Informatics Research Seminar: DEDUCE, Duke Enterprise Data Unified Content Explorer

January 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Jeffrey Ferranti, MD
Presented from Duke University


DEDUCE is a tool available to Duke faculty that enables the quantification of potential study subjects at Duke based on varying inclusion and exclusion criteria available in clinical records. It can be used to estimate potential recruitment.


Jeffrey Ferranti, MD, MS, is chief information officer and vice president for medical informatics.

Ferranti is responsible for leading a team charged with the visioning, strategic planning, and effective adoption of integrated technology and information solutions that enable high-quality clinical care, research and education. He also serves as an informatics thought leader, both internal and external to Duke, and, in partnership with our wider medical community, develops an overarching informatics strategy in support of the Duke Health mission.

As the leader of Duke’s enterprise-wide Epic installation, he was responsible for deploying a single, seamless electronic health record across three hospitals and over 300 ambulatory clinics. Ferranti is passionate about leveraging advanced analytics to improve population health, implementing novel technologies to better partner with patients and promoting IT innovation to support new and emerging care models.

An active informatics researcher, Ferranti was the Duke principal investigator on two Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded research projects. The first aimed at developing a model pediatric electronic health record format, and the second evaluating the use of technology to detect and prevent adverse drug events across Duke University Health System. In addition, he ran an innovations project exploring the novel use of iPad and tablet technology in the pediatric critical care. He developed several innovative applications including the Duke Enterprise Data Unified Content Explorer (DEDUCE) and the Duke Integrated Subject Cohort Enrollment Research Network (DISCERN). Both of these projects aim to empower investigators with simple yet secure access to our enterprise data stores.

Ferranti holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics from the Duke Pratt School of Engineering. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is actively involved in numerous patient safety and quality improvement projects across the health system. He is also a practicing neonatologist at Duke University Hospital.


AHIMA Conference (Sept. 26-30)

The 2015 AHIMA Conference will be held in New Orleans on September 26-30. This years theme is  “HIM Without Walls,”  and will explore the role health information plays in healthcare today and how professionals across the healthcare eco-system use and share this information.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Post ICD-10 Implementation
  • Information Governance
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • Data Analytics
  • EHRs
  • RAC Audits
  • Informatics
  • Interoperability
  • Physician Practice.

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21st Annual NCHICA Conference (Sept. 13-16)

Transforming Healthcare from Volume to Value

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments and best practices in healthcare IT. The theme of this year’s conference is Transforming Healthcare from Volume to Value, and the agenda is packed with 2 plenary sessions, 2 interactive sessions, and 21 breakout sessions on connected health, population health and technology topics. Special events include the Golf Tournament and Welcome Dinner on Sunday, the Health IT Transformation Awards Luncheon on Monday, a Dinner on the West Lawn on Monday, and a Security workshop on Wednesday.

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Informatics Research Seminar: Overcoming Health Disparities Among African American Men: the FITShop

September 10 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: David Jolly, DPH, MSPH; Carrissa Dixon, MS; Salima Taylor
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



When compared to men of other racial ethnic groups, African American men have the lowest life expectancy and bear a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases. Also, key health behaviors linked to chronic disease (e.g. physical inactivity, smoking, obesity) are higher among African American men. Innovative strategies for reaching African American men, promoting health and reducing unhealthy behaviors are needed. One strategy for addressing disparities in health is to conduct barbershop-based interventions. FITShop (FITness in the Shop) is a two-phase, community-based participatory research (CBPR) study designed to develop and test the effectiveness of a multi-level physical activity intervention for African American men who visit barbershops. This seminar presents data on men who enrolled in the FITShop Study and methods used to engage barbershop owners/barbers and recruit participants.


Carrissa Dixon, MS specializes in public-health outreach initiatives that successfully engage underrepresented populations in research-study participation. For more than a decade, Ms. Dixon has successfully bridged gaps between grassroots and institutional communities to address public-health issues. Since 2012, Ms. Dixon has served as a Project Manager at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she leads all aspects of FITShop, a public-health research study at UNC/NCCU that aims to increase physical activity among 600+ African American men and reduce cancer disparities through collaborations with community barbershops.

David Jolly, DPH, MSPH, MED is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at NC Central University, where he has taught courses on healthful living, public health, aging, school health, epidemiology, and health policy. He has 30 years of public-health work in North Carolina and experience in community-based research with African Americans in the areas of HIV/AIDS, men’s health, and tobacco prevention and control. He is Co-Pl on Fitness in the Shop (FITShop), the NCI-funded, community-based participatory research study that has developed and evaluated a barbershop-based intervention to increase physical activity among African American men. Dr. Jolly received his doctorate in health behavior and health education from the UNC School of Public Health.

Salima Taylor is an undergraduate student in the Department of Public Health Education at NC Central University. She has done research with the FITShop effort to improve the health of African American males in NC and presented a summary of her work at the NCCU Research Symposium in April 2014. Additionally, she will present her work at the NC chapter of the Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE) in September 2014.

Informatics Research Seminar: Visual Analytics for Healthcare

 October 8 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: David Gotz, PhD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



As the adoption rates grow for electronic medical systems, clinical institutions are amassing ever-larger collections of patient-centered data. Visual analysis techniques, designed to mine, analyze, and interactively visualize this data in the context of individual patients, are enabling new opportunities to learn from population data and deliver personalized data-driven clinical insights.  This talk will provide an overview of recent work in this area and include demonstrations of some emerging prototype technologies.


David Gotz, PhD is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science.  He also serves as Assistant Director for the Carolina Health Informatics Program ( and is an Associate Member at the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. He is also founder and co-chair of the annual Visual Analytics in Healthcare Workshop (, which will be held for the fifth time this fall in conjunction with the AMIA Annual Symposium.  Dr. Gotz runs the Visual Analytics and Communication Lab (VACLab) at UNC where he leads research exploring interactive visual methods for information analysis and communication.  His work explores problems from a wide variety of application domains with a primary focus on healthcare and life sciences.  Prior to joining UNC in 2014, Dr. Gotz was a research scientist at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center where he served as technical lead for visual analytics and data analysis systems in the Department of Health Informatics Research. Dr. Gotz is a computer scientist by training, having earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.

Informatics Research Seminar: Information Security Management – Corralling Mobile Data Before It Escapes!

March 6 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: James Murphy
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Mobile data is not a problem only for health care organizations, but the increased value for health care sensitive electronic information (SEI) in the minds of attackers potentially makes this a crucial problem  The “mobile data” umbrella includes data on removable media (e.g., USB devices and CD/DVD platters) but also the use of portable devices (e.g. smart phones, tablets, laptops) whether personally owned or distributed by organizations to workforce members.  Despite the resistance by information security professionals, the onslaught is upon us.  Health care organizations must update policies to account for the protection and distribution of data on these devices, but policies are only the beginning.  The objective of this presentation will be to present these new challenges to data protection, emphasizing:

• Detailed policy structure
• Definition(s) of “Mobile Data”
• Recommended practices
• Disciplined tracking of data and devices
• Responsible assessment

If an organization’s security structure is already weak, the widespread use of mobile data devices will make the structure even weaker, adding substantial vulnerabilities to data production.  Proactive processes must be implemented that address tight access control to the centrally stored systems and data and address a standard acceptability of mobile devices that connect to private organizational networks, including encryption.  Mobile data devices must be documented and tracked to demonstrate that lost devices have not resulted in data breaches.  Repeatedly, the entire set of processes must be assessed as the technology evolves.  Finally, all of this must be added to the user awareness training so that all workforce members become partners in the protecting of organizational SEI.
Attendees will become aware of the different types and states of mobile data, how they introduce new vulnerabilities to the organization’s security structure, and how to begin engaging knowledgably in the discussions towards protecting SEI data.


Mr. James C. Murphy is an IT Security professional with 30+ years experience, predominantly in healthcare.  Currently he is the Information Security Architect in the Office of MMIS Services of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), providing information security consulting for major development projects, including the Medicaid and other health plan claims processing system, and the State Health Information Network planning project.  For the projects, Jim has documented information security and technology architecture requirements and reviewed security throughout design and development, addressing:  access control, data and network protection, regulatory compliance, business continuity, operational and enterprise security, process documentation and project audit.

