammond’s medication to treat the condition.

Dr. Bloomfield is the Director of Mobile Technology at Duke Medicine and predicts that the HealthKit App will have positive benefits for the future of patient health, noting that the app can track a variety of health data including patients with heart disease. Dr. Bloomfield stated that the ultimate goal of the HealthKit App is to be able to help patients before anything serious occurs and the patient needs to go to the hospital. The mobile app can facilitate health care before the health issue becomes worse, with patients staying healthier with intervention from physicians who make quicker and better decisions about their care.



Dr. Ed Hammond Awarded William W. Stead Award for “Thought Leadership in Informatics” at AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium

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Dr. Ed Hammond accepts the William W. Stead award for "Thought Leadership in Informatics". The award is presented to him by Bill Stead!
Dr. Ed Hammond accepts the William W. Stead award for “Thought Leadership in Informatics”. The award is presented by William W. Stead, MD, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs; Chief Strategy Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) awarded Dr. Ed Hammond with the William W. Stead Award for “Thought Leadership in Informatics” on November 15th during AMIA’s Annual Symposium in San Francisco, CA.

The William W. Stead Award acknowledges people who have significantly influenced thinking about informatics, especially improving health and health care in ways that are visionary and transformative “AMIA is proud to honor Ed Hammond with the Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics,” said AMIA Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We congratulate Dr. Hammond on his exceptional accomplishments, and thank him for his leadership and influence on the field of informatics, and commitment to AMIA’s mission.”

To read the AMIA  article about Dr. Hammond’s award click here!

 AMIA 2015 Signature Award Winners!

The AMIA Signature Awards program provides an opportunity for AMIA members at different stages of their careers to be recognized for significant contributions to the field of informatics.

  • Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD, FACMI Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence
  • Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics
  • John D. Halamka, MD, MS, FACMI Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics
  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, FACMI Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award
  • W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics
  • Rong Xu, PhD AMIA New Investigator Award

Hammond is featured as a Keynote Speaker at 5th Annual IntegraTe Conference

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The 2015 IntegraTe Annual Conference met on November 4th, 2015 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The conference brought over 400 healthcare professionals together to hear compelling education topics geared towards executives in Healthcare IT. Dr. Ed Hammond was a Keynote speaker at the conference where he spoke about the role of interoperability standards with an emphasis on FHIR. The talk provided an overview of FHIR as well as a talk about LHS, Precision Medicine, Big Data, and Population Health as an application of FHIR.

View Dr. Hammond’s PowerPoint Presentation Here! IntegraTe FLA Hammond


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Hammond Participates in HL7 Strategy Meeting





Dr. Ed Hammond represented Duke on October 21st, 2015 at the HL7 Sponsored Industry Roadmap Meeting in Chicago, IL. Thirty healthcare industry stakeholders were asked to help develop a 5-year industry roadmap to achieve and advance interoperability. The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a standard for document markup of clinical documents, was discussed in detail; HL7 has a 5-year grant to enhance the CDA and refine some of its functionality. Other important topics discussed included Meaningful Use and information exchange between clinical systems. A follow-up meeting is planned for February to continue the efforts. To find out more about this meeting CLICK HERE.

Informatics Research Seminar: Using Real-World Data for Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Studies

November 11 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Christina Mack, PhD, MSPH
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar



This webinar will focus on the strengths and limitations of using existing data sources to address new research questions, in comparison to developing new, prospective patient registries. Dr. Mack will review factors for deciding whether to use existing data sources or collect new data and issues to consider when selecting a data source, drawing on case studies of hybrid and retrospective observational studies as well as prospective registries to illustrate key points.


Christina Mack is Director of Epidemiology and Health Outcomes at Quintiles, responsible for providing scientific leadership on observational research studies and methods initiatives. She is head of Quintile’s Injury Surveillance & Analytics team and lead epidemiologist for professional sports Leagues such as the US NFL. Dr. Mack focuses much of her work on the use of EHR systems and claims data for research, with therapeutic area experience including oncology, infectious disease, pregnancy issues and injury epidemiology. Her technical expertise is in compartative effectiveness study design, propensity scores, instrumental variables, sports injury surveillance methods, and missing data methods.

Dr. Mack holds PhD and Master’s degrees in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nort Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves on the Board of the Carolina Health Informatics Program.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Mack held positions with Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the Clinton Foundation, Outcome Sciences (now Quintiles) and the World Health Organization as both a process engineer and epidemiologist. As program manager of large-scale global observational studies, she has been responsible for all operational aspects of large-scale data collection and global study management. Dr. Mack has published manuscipts in leading journals and is a coauthor of the landmark Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) publication “Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide” on the topics of Data Elements for Registries, Registries for Medical Devices and Missing Data. She is a regular speaker at conferences as well as public and academic forums on epidemiologic methods, use of existing data for research and careers in research.

Informatics Research Seminar: Paradigm Shift in Environmental and Health Risk Assessments in Nano Era

October 28 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: John Bang, PhD
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The amount of data generated in scientific and engineering research communities is getting too big and heterogeneous to be processed in a conventional way. In the field of biomedical research, as an example, there are hundreds of articles published daily with additional unpublished study results available in academic communities. Nanotoxicology is one of those areas often showing a wide range of results in the past mainly due to nanomaterial’s distinctive and unique physiochemical properties sometimes completely different from those in macro scale. Carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticle are two of the most frequently used nanomaterial for their applications in real life. Due to their unique characteristics and popularity for their real life applications, exposure induced toxicity profiles of both have been extensively investigated by a lot of groups around the globe for a long period of time. A wide range of toxicity profiles was created often with contradicting results from different groups mainly due to the lack of standardized testing procedures on these new types of material that few of us had dealt with. Despite the presence of presumed official toxicity profiles made available in recent years, the validity of the profile reports is constantly challenged by new study results. In nanotoxicity studies, different study groups implement different study designs with some levels of design overlap. With so much of archived data available, it becomes more critical to find a way to utilize the existing data with some overlaps. In this presentation, audience will be introduced to a few traditional exposure and risk assessment techniques and associated biomedical research topic in nanotoxicology perspective. Then potential issues of traditional approaches in those studies will be discussed as a way to search for a solution.


Dr. John Bang majored in Biochemistry at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and continued his medical education at University of Illinois at Chicago/UICOMP and one additional year of tropical medicine at Belize Medical College. He also holds Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso focusing on nanomaterial characterization. His research expertise is in exposure and risk assessment of environmental pollutants including engineering nanomaterial as well as photocatalytic nanomaterial synthesis for remediation applications. Throughout his research activities, Dr. Bang is aware of the potential benefit of having solid informatics technique for making a meaningful progress in scientific fields, especially those requiring a multidisciplinary approaches.