Fitness Data for Tracking Coronavirus

An article about the use of fitness data for tracking coronavirus was recently published in The Washington Post and cited Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN, an Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing. He and  Jessilyn Dunn, PhD, Assistant Profession in Biomedical Engineering at Duke, are collaborating on a study to determine if the data collected by the use of wearables (ie. Apple watch, Fitbit, etc.) can detect the early symptoms of Covid-19.

Dr. Shaw was asked how wearables could be a ‘game changer’ in research about  the coronavirus.  “Because everybody is going through this, it is an opportunity for us to collect data from essentially the entire population, which is very unique.”  The article, Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms  before you even realize you’re sick, was published in the Mary 28, 2020 edition of The Washington Post.



ICKM 2020 Knowledge Commons in the City of Medicine – Call for Papers & Presentations

The International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) will be held December 3-5. 2020.  It will be online and broadcast from a meeting site in Durham, NC and hosted by the Knowledge and Information Professional Association.

Submission deadlines for Papers, Workshops, Posters and Presentations vary and end on September 20, 2020.

For more information, click here.

Dunn & Shaw – ‘Covidentify’ Study

Jessilyn Dunn, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, director of the Big Ideas Lab and Ryan Shaw, PhD, associate professor of nursing and director of the Health Innovation Lab are collaborating on a study to determine if the data collected by the use of wearables (ie. Apple watch, Fitbit, etc.) can detect the early symptoms of Covid-19.

For more information, visit ‘CovIdentify’ Pits Smartphones and Wearable Tech Against the Coronavirus

They are currently recruiting volunteers.  If you would like to participate, please visit their  website at

DUSON’s Kim chosen as President Elect for National AAPINA

Hyeoneui Kim, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, has been elected President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA). She will serve as President Elect for two years before becoming the National AAPINA President for two year.

The Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) began in 1992 when 100 minority nurses attended the First Invitational Congress of Minority Nurse Leaders.  Those of Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicity formed the national organization with a mission to support AAPI nurses around the world, facilitate networking and collaborative partnerships, and influence health policy.

Dr. Kim completed post-doctoral training in the Decision Systems Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was an informatician in the Clinical Informatics Research and Development Group for Partner’s Healthcare. Before joining the faculty at DUSON, Dr. Kim was an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, UC San Diego.

For more information about AAPINA, click here.

Tenenbaum to give Keynote Presentation at NC HIMSS Annual Spring Conference

Expanding Boundaries Through Telehealth Technology
January 30, 2020

Please join us in a thought-leadership discussion during our annual workshop, networking reception and winter dinner. This year we are hosting industry experts who will discuss elements of Telehealth Technology.

Dinner with Keynote Presentation – From Precision Medicine to Precision Policy: Learning from Big Data – 6-7:30 pm
Jessie Tenenbaum, Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, DHHS

Big data has changed the biomedical landscape from research to clinical care to population health. Dr. Tenenbaum will describe the “learning health system” paradigm in which clinical data is used to inform research. She will illustrate the approach with examples from top academic medical centers leveraging electronic health record data to stratify patients populations. She will also describe the North Carolina’s Healthy Opportunities pilots, which aim analogously to develop a “learning Department of Health and Human Services,” using data generated in the course of providing services to inform health policy. Finally, the speaker will contextualize these approaches by addressing the important ethical, legal, and social issues that they raise.

Jessie Tenenbaum, Ph.D., serves as the chief data officer for DHHS, where she oversees data governance, enabling the use of information to inform and evaluate policy and improve the health and well-being of residents of North Carolina. She was a founding faculty member of the Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics within Duke University’s Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, where her research focused on informatics methods to enable precision medicine, particularly in mental health. She is also interested in ethical, legal, and social issues around big data and precision medicine. Nationally, Dr. Tenenbaum is a board member of the American Medical Informatics Association. She serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine as well as several editorial and advisory boards, including Nature Scientific Data and Briefings in Bioinformatics.