Jim is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Raleigh Chapter, the Eastern North Carolina InfraGard Chapter, serving as Sector Chief for Public Health, and the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA), as part of the Privacy/Security Work Group, and having served on the planning committee for the successful NC Health Information Network proposal.  Earlier, he was a HIPAA Security consultant at the UNC Health Care System; assisting in risk analyses, documentation, and BC/DR planning.  Before that, he directed IT technology for UNC School of Public Health, managing 20+ staff in Systems, Networks, and Telecommunications groups.  He also assisted in the Business Impact Assessment and Disaster Recovery Plan for a major Midwestern City Government.  Jim has published, taught and spoken on information security management, service continuity, security auditing and security certification training to diverse audiences.  Jim has an MA in Biology from Wake Forest University, and an MS in Information Science from the UNC School of Information and Library Science and holds GSEC, CISSP-ISSMP, CISA and CISM certifications.

Informatics Research Seminar: Improving Care Transitions for Complex Patients Through Decision Support

April 10 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Eric Eisenstein, DBA
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Suboptimal care transitions constitute a significant cause of morbidity, mortality, and excess health care costs in the United States. Since patients with chronic conditions and/or mental illnesses often require care from multiple care providers over disparate care settings, the negative consequences of fragmented care transitions are felt most acutely by these individuals. Because suboptimal care transitions frequently are associated with inadequate care coordination and ineffective communication among providers, patients, and their caregivers, the use of health information technology (HIT) has been identified as a promising strategy for improving the quality and safety of health care for patients with chronic health conditions.

A randomized trial was conducted of HIT-facilitated care transitions among Medicaid beneficiaries in six North Carolina counties. Patients were assigned to (1) usual care (n=2281), (2) clinical decision support (CDS) care transition messaging to patients and their medical homes (n=2240), or (3) CDS care transition messaging to patients, their medical homes, and their care managers (n=3482). This study sought to increase knowledge and understanding regarding the use of CDS for improving clinical and economic outcomes within a vulnerable population with chronic disease and/or mental illness; and to demonstrate a generalizable approach in a community setting that can be replicated at other sites.


Dr. Eisenstein is a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute’s Outcomes Research and Assessment Group, with a special interest in understanding the relationships between complex interventions in health care systems and the long-term clinical and economic outcomes of patients. In addition to his work in traditional health technology evaluation, Dr. Eisenstein has an interest in evaluating information technologies as interventions in health care systems. In this regard, he has collaborated in the design and conduct of large-scale, randomized clinical trials to evaluate clinical decision support systems. The research objective in these studies has been to develop methods for evaluating health information technologies in practice-based settings using a “tool kit” of inexpensive, yet highly scalable methods that make use of data sets created as a byproduct of normal clinical and administrative operations. The use of these evaluation methods has been demonstrated in four clinical trials that include care process, clinical, economic, and quality of life measurements.

4/3/13 Seminar – Healthcare as a Complex System (Mirsad Hadzikadic, PhD)



When Apr 03, 2013

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05:00 pm

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Complex systems have been a topic of study in natural sciences for decades.  Physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, meteorology, and engineering practitioners have used the concept of complex systems to explain phenomena as diverse as phase transitions in physical matter, immune system functions, and weather patterns.  These systems have been modeled using, for the most part, the concept of dynamical systems and nonlinear equations.  Recently, social scientists started experimenting with complex systems tools developed in physics, mathematics, and engineering in order to better understand the nature of issues that our society is facing today.  Unlike natural systems, social systems involve active participation of system elements (they possess “will”).  Subsequently, a tremendous progress has been made in applying the methodology of Complex Adaptive Systems to Economics, Sociology, Transportation, Warfare, Decision Making, and other disciplines. However, we are still at the very beginning stage of the effective use of complexity tools and methodologies in healthcare. This talk will introduce the concept of complex adaptive systems and their potential applications in healthcare.


Mirsad Hadzikadic, PhD has over thirty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments.  Dr. Hadzikadic joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  In addition to publishing his scholarship, he has made presentations at national and international conferences, leading information technology firms, and universities.  His research/scholarship activities have been primarily focused on: data mining, cognitive science, medical informatics, and complex adaptive systems. From 1991 to 1997, Mirsad served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System.  In 1998, he joined Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group as Manager in the Health Systems Integration Service Line.  He returned full time to the University in January 1999 to assume the chair position in Computer Science and serve as Associate Director of the School of Information Technology.  Mirsad helped to shepherd the transition from a school in the College of Engineering into an independent College of Computing and Informatics, and served as its Founding Dean.  Mirsad is currently serving as the Founding Director of the Complex Systems Institute at UNC Charlotte.  His current research interests include critical aspects of creativity/innovation, foundational aspects of the complexity theory, and the systems view of policies in financial services, economics, defense, healthcare, and political science.