Richesson Co-Chair of Second Annual MCBK Meeting, July 18 & 19, 2019

The Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) 2019 second annual meeting was held  at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD July 18-19, 2019. MCBK, a diverse group including clinicians, researchers, biomedical informaticians, librarians, and policy-makers was formed as a means to use computable knowledge representation to accelerate the use of biomedical knowledge. The co-chairs of the MCBK Community are Charles Friedman, PhD, Department Chair of Learning Health Sciences and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan, and Rachel Richesson, PhD, Associate Professor in the Duke School of Nursing.

Computable Biomedical Knowledge (CBK) is explicit and machine-executable, and includes the standards and mathematical approaches required to represent biomedical knowledge in a computable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) format. Work to date has included outlining MBCK’s vision and goals and the standards, technical infrastructure, governance, policies, and stakeholders central to advancing the use of Computable Biomedical Knowledge.

Key speakers for the meeting included Patty Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine; Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC); and Dipak Kalra, PhD, President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i-HD). In addition to co-chair Rachel Richesson, PhD, Duke was represented at the meeting by Davera Gabriel, RN from DCRI and Vivian West, PhD, MBA, RN, the Associate Director of DCHI.