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Informatics Research Seminar: Informatics Driven Participant Engagement Efforts for Clinical Research

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Speaker: Umit Topaloglu, PhD

Presented from Wake Forest University

Broadcast Link: Seminar


The importance of patients’ engagement in healthcare is gaining focus, although Dr. Warner V. Slack had emphasized the importance of this very issue 40 years ago. Biomedical Informatics plays a crucial role in enabling and incorporating multimodal and ubiquitous data. This seminar will introduce three use cases that exemplify informatics-driven patient engagement: (1) Assisting participants finding clinical trials using machine learning based conversational agents to identify clinical trials through web pages, text and phone; (2) Implementing a machine learning based natural language processing tool to identify genomic sequencing discussions with patients from the EHR progress notes; and (3) Using a SMART on FHIR (Fast Health Interoperability Resources) based care plan generation tool called COMPASS to engage oncology patients.


Umit Topaloglu, PhD, is the Associate Director of Informatics for the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Biomedical Informatics. He has been promoting clinical research informatics solutions and their Electronic Health Record (EHR) integrations across the translational research spectrum that utilizes semantic interoperability and standard capabilities (e.g. HL7 and recently FHIR). His research aims to improve secondary data use of EHR’s for clinical and translational research by utilizing Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. Ultimately, standardizing clinical (and other) data to publicly available coding systems will foster semantic integration and interoperability among the systems towards biomedical advancements. He has served in informatics leadership positions on several large scale/multi institutional efforts including National Children’s Study, the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and the Clinical and Translational Science Award Informatics Program since 2010, starting in his previous institution and currently at Wake Forest.


February 26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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