Informatics Research Seminar: Re-considering Data Quality in Healthcare and Health-related Research

 January 30 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Meredith Nahm, PhD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Dr. Nahm will present a brief review of research to date in Health Information Quality (HIQ) and ongoing national initiatives that are addressing challenges in HIQ. She will present a data lifecycle framework to illustrate the multifaceted aspects and potential interventions for HIQ. In the last half of the presentation, Dr. Nahm will discuss her ongoing research in health information quality:

  1. Standardizing data definition;
  2. Determining factors influencing clinician willingness to use information charted by others; and
  3. Assessing the quality of information in healthcare.


At Duke since 1998, Dr. Nahm led Clinical Data Integration at the Duke Clinical Research Institute until 2007 when she joined the Duke Translational Medicine Institute as the Associate Director of Clinical Research Informatics.  She came to Duke with a decade of experience in data management, programming, and quality control and an established career in research data management in both the academic and industry sectors.  Dr. Nahm served as a co-PI of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment (NIDA) Clinical Trial Network Data and Statistical Center, and is currently the PI of an FDA funded grant to standardize clinical data elements in the two clinical areas of Cardiovascular Imaging and Schizophrenia, and is the PI of a National Library of Medicine funded grant to study Health Information Quality.  At Duke, she is an instructor in the Clinical Research Management and Health Informatics programs, and serves as an Associate Director for the Duke Center for Health Informatics.

Her distinguished career includes serving on the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) Board of Trustees, serving as the Chair of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Industry Advisory Board (IAB), serving as the Chairman for the SCDM Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP) Committee from 1998 – 2001, and author of two GCDMP sections on Measuring and Assuring Data Quality.  Dr. Nahm has remained active in professional societies and national standards development organizations.  She is a long-time member of Health Level-7 (HL7), and is a current co-Chair of the HL7 Clinical Interoperability Council (CIC).  Dr. Nahm has been a frequent presenter at industry meetings, and publishes in the informatics and clinical trial operational literature.  Her research interests center around secondary data use and include, data quality, standards development, and clinical research informatics.  She received her Masters in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University, and her PhD at the University of Texas at Houston School of Health Information Sciences.