Director of National Library of Medicine visit to Duke University

Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) delivered the Harriet Cook Carter Lecture at the Duke University School of Nursing on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Titled Transforming Data in Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: The National Library of Medicine Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Dr. Brennan talked about the ten year strategic plan of the NLM, which includes accelerating the discovery through data-driven research, reaching more people through dissemination and engagement, and building a workforce for data-driven research and health.  A panel discussion, moderated by Rachel Richesson, PhD (Associate Professor, DUSON) was held that in addition to  Dr. Brennan included Erich Huang, MD, PhD (Assistant Dean, Biomedical Informatics & Co-Director, Duke Forge) , Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD (Professor of Medicine, Director of Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine) and Megan Von Isenburg, MSLS (Associate Dean for Library Sciences and Archives, Duke University School of Medicine.)

Dr. Brennan holds a Masters in Nursing and a PhD in Industrial Engineering.  She has been a clinical practice nurse in critical and psychiatric care and held academic positions at Marquette University, Case Western Reserve University,  and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is a pioneer in the development of information systems, having developed a variety of networks and communication services that promote healthcare.

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Spring 2019 Informatics Seminar Series


Seminar Schedule

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. NEW IN SPRING 2019 – WAKE FOREST WILL JOIN AS THE SIXTH UNIVERSITY IN THE SEMINAR SERIES COLLABORATION. 

This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.

The Fall 2018 Informatics Seminars Series has ended. A list of the dates for all of the twelve seminar presentations in Spring 2019 can be found here.

If you have any questions about the upcoming seminars please contact Pegeen Ryan-Murray at

Please see our 2018 page for all of the 2018 archived seminars.

Warren Kibbe, PhD named chief for Translational Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

We welcome Warren Kibbe, PhD  to the Duke University School of Medicine as chief for Translational Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and chief data officer for the Duke Cancer Institute.

Dr. Kibbe was the acting Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and director of the NCI’s Center for Biomedical Information and Information Technology prior to his move to Duke.

Go to Duke Scholars for more information on Dr. Kibbe’s accomplishments.

Vivian West, PhD featured in NCHICA Podcast

NCHICA has launched a new podcast series designed to highlight current trends in IT.  The first four podcasts are discussions with speakers at the 23rd Annual Conference in Durham, N.C. September 11-13, 2017 at the Durham Convention Center, including one that is a discussion between Vivian West, PhD, MBA, RN, Associate Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics and host Janet Kennedy, President and Podcast Host of Get Social Health.  The topic of the discussion and the upcoming session at the annual conference is Artifical Intelligence.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Ed Hammond, PhD recent interview


Ken Rubin, Director of Standards and Interoperability (VHA Office of Knowledge Based Systems) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Co-Chair of the Healthcare Domain Task Force at Object Management Group (OMG) recently interviewed Ed Hammond, PhD during an OMG technical committee (TC) meeting in Reston, VA.

The discussion included Dr. Hammond’s long standing career in health informatics and his role in the accomplishments of Health Level 7 (HL7) over the last ten years.   When asked about the TC meeting and what he saw as the key benefit to holding an event with stakeholders from many different industries, Dr. Hammond stated, “informatics has no boundaries.  It really does go across all sorts of professions.  It takes equality across multiple professions to do what we are trying to do–clinicians and technologists working together with different backgrounds solving common problems.”

Interview Link


Shaw Awarded NINR Grant to Use Mobile Health Technology for Diabetes Self-Management


Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN
Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, assistant professor for Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), almost $480,000 for his study titled “From Episodic to Real-Time Care in Diabetes Self-Management.” The study will run for a three-year period.

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Richesson Presents at Nursing Big Data Conference in Minnesota

Rachel Richesson recently lead a networking discussion on “Integrating with National Research Networks and common data model, PCORnet, etc.” at the Nursing Knowledge Big Data Conference at the University of Minnesota. This year was the fourth-annual Big Data Conference that brings nationally-recognized leaders from organizations, health systems, education, and the private sector together to engage in advancing a national action plan to ensure: (a) that nursing data are captured into electronic health records and other information systems, and (b) that data are available in sharable, comparable formats for clinicians, administrators, researchers, policy makers and others to improve health outcomes.


The recent proliferation of electronic health records has great potential to advance nursing science by allowing clinical data to be re-used for research purposes, which is cheaper than de novo and prospective research data collection.  Currently, there are a number of national research networks and collaborative efforts that can be leveraged to advance nursing science. These include the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the NIH Collaboratory Distributed Research Network (DRN), and the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) program, a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary observational research collaborative. All of these networks use electronic health record (EHR) data from multiple sites to support large scale analytics and observational research. To overcome the lack of standardized data across local EHRs, these networks each have adopted common data models, which provide a standard format to transform data contained within disparate databases and support aggregate analyses. Dr. Richesson provided an update on these networks and lead a discussion with nursing on how to ensure that these data models and research networks can explicitly address nursing research questions and advance nursing science and patient care.


West featured in CTSA Profile: Promoting Informatics to Improve Human Health


Vivian West, PhD, Associate Director for the

Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI)


Ask Vivian West, PhD, what her daily routine is like and she’ll laugh. “I don’t like routine,” she says. “I’m always interested in anything new.”

That’s a useful attitude for someone involved in health informatics, the burgeoning, interdisciplinary field that includes everything from data mining, human interface design, decision support, databases, to algorithms for analyzing and visualizing massive amounts of data, all in the service of improving healthcare.

Here, in her own words, are some reflections from West on the path that has led her to serve as the Associate Director for the Duke Center for Health Informatics (link is external) (DCHI) [pronounced “dee-chee”], a program supported in part by the Duke CTSA.


***To read the entire CTSA article CLICK HERE*****