Research Seminars

Catching Up with Healthcare’s Future: EHRs in the Era of Precision Medicine

Justin B Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI
August 12, 2020
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Bio: Dr. Starren is founding Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Deputy Director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and Director of the Feinberg Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI). He also leads the doctoral programs in Health and Biomedical Informatics, serves on the university Big Data Taskforce and oversees a variety of informatics, research computing, and data sciences activities.

Supporting Clinical and Translational Researchers with Electronic Patient Data

Thomas Campion, MS, PhD
September 22, 2020
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Bio: Thomas R. Campion, Jr., Ph.D. leads Weill Cornell Medicine’s efforts to support clinical and translational investigators with electronic patient data, especially through the secondary use of electronic health record (EHR) data. Dr. Campion is Associate Professor of Research in Population Health Sciences in the Division of Health Informatics. As Director, Research Informatics in the Information Technologies & Services Department (ITS) and Director, Biomedical Informatics in the Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC), he leads the Architecture for Research Computing in Health (ARCH) program, which matches scientists with tools and services for obtaining electronic patient data. His research interests include electronic infrastructure to support clinical and translational scientists, measurement of the biomedical research enterprise, computable phenotyping, clinical decision support, health information exchange, and organizational issues in informatics. He earned a master of science and doctor of philosophy in biomedical informatics from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of arts in organizational studies and German from the University of Michigan.

Data science: Approaches to secondary data structure and analysis

Fadia Tohme Shaya, Ph.D., M.P.H
October 22, 2020
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Bio:  Fadia T. Shaya is Professor at the University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and Director of Informatics at Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Fadia T. Shaya also serves as Director, Center on Drugs and Public Policy and Executive Director, Behavioral Health Research Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore. She serves as adjunct faculty at the American University of Beirut and has held appointments at the Health Planning Commission in Paris, France.

Dr. Fadia T. Shaya leads digital transformation in health services research, and has built research and training capacity to support all stages of drug and medical device development, evaluation and policy, from pre-clinical trials to post-marketing surveillance. She develops comparative effectiveness, clinical, economic, policy, decision analytic and budget impact models. Working with Medicare and Medicaid programs and commercial plans; she helps inform safety and effectiveness assessments and coverage decisions. Her extra-mural research is supported by federal, state, commercial and foundation grants and contracts. She keeps a balance of interests in research, policy, academic and government affairs, serving on the Faculty Senate, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Editorial Advisory Boards, and as referee for peer-reviewed journals, with over 500 papers reviewed, and over 200 published.

HIT Burnout

Philip J Kroth, MD, MSc
November 30, 2020
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Bio: Philip J Kroth, MD, MSc, received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1987, his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1995, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1999. He completed a research fellowship in biomedical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute at the Indiana University Medical Center where he also earned an M.S. in clinical research in 2003. In his previous position at the University of New Mexico, in addition to practicing as a general internist, he founded and directed both a post-doctoral research fellowship in biomedical informatics as well as a ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship for physicians.

Dr. Kroth was the elected national chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Academic Forum for 2015. His areas of research focus include adapting clinical records for research, the promotion of open access publication, and assessing the impact of health information technology (HIT) on user physician burnout and fatigue

Biomedical Informatics Year in Review

James J. Cimino, MD
December 15, 2020
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Bio: Dr. James J. Cimino, is a physician-scientist and biomedical informatician elected in 1992 to the American College of Medical Informatics and in 2014 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He pioneered the theory and formalisms of medical concept representation underpinning the use of controlled medical vocabularies in electronic medical records in support of clinical decision-making. Training under Octo Barnett at Harvard University, he also contributed to the initiation of the Unified Medical Language System. In addition, he actively practices medicine as an internist and has devoted many years to develop and innovate clinical information systems that have been integrated in the New York–Presbyterian Hospital, and the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Cimino is the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine and co-director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Previously, Dr. Cimino was Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center, and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University (2002-2007).

Safer, More Effective, Less Expensive – 20 Years of Pediatric Informatics Experience

Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI, FIAHSI
January 26, 2021
Bio: Dr. Lehmann is Professor for Pediatrics, Population and Data Sciences, and Bioinformatics at UT Southwestern where he directs the Clinical Informatics Center. He conceived and launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. In 2009, he co-edited Pediatric Informatics, the first textbook on this subject.
From 2010 to 2019, Dr. Lehmann was the inaugural Medical Director of the Child Health Informatics Center for the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was involved in developing the Model Pediatric EHR Format and currently works on the CHILD Registry. Dr. Lehmann served on the federal Health IT Policy Committee and co-chaired the Health IT for the Care Continuum Task Force at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. He was the first chair of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Subcommittee for Clinical Informatics from 2013 – 2018. Dr. Lehmann’s research focuses on improving clinical information technology and clinical decision support.

Developing Original Cloud-based Bioinformatics Software Applications

Avi Ma’ayan, PhD
February 25, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Ma’ayan is a Mount Sinai Endowed Professor in Bioinformatics, Professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Bioinformatics. Dr. Ma’ayan is also Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded BD2K-LINCS Data Coordination and Integration Center and Mount Sinai Knowledge Management Center for Illuminating the Druggable Genome. The Ma’ayan Laboratory applies computational and mathematical methods to study the complexity of regulatory networks in mammalian cells. His research team applies machine learning and other statistical mining techniques to study how intracellular regulatory systems function as networks to control cellular processes such as differentiation, dedifferentiation, apoptosis and proliferation. The Ma’ayan Laboratory develops software systems to help experimental biologists form novel hypotheses from high-throughput data, while aiming to better understand the structure and function of regulatory networks in mammalian cellular and multi-cellular systems.

BioMe biobank: The power of genomics and EHR biobank in a multi-ethnic health system for cancer studies. Point of view from 2 users

Tiphaine Martin, PhD and Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD
March 10, 2021

Bio: Tiphaine Martin received a Master in Engineering and Science in Bioinformatics and Modeling at National Institute of Applied Sciences at Lyon (France), a university of Ivy League in France, and a Ph.D. in Genomics and Complex Diseases at King’s College London, UK. She has almost two decades of bioinformatics/biostatistics experience as a scientist/engineer working with transdisciplinary teams in industrial and academic settings. She set up and led the first cross-disciplinary team in BioMerieux. Through her position in the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), she was the IT and bioinformatics manager of an International research consortium, the southwest regional coordinator for the development of a national computing grid/cloud in bioinformatics, and the French Representative of Bioinformatics Users Community inside the French Grid and Cloud Institute as well as the European Grid Initiative. Currently, Tiphaine is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ramon Parsons’lab to extend her expertise in biological experiments, translational research, and clinical trial. Her main project is developing bioinformatics, biostatistics, and biologics methods to improve the identification of patients at high risk of cancer from different ancestries and she is also the primary computational biologist in collaborative projects led by other principal investigators in the Tisch Cancer Institute.

Using Data to Drive Electronic Health Record Optimization users

Jonathan Hron, MD
April 27, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Hron is an Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Physician Lead for Inpatient Informatics; Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Harvard Medical School

Robotic Process Automation: A Novel Method in Streamlining Digital Pathology Validation

Mehvrash Haghighi, MD
May 24, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Mehrvash Haghighi is board-certified in clinical informatics and cytopathology in addition to anatomic and clinical pathology. She serves as the Director of Pathology Informatics within the Department of Pathology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also served as a member of Association of Pathology Informatics Council Committee for over seven years. She is most interested in implementing and managing regulatory and quality affairs associated with digital pathology operations. Her main informatics interests are focused on artificial intelligence image analysis, advanced imaging techniques, telepathology, and lab automation.

Health Technology: The State of the Art in Safety Science

Elizabeth Borycki, RN, PhD, FACMI, FCAHS, FIAHSI
June 29, 2021
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Bio: Elizabeth Borycki is a Professor in the School of Health Information Science and she is the Director of the Global Laboratory for Digital Health Innovation at the University of Victoria. The foci of her research and publications over the past 25 years has been health technology safety and quality, clinical informatics and virtual care. ​Elizabeth Borycki is a Clinician Scientist with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has published over 200 articles and 10 edited books in the field of health informatics and healthcare. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her research and academic work nationally and internationally.

Decision Support—(Towards) An Evidence-Based Approach

Raman Khanna, MD
July 29, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Raman Khanna is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF and Medical Director of Inpatient Informatics at UCSF Medical Center. He received his BA and MD, and subsequently completed his residency, at Northwestern University, following which he completed a research fellowship and Masters in Clinical Research at UCSF.

Raman’s work centers on the design and implementation of information technology applications in health care. He helped create CareWeb, a project to transform clinical communication within and between providers and their teams, and now co-chairs the Digital Diagnostics and Therapeutics Committee which seeks to improve and regulate access to the UCSF electronic Health Record via its increasingly robust APIs.

Raman is the Program Director for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. For his clinical time Raman attends on the Medicine Teaching services.

Areas of Specialization/Research Interests include: Inter-provider communication; Information technology Decision support; API Integration; Venous Thromboembolism

Impact of a “Chart Closure” Hard Stop Alert on Prescribing for Elevated Blood Pressures Among Patients With Diabetes: A Quasi-Experiment

Douglas Bell, MD, PhD
August 24, 2021
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Bio: Douglas Bell, MD, PhD leads the CTSI Biomedical Informatics Program, which serves as UCLA’s honest broker for research use of electronic health record data. His ongoing research includes work on clinical decision support, managing data quality, governing data sharing, private record linkage across institutions, and patient outreach particularly for research recruitment. He also directs UCLA’s ACGME-accredited fellowship program in the subspecialty of clinical informatics, and he practices and teaches general internal medicine at UCLA, where he is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Medicine. His past research has contributed to the fields of electronic prescribing, clinical decision support, and online physician education, among others. He currently chairs the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Data Resource, a consortium of Southern California health care and academic organizations working to enable clinical, epidemiological and health services research that improves the health of all people in the region using data representing the spectrum of care within the Los Angeles region.

Usability Engineering in Healthcare: Moving from Lab to the Virtual World

Andre Kushniruk, Ph.D, M. Sc.
September 27, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Andre Kushniruk is Director and Professor in Health Informatics at the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction in health care and other domains as well as cognitive science. His work is known internationally and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. He focuses on developing new methods for the evaluation of information technology and studying human-computer interaction in healthcare. His work includes the development of novel methods for conducting video analysis of computer users and he is currently extending this research to remote study advanced information technologies and virtual healthcare technology. Dr. Kushniruk has held academic positions at a number of universities and has taught a wide range of courses in areas, including human-computer interaction in healthcare. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology, as well as a M.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from McGill University.

In search of 'extra data' : Making tissues flow from personal to personalized medicine

Clémence Pinel, Ph.D
October 26, 2021
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Bio: Clémence Pinel is a postdoc in the MeInWe team ( within the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen. In 2018, she completed her PhD at King’s College London and was awarded the Doctoral Prize from the UK Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology (AsSIST-UK). Her work focuses on knowledge production and valuation practices in the life sciences, with a specific interest for data-intensive research.

Pediatric Health Information Sharing to Empower Pediatric Patients and Families

Natalie Pageler, MD
November 29, 2021
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Bio: Dr. Natalie Pageler is a board-certified pediatