Informatics Research Seminar: A Platform for Healthcare Innovation

October 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Ricky Bloomfield, MD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link : Seminar



Healthcare innovation is essential to improve patient care, reduce cost, and increase efficiency. There are many technologies available today to level the playing field and allow more innovators to participate, including Apple’s HealthKit, SMART on FHIR, wearable technologies and the Internet of Things. I will demonstrate how these technologies can be used to improve what we do.


Dr. Bloomfield joined Duke in 2013 to oversee mobile technology initiatives within the healthcare system. In addition to rolling out mobile applications associated with the Epic EHR, he is collaborating with multiple entities both inside and outside Duke to establish an open technology platform for mobile health innovation. During his residency, Dr. Bloomfield founded a successful software company creating health and social networking apps for iOS devices that has enjoyed over 13 million downloads to date.

Dr. Bloomfield led the integration of HealthKit at Duke in August 2014 and is helping facilitate its use among interested faculty for both clinical and research purposes. He also provides guidance to other key initiatives across the health system, including telemedicine, a health accelerator, secure messaging, custom apps, clinical decision support, ResearchKit, and integration of the open SMART platform. Duke is the first Epic-based hospital system to incorporate SMART. He still practices clinically as a Pediatric and Internal Medicine hospitalist.

Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Bloomfield completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC, followed by a Pediatric Chief Resident year. A native of eastern North Carolina, he’s never found a good enough reason to permanently leave his home state. In his spare time, he enjoys playing jazz saxophone in a local big band, competitive swimming, writing iOS and Android apps, volunteering in a local Hispanic free clinic, and spending time with his wife and two 9 year-old daughters.

You can follow him on Twitter @rickybloomfield or on his blog at