Duke University presentations at NCHICA 21st Annual Conference

September 13-16, 2015

NCHICA Conference (Fall 2015)







The NCHICA 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition was held on September 13-16, 2015 in Pinehurst, NC. The conference offered an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments and best practices in healthcare IT. This year’s theme was “Transforming Healthcare from Volume to Value.” It consisted of plenary sessions, interactive sessions, and breakout sessions on topics including health, population health, and technology. Duke was represented by three presenters: Ed Hammond, PhD; Vivian West, PhD; and Ricky Bloomfield, MD.

A Platform for Innovation: SMART, FHIR and HealthKit: Ricky Bloomfield, MD

In order to accelerate the pace of healthcare innovation it is imperative that healthcare technology vendors adopt simple, open, and secure standards to access data; but getting the data and offering compelling visualizations and/or decision support isn’t enough. Those innovations must then be incorporated into the patient or provider workflow in a meaningful way that will not require use of disparate systems. Learn what Duke has done to implement technologies such as Apple’s HealthKit and the SMART on FHIR platform to enable a new generation of data generation and access. See a demo of SMART on FHIR, including integration of an open-source app, closed-source app and self-developed app, all running within the desktop EHR environment as well as the mobile EHR environment.

Visualization of Health Care Data: Vivian West, PhD

With the rapidly increasing amount of electronic data in health care, the potential for knowledge discovery is significant if this large amount of data, or big data, is managed in innovative ways. Data visualization provides a means to identify information in big data that might otherwise not be obvious and is beginning to be of interest for the ways in which the information can be seen. A 2 ½ year study exploring novel visualization of health related data was funded by the Department of Defense for research conducted at the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI). This presentation will review the historic trajectory of visualization of healthcare data; the terms and techniques using this technology; the research conducted by DCHI and findings from innovative visualization of health care data; and the potential of visualization technology for transforming care delivery.

Setting the World on FHIR: W. Ed Hammond, PhD

The pursuit of true interoperability has become the focus of many groups. Patient-centered care, data sharing, big data, pragmatic clinical trials, and precision medicine are just a few examples whose success depends on interoperability. Center to these activities is the ability to transport and use data among disparate groups. Health Level Seven (HL7) has introduced a new standard called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) that shows great promise in enabling true interoperability. This presentation introduces FHIR, defines what it is, and gives some specific examples. We will discuss what makes FHIR an exciting choice, including who and how it is being implemented. The current state of FHIR development will be included.

Achieving a Functioning Learning Health System by 2024 – The Challenges and Benefits of a Successful Journey: Holt Anderson (Learning Health Strategies) & W. Ed Hammond, PhD

Having first been articulated by the Institute of Medicine in 2007, the concept of a Learning Health System (LHS) has gained visibility and increasing support as a vision of what our health and healthcare system should be. The LHS builds on the increasing use of digital data, informatics, and analytics, and the potential that big data brings to the aggregation of hundreds of millions of encounters and outcomes to derive knowledge that will inform individual clinical decisions at the point of care. The panel will address each of the significant, clinical, research, technical, and policy components to realize this vision.