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Informatics Research Seminar: From Precision Medicine to Precision Policy- Learning from Big Data

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Speaker: Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD

Presented from Duke

Broadcast Link: Seminar


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 patient 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, PhD serves as the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for DHHS, where she oversees data strategy across the Department, enabling the use information to inform and evaluate policy and improve the health and well-being of residents of North Carolina. Prior to taking on the role of CDO, Dr. Tenenbaum 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 member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine as well as a number of editorial and advisory boards including Nature Scientific Data and Briefings in Bioinformatics.


February 12
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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