Johnson Named AMIA Policy Committee Co-Chair



Constance M. Johnson, PhD, MS, RN was named Policy Committee Co-Chair for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)’s Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG). As indicated on AMIA’s website, the NIWG “serves as the United States’ representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group.”

Johnson Speaks for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program



Constance M. Johnson, PhD, MS, RN did a presentation on using data to drive decision making December 10, 2013. The presentation was organized by the Duke University Department of Community and Family Medicine as part of the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, a year-long, part-time program focused on developing advanced practice nurses as leaders in the clinical setting.

Hammond Reappointed to NCHICA Board of Directors



W. Ed Hammond, PhD

W. Ed Hammond, PhD has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA). His appointment was approved in September at the organization’s 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition, held September 9-11, 2013 in Asheville, NC. Dr. Hammond’s term will expire in 2016.

DUSON Informatics Program Revamped, New Courses Added



The informatics program in the School of Nursing has made major revisions to its curriculum as a result of published core competencies. New courses added are:

  • Cognitive Informatics in Healthcare
  • Data Analytics I & II
  • Database Systems in Healthcare: Design, Management, and Connectivity
  • Health Information Technology Leadership

These new offerings join these existing courses:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Health Informatics Research Seminar
  • Scholarly Dimensions I: Science Development, Study Design & Statistics
  • Scholarly Dimensions II: Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Transitions: Advanced Practice Nurse Research Seminar
  • Facilitating Student Learning
  • Population Health in a Global Society
  • Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods, & Models
  • Synthesis of Specialty Practice
  • System Design, Implementation, Evaluation, & Maintenance

Encryption Requirement for Sensitive Electronic Information (SEI)



The Duke Medicine Mobile Computing and Storage Device Standard outlines the requirements for encryption of Sensitive Electronic Information (SEI). Any mobile computing and storage device containing Duke Medicine SEI, regardless of ownership, must employ encryption as outlined in the standard. Duke Medicine laptops must employ Whole Disc Encryption (WDE) and have the IBM Endpoint Manager (IEM) client installed. Other mobile storage devices (e.g., flash drives, discs, tablets, etc.) may use WDE or file encryption. An Encryption FAQ and instructions on how to encrypt are available online to assist Duke Medicine employees in meeting these requirements.

Device How to Encrypt
Windows laptop Symantec WDE
Mac OS X laptop Symantec or FileVault2* WDE
Tablets, smart phones WDE native to device
Flash drives, discs, CDs, DVDs, other Symantec file encryption or other AES 256 apps

*allowed via current policy exception

Hammond Delivers Presentation to Students at Aalborg University in Denmark



W. Ed Hammond, PhD traveled to Aalborg University in Denmark to deliver a segment of the university’s PhD course in health informatics. His presentations were titled “Key Driving Forces in Health Informatics” and “A Personal History of Medical Informatics.” Dr. Hammond was one of seven faculty leading this course. The others included:

Professor Christian Nøhr, Aalborg University
A/Professor Pernille Bertelsen, Aalborg University
A/Professor Stig Kjær Andersen, Aalborg University
Professor Finn Kensing, Copenhagen University
Deputy Manager Ib Johansen, MedCom, Denmark
Electronic Health Record Specialist, Jens Warfvinge, Aarhus University Hospital

Call For Papers: Computational Sustainability and Meaningful Use (CSMU)



The editorial board of CSMU 2014 has released a call for papers for the 1st International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Computational Sustainability and Meaningful Use, scheduled for August 7-8, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. Their announcement states:

“CSMU 2014 is a great place for sustainability leaders and healthcare/education/management/computer science/engineering innovators to find new ways to inspire their organizations, learn practical ways to make changes and contribute to international understanding of sustainable institutions. CSMU 2014 enables to network with management and technical professionals across the health/education/science spectrum. It also enables you to take away ideas (e.g. whether the meaningful use movement in USA is good for other places?), tools and methods as well as to explore sustainable models and how to measure their affectivity. Finally it will enables you to include your solutions at the prestigious Springer proceeding. However, you can still present an extended abstract or a poster to share your research or case study.”

Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Health Informatics, is a member of the Program Committee. Additional details can be found on their website.

Shaw Joins School of Nursing



Ryan Shaw, PhD, a recent graduate of the Duke School of Nursing PhD program, has joined the faculty of the Duke School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. He was awarded a grant from the Duke Center for Personalized and Precision Medicine in August. The grant, titled “The Mobile Health (mHealth) Platform: Development and Feasibility Evaluation,” supports the beginning development of a single unified platform that will collect and deliver multiple domains of real-time health and contextual data from various wireless and mobile devices, allowing for intra-individual tailoring and personalization of health interventions. Hayden Bosworth, PhD is a co-PI. Dr. Shaw is the lead author of a publication resulting from his dissertation work: Shaw RJ, Bosworth HB, Hess JC, Silva SG, Lipkus IM, Davis LL, Johnson CM. Development of a theoretically driven mHealth short message service (SMS) application for sustaining weight loss. JMIR mHealth and uHealth 2013 1(1), e5.