Duke Participation in Upcoming AMIA 2020 Informatics Summit

WHAT: AMIA 2020 Informatics Summit

WHEN: March 23-26

WHERE: Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, Houston, TX

WHO: Ben, Goldstein, PhD, (Summit Vice Chair), Genie McPeek Hinz, MD, MPH, Brian Douthit, DUSON, Yaxing Liu, DHTS, Jackson McNabb, Pratt School of Engineering, WE Hammond, PhD, Eric Eisenstein, DBA and Vivan West, PhD, MBA, RN

For more information, click here.

For registration information, see AMIA 2020 Summit Registration

Richesson to Present at Health Datapalooza

Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, MS, FACMI, Associate Professor at the Duke School of Nursing (DUSON), will co-present, “Data Analysis, New Knowledge, and Then What?  Perspectives on Moblizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge”  with colleagues from the Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) workgroups.  The 2020 Health Datapalooza will be held on February 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

Datapalooza brings together academics, patients, clinicians, policymakers, advocates, consultants, government officials, etc. to provide them an opportunity to connect with one another in an effort to improve health and healthcare.

Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, MS, FACMI, Associate Professor, DUSON

McPeek-Hinz Participates in Panel Presentation on Opioid Clinical Practice Guidelines for Clinical Decision Support

Genie McPeek Hinz, MD, MS  participated on a panel presentation titled Electronic Clinical Decision Support for Opioid Prescribing at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Annual Meeting January 27-28, 2020. The panel provided an overview of implementing electronic clinical decision support (CDS) tools and the challenges encounter, the continuation of a pilot project to convert opioid clinical practice guidelines into standardized and shareable clinical decision support interventions. The current project, titled Clinical Decision Support for CDC Opioid Guidelines, is a joint effort by ONC and the CDC and is testing the implementation of electronic CDS in site EHRs; Duke is one of the pilot sites in the study.

Dr. Genie McPeek Hinz, MD, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer

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.


Gabriel’s New Beginnings

Davera Gabriel, Senior Nurse Informaticist, will begin her new role on the HIMSS Interoperability and Health Information Exchange (HIE) committee for FY 20/21, where she hopes to leverage her “boots on the ground standards and data harmonization implementation experience to support HIMSS’ efforts to bridge the data divide between the healthcare and clinical research enterprises it serves, to maximize benefits of interoperable data envisioned for Learning Health Organizations.” See the HIMSS website for additional information.

Davera has joined Johns Hopkins University as a Senior Research Terminologist at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).  Working under the direction of Clinical Research Information Officer (CRIO), Dr. Christopher Chute, Davera will have broad responsibility for organizing biomedical ontologies, terminologies, and classifications in computable form on terminology servers to serve the requirements of data science and translational research for the Johns Hopkins CTSA, the NCATS Center for Data to Health (CD2H), NCI Center for Cancer Data Harmonization (CCDH), the NCATS Translator grant program and other ICTR partner initiatives.

“I could not be more pleased with this opportunity to bring a translational research perspective and ‘on-the-ground’ data harmonization experience to national initiatives which seek to leverage the impressive emergence of the HL7 Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to realize the benefits of a Learning Health Ecosystem” said Ms. Gabriel.  “The experience and insights I gained from working on clinical trials at-scale at the DCRI is a key and invaluable component of the knowledgebase needed to provide data services that bridge remaining gaps between wet lab science to clinical care to public health research and other health discovery initiatives.  In my new role, I am looking forward to continued work with the Duke Center for Health Informatics and Trial Innovation Network colleagues to advance the great promise that Translational Clinical and Bioinformatics offers to improve human health.”


Stead Recipient of Duke 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award

In the late 1960’s at Duke University, William Stead, MD was a medical student on a research team headed by W. Ed Hammond, Phd,  a new professor in  the Division of Biomedical Engineering at Duke.  They, with the rest of their team, created one of the first electronic medical records in the U.S., The Medical Record (TMR). Fifty years later, Dr. Hammond still teaches at Duke and Dr. Stead is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, and the Chief Strategy Officer of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. The two are good friends and have shared numerous milestones in Informatics in the past 50 years.  When the most recent Duke University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Stead in November 2019, Dr. Hammond was by his side.

William (Bill) Stead, AB’70, MD’74 has throughout his career worked to further the adoption of information systems in the field of medicine.  He began working in Informatics before there was such a discipline and has been instrumental in shaping how universities create a new generation of medical informaticists. He is a member of and has chaired numerous informatics committees and boards, has received the American Medical Association (AMIA) Morris Collin lifetime achievement award, was a leader in the creation of AMIA, and the inaugural recipient of a leadership award created in his name.   Here is the link for additional information.

AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium – Duke Very Well-Represented

AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium

November 16-20 | Washington, D.C. – Washington Hilton

Duke Participants:


W. Ed Hammond, PhD, DCHI Director

FHIR: Implementing the HL7 Interoperability Platform- A Community of Implementers for Research, Patient Care and Value-based care– “Interoperability is not a destination. It is a path to better health.”



Adrian Hernandez, MD, Vice Dean, Clinical Research at Duke

If You Build It, They Will Come: The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet): From Conception to Execution

Michael Pencina, PhD, Professor in Duke Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department
Eric Poon, MD, Duke Medicine Chief Health Information Officer

Informatics-Enabled Learning Health Systems: Strategies for Success from Four Academic Medical Centers

Keith Marsolo, PhD, Associate Professor at Duke University, Population Health Sciences

Advancing the Collection and Integration of Patient-reported Outcome Data Implementation Architectures Using FHIR Technical Specifications

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD, Assistant Professor at Duke University

Clinical Text Mining in Mental Health


Oral Presentations

James Tcheng, MD, Professor at Duke Health System

Achieving Data Liquidity: Lessons Learned from Analysis of 38 Clinical Registries (The Duke-Pew Data Interoperability Project)

Carrie Moore, MD, PhD, Duke Department of Surgery

Large-scale Database Integration and Analytical Evaluation of Medical Data: Building a Clinical Repository for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Therapy in Critically Ill Patients

Kay Lytle, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, CNIO at Duke Health System

Analyzing Flowsheet Data to Refine and Validate Information Models


Scientific Posters

Hyeoneui Kim, PhD, Professor at DUSON

Extracting the Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions from Abstracts (Board 038)
Representing the Intensity of a Physical Activity (Board 045)

Anna Diane, PhD Student, DUSON

Patient Perceptions of Data Visualizations in Diabetes Self-Management (Board 090) and
Patient Perspectives of Utilizing Multiple Mobile Health Technologies to Self-Manage Type II Diabetes (Board 089)


Learning Showcase

Randy Sears, Strategic Services Associate, Duke MMCi Program

Update on Duke University’s Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) Program

Gabriel appointed to HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee for FY 20-21

DCRI Senior Informaticist Davera Gabriel has been selected by HIMSS for a two year appointment to the Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I&HIE) Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to promote standards-based interoperability and new information technologies for secure and accessible health information exchange that leads to improving care while lowering costs. The committee supports HIMSS’ activities on both national and global levels.

In her role, Davera hopes to leverage her “boots on the ground standards and data harmonization implementation experience to support HIMSS’ efforts to bridge the data divide between the healthcare and clinical research enterprises it serves, to maximize benefits of interoperable data envisioned for Learning Health Organizations.” See the HIMSS website for additional information.