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Informatics Research Seminar: Infrastructure for knowledge-driven and customizable digital health to assist primary care provider

February 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0

Speakers: Kamran Sartipi, PhD & Gerard Camargo, MPH
Presented from ECU

 Broadcast Link: SEMINAR

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. 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.


Electronic health record systems (EHR) store huge amounts of clinical data to be shared among healthcare providers (physicians, specialists, pharmacists, radiologists, laboratorists) to facilitate and enhance healthcare delivery. Physicians are already overwhelmed by the continuous flow of information and numerous interruptions they receive during their daily practices. To effectively incorporate new sources of large data (EHR) in physicians’ practices, data analytics and smart computerized assistance are needed to collect, process, and manage such information to allow physicians to concentrate on efficient diagnosis and treatment tasks. In this joint presentation between researchers in medicine and computer science, we propose an infrastructure which provides efficient clinical data integration, smart and customizable software agents, and intelligent decision support systems that produce clinical knowledge from the information in EHRs and captures practical skills from specialists to provide effective assistance to physicians during their practices or for use in medical education.



Kamran Sartipi, PhD, is a faculty member at the ECU Department of Computer Science with interdisciplinary research in software engineering, medical informatics, information security, and data analytics. He has been a pioneer researcher in applying data mining algorithms on static and dynamic analyses of software systems. Dr. Sartipi has over 70 publications in different scientific areas of computer science and informatics, has supervised several PhD and Master’s students in interdisciplinary fields, and developed several software tools in system analysis and medical informatics.

Gerard Camargo, MPH is a Business Application Technician at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. His primary role is developing automated systems and processes to maximize large data management at ECU and its eight external clinics located throughout North Carolina. Mr. Camargo has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has designed and developed research software that allows the ECU School of Dental Medicine to extract clinical data from their electronic health records for use in research, quality assurance, and grants proposals.