Tenenbaum Selected as New Fellow of American College of Medical Informatics

staff with the Duke Translational Research Institute pose for a group photo and some individual portraits

Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD(link is external),  Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics on Nov. 13, 2016. She is one of 23 new fellows elected by peers this year.

ACMI is a professional society of elected Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers. Incorporated in 1984, ACMI dissolved its separate corporate status to merge with the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI) and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) when AMIA was formed in 1989. The College now exists as an entity within AMIA, with its own bylaws and regulations.

The College originated in 1984 when five pioneers in informatics, including Ed Hammond, MD, director of the Duke Center for Informatics, decided to establish an honorific society to recognize expertise in biomedical Informatics. Today, there are nearly 300 Fellows.

Informatics Research Seminar: Data Integration Framework for the Identification of Complex Disease Subtypes

November 2 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Speaker: ClarLynda Williams-DeVane
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The focus of this seminar is on the use of computational systems and analytics in research, specifically how research can impact and change health care and knowledge of disease. The journey from data science research to applied health sciences can be complex. Methods to capture data in the laboratory setting for future data integration and how multiple domains of data (algorithm development, modification, and application) concerning health are aggregated will be discussed.



ClarLynda Williams-DeVane, PhD, completed her doctorate in bioinformatics at NC State University. She is an assistant professor of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and also directs the Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Computational Chemistry Core at NCCU. Appointed a BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s health) scholar at NCCU/Duke University, Dr. Williams-DeVane is focusing her research on women’s health.  She is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a Translational Systems Science for Disparate Cancer Research (TSSCDCR) system for the capture of Breast Cancer and Melanoma Data in Genetically Engineered Murine Models (or Mouse Phase 1 Unit).


Informatics Research Seminar: Looking Beyond Patient Portals: Patient Engagement via an Online Breast Cancer Survivorship Tool

October 19 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Akshat Kapoor, PhD
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The presentation will discuss alternative means of engaging and empowering patients using personalized e-health apps. The design, development and the usability and acceptance evaluation of an online breast cancer survivorship app will be presented. In addition, the potential value and benefits of integrating patient reported outcomes and quality of life measures with an online, interactive breast cancer survivorship care plan will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

Akshat Kapoor, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at East Carolina University. Prior to earning his PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he received an M.S. in Bioinformatics from Marquette University, His research focuses on improving patient engagement via use of innovative technologies, such as apps, social media, and interactive educational resources, to aid patients in the self-management of their medical conditions. His research emphasizes how healthcare organizations can innovate and effectively engage patients and communities in playing an active role in their own health.

Informatics Research Seminar: Fixing the “Garbage In” Dilemma Through Transformation of Clinical Workflows (aka Structured Reporting)

October 5 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: James Tcheng, MD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar




There is a longstanding tradition in medicine that values verbose, prosaic documentation of clinical encounters, which is more often than not imprecise and incomplete, particularly from the perspective of computation. This hampers the ability to use the information in performance assessment, clinical decision support, metrics reporting, and other data-requiring analyses. Cardiology procedures are particularly data intensive. The potential for data in key cardiology procedures in addition to the standard documentation parameters requires tens of thousands of data elements. From an analytics perspective, the many sources of data are key for understanding both individual and population health outcomes while improving institutional and operational efficiency.

A formatted report generated via a structured reporting process accomplishes the goal of capturing clinical information as data, but structured reporting is only slowly being adopted despite prior recommendations and endorsements. This presentation will describe the structured reporting paradigm and identify the stakeholders (and their respective roles) that must contribute to successfully adapt structured reporting in health care.

Speaker Bio

James E. Tcheng, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and a Professor of Community and Family Medicine (in Informatics) at Duke University. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist and is faculty in the Duke Center for Health Informatics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the FDA-sponsored Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet) Coordinating Center. He serves as Director of the Duke Cardiovascular Databank, is Chair of the Informatics and Health IT Task Force of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and is a member of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards. His current work focuses on harmonizing the informatics of clinical and operational definitions for cardiovascular concepts across academia, FDA, the life sciences industry, professional societies, and standards organizations, to improve the capture, communication, interoperability, and analysis of healthcare information.

Informatics Research Seminar: Building a Novel Population Health Analytics Strategy for Mecklenburg County

October 26 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Mike Dulin, MD, PhD
Presented from UNC-C

Broadcast Link: Seminar




That Analytics needs to support initiatives in Public and Population Health are rapidly emerging given exponential growth of health data and related technology. This talk will cover the framework being used in Mecklenburg County, NC to use data visualization to support strategy development and to implement tactical changes in the delivery of care.

Speaker Bio

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD is currently the Director of the Academy of Population Health Innovation at UNC Charlotte-a collaborative designed to advance community and population health. In addition, he is a Professor within the Carolinas Healthcare System’s Department of Family Medicine; Director of a primary care practice-based research network (MAPPR), and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Tresata Health.

Dulin started his career as an Electrical Engineer and Biomedical Engineer and then received his PhD in Neurophysiology. After medical school, Dulin started his clinical career as a primary care physician. He has held a number of leadership positions including the Director of Research and Chair within the CMC Department of Family Medicine. He helped develop the population health management framework that was instrumental in achieving top decline performance in chronic disease management for over 150 primary care practices. Prior to moving into his current roles, Dulin helped to design and implement a centralized analytics team (The Dickson Advance Analytics Group, DA2) for one of the largest government non-profit healthcare systems in the country. Dulin’s work to build DA2 was highlighted by a Harvard Business School case study published in 2015.

Dr. Dulin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of health information technology and application of analytics and outcomes research to improve care delivery and advance population health. He has led projects in this domain funded by AHRQ, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Duke Endowment, and NIH. His work has been recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal, NCHICA and The Cerner Corporation. He has been an invited speaker in over 30 national meetings including HIMSS Big Data & Analytics and the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as being featured in the press by Wired Magazine, Frontiers Magazine, Fierce Health, and Harvard Business Review.

Informatics Research Seminar: Development of an HIE for Transitional Housing Residents in Charlotte, NC

November 9 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: William Saunders, PhD, PE
Presented from UNC-C

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The Spring 2016 “Introduction to Health Informatics” class at UNC Charlotte was tasked with applying what they were learning to develop an action plan to help the Charlotte community. Given the interest in underserved populations, combined with a lot of hard work, the class developed a vision to improve the lives and health of permanent support housing residents and reduce providers/payers healthcare burden by leveraging integrated, complete, accurate, and real time healthcare information. Two interns supported this project this past summer, and two are continuing to move the project forward this semester.

Speaker Bio

Bill Saunders, PhD, MPH is a public health researcher and analytic consultant with an interest in the application of varied data sources to outcomes research studies, as well as studying the risk factors and drug utilization of diabetic and obese populations. He has a strong background in completing research projects in the academic and private sectors, beginning with his work as an Epidemiologist at Glaxo Inc. in 1992. In addition to teaching courses in the Professional Science Masters (PSM) Program in Health Informatics, he is the Program Director for the HI programs at UNC Charlotte. His current research projects are related to access to health care and the prediction of hospital readmission. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, his experience includes running his own analytic consulting business, as well as positions at GE Healthcare, Premier Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline.

Informatics Research Seminar: Making Medicine Smarter Through Analytics and Data Sciences

September 28 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Jason Burke, MA
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar




A modern health enterprise– where business and clinical decisions are powered by advanced analytics– stands in stark contrast to the existing status quo across health and life sciences today. Existing approaches to informatics — based in descriptive views of limited data sources — are incapable of supporting the sophisticated insights needed to optimize the tradeoffs between health outcomes and costs, and between standardized medical treatment plans and more personalized care practices. The health industry’s analytical lens must shift from the retrospective, presumptive, and broad-based practices and policies commonly used today towards collaborative, data-driven, predictive, patient-centered, and real-time processes. Insight-driven health care delivery requires integrated perspectives across health outcomes, financial management, risk management, performance management, and behavioral medicine. But the transition requires new business competencies, technical capabilities, and strong leadership.


Jason Burke is the System Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer for the UNC Health Care System, and a senior advisor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Center for Innovation. He is the author of Health Analytics: Gaining the Insights to Transform Health Care (Wiley, 2013). Previously, Burke was the founder, managing director and chief strategist for the SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights (CHAI), an industry-leading think tank pioneering novel approaches to improving health. He also served as SAS’ global head of health and life sciences technology research and development, as well as founder of the $3B software firm’s health and life sciences global practice. Burke has held strategy and management roles in organizations such as Microsoft, Quintiles, and GlaxoSmithKline. With over 20 years of experience, his contributions cover all aspects of new business strategies, product development, emerging technologies, sales and marketing. Burke is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, holding degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Richesson presents at the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory

Rachel Richesson, MS, PhD, MPH, FACMI
Rachel Richesson, MS, PhD, MPH, FACMI

On August 26, 2016, Dr. Rachel Richesson presented Updates from the Phenotypes, Data Standards, and Data Quality Core of the NIH HCS research Collaboratory for the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory.

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Hammond updates chapter in Dr. Morris Collen’s book, “The History of Medical Informatics in the United States” first published in 1995


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“The History of Medical Informatics in the United States” focuses on the revolution medical informatics has undergone over the years since the original book was released in 1995. The health systems that were once entirely institutionally driven are now united by systems that are driven by clinical subspecialties, nursing, pathology, clinical laboratory, pharmacy, imaging, and more. The book recognizes that the principal focus is a patient’s individual health as a whole that all of these systems are designed to serve the patient and not the clinician nor the institution like previously believed to be true.

“A group of world-renowned authors have joined forces with Dr. Marion Ball to bring Dr. Collen’s incredible work to press. These recognized leaders in medical informatics, many of whom are the recipients of the Morris F. Collen Award in Medical Informatics and were friends of or mentored by Dr. Collen, carefully reviewed, editing and updating his draft chapters. This has resulted in the most thorough history of the subject imaginable, and also provides readers with a roadmap for the subject well into later in the century.”-Springer