Short Course for Inter-American Development Bank

July 30 through August 1, DCHI provided a Short Course for 24 employees of the Inter-American Development Bank, the main source of multilateral financing in Latin America. They provide solutions to development challenges and support in the key areas of the region.  Fourteen countries in the Caribbean and Latin America were represented.  The purpose of the course was to give participants a broad overview of the history of healthcare, current trends and the process of converting from paper to electronic health systems.

Duke particpants included: Iain Sanderson, BM, BCh (Director, Biomedical Informatics Core); Rachel Richesson, PhD (Associate Professor, Duke School of Nursing); Eric Eisenstein, DBP (Associate Professor, Duke School of Medicine); Genie McPeek-Hinz, MD (Associate Chief Health Information Officer, Duke University Health System); Eric Poon, MD (Chief Health Information Officer, Duke Medicine); Jimmy Tcheng, MD (Chief Medical Information Officer, Duke Heart Network); Ed Hammond, PhD (Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics; and Vivian West, PhD (Associate Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics).  The  Short Course was held at JB Duke Hotel and Conference Center in Durham, NC.

Hammond is Keynote speaker at The International Healthcare Interoperability Conference

IHIC 2018

Mastering the Interoperability Challenge

July 11-12 in Portsmouth, UK

 

W. Ed Hammond, PhD is a Keynote Speaker at IHIC 2018 and will discuss “How do you know when you have Interoperability?”.

The IHIC is a forum for informatics practitioners  and scientists to present and discuss concepts, models and implementations for innovative interoperable e-Health solutions. The conference provides an opportunity to share experiences and best practices towards the goal of interoperability across health domains. Scientific papers, demonstrations, and practice reports are presented.

Hammond invited by HL7 Brazil to speak during the On-line International Seminars on Health Information Technologies and Standards Conference

On June 14, 2018, the Health Level 7 International office in Brazil held their fifth online conference of seminars related to the adoption of standards and their role in the use of health information systems.  The next step is to ensure the interoperability of standards across all environments to ensure the survival of health information systems.   W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Health Informatics presented Advances and Perspectives in Health Information Standards to outline the future of the field.

 

Tennenbaum serving on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BoSC) for the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Jessica Tennenbaum, PhD has been appointed to a multi-year term on the Boards of Scientific Counselors (BSCs).  BSCs  were established in 1956 “to advise the Scientific Directors (SDs) on the quality of the intramural research programs for which they are responsible.”  BSCs are composed of “individuals who have outstanding scientific credentials and who are committed to providing rigorous, objective reviews. Although the principal purpose of these independent evaluations is to advise the SDs, the reports of the BSCs are distributed to the Director, National Institutes of Health, the Deputy Director for Intramural Research, and the appropriate Institute or Center (IC) Director.”  The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications is one of two intramural Centers within the National Library of Medicine.

Tenenbaum Selected as New Fellow of American College of Medical Informatics

staff with the Duke Translational Research Institute pose for a group photo and some individual portraits

Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD(link is external),  Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics on Nov. 13, 2016. She is one of 23 new fellows elected by peers this year.

ACMI is a professional society of elected Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers. Incorporated in 1984, ACMI dissolved its separate corporate status to merge with the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI) and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) when AMIA was formed in 1989. The College now exists as an entity within AMIA, with its own bylaws and regulations.

The College originated in 1984 when five pioneers in informatics, including Ed Hammond, MD, director of the Duke Center for Informatics, decided to establish an honorific society to recognize expertise in biomedical Informatics. Today, there are nearly 300 Fellows.

Informatics Research Seminar: Data Integration Framework for the Identification of Complex Disease Subtypes

November 2 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: ClarLynda Williams-DeVane
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

Abstract

The focus of this seminar is on the use of computational systems and analytics in research, specifically how research can impact and change health care and knowledge of disease. The journey from data science research to applied health sciences can be complex. Methods to capture data in the laboratory setting for future data integration and how multiple domains of data (algorithm development, modification, and application) concerning health are aggregated will be discussed.

 

Biosketch

ClarLynda Williams-DeVane, PhD, completed her doctorate in bioinformatics at NC State University. She is an assistant professor of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and also directs the Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Computational Chemistry Core at NCCU. Appointed a BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s health) scholar at NCCU/Duke University, Dr. Williams-DeVane is focusing her research on women’s health.  She is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a Translational Systems Science for Disparate Cancer Research (TSSCDCR) system for the capture of Breast Cancer and Melanoma Data in Genetically Engineered Murine Models (or Mouse Phase 1 Unit).

 

Informatics Research Seminar: Looking Beyond Patient Portals: Patient Engagement via an Online Breast Cancer Survivorship Tool

October 19 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: Akshat Kapoor, PhD
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

Abstract

The presentation will discuss alternative means of engaging and empowering patients using personalized e-health apps. The design, development and the usability and acceptance evaluation of an online breast cancer survivorship app will be presented. In addition, the potential value and benefits of integrating patient reported outcomes and quality of life measures with an online, interactive breast cancer survivorship care plan will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

Akshat Kapoor, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at East Carolina University. Prior to earning his PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he received an M.S. in Bioinformatics from Marquette University, His research focuses on improving patient engagement via use of innovative technologies, such as apps, social media, and interactive educational resources, to aid patients in the self-management of their medical conditions. His research emphasizes how healthcare organizations can innovate and effectively engage patients and communities in playing an active role in their own health.

Informatics Research Seminar: Fixing the “Garbage In” Dilemma Through Transformation of Clinical Workflows (aka Structured Reporting)

October 5 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

Speaker: James Tcheng, MD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar

 

 

Abstract

There is a longstanding tradition in medicine that values verbose, prosaic documentation of clinical encounters, which is more often than not imprecise and incomplete, particularly from the perspective of computation. This hampers the ability to use the information in performance assessment, clinical decision support, metrics reporting, and other data-requiring analyses. Cardiology procedures are particularly data intensive. The potential for data in key cardiology procedures in addition to the standard documentation parameters requires tens of thousands of data elements. From an analytics perspective, the many sources of data are key for understanding both individual and population health outcomes while improving institutional and operational efficiency.

A formatted report generated via a structured reporting process accomplishes the goal of capturing clinical information as data, but structured reporting is only slowly being adopted despite prior recommendations and endorsements. This presentation will describe the structured reporting paradigm and identify the stakeholders (and their respective roles) that must contribute to successfully adapt structured reporting in health care.

Speaker Bio

James E. Tcheng, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and a Professor of Community and Family Medicine (in Informatics) at Duke University. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist and is faculty in the Duke Center for Health Informatics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the FDA-sponsored Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet) Coordinating Center. He serves as Director of the Duke Cardiovascular Databank, is Chair of the Informatics and Health IT Task Force of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and is a member of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards. His current work focuses on harmonizing the informatics of clinical and operational definitions for cardiovascular concepts across academia, FDA, the life sciences industry, professional societies, and standards organizations, to improve the capture, communication, interoperability, and analysis of healthcare information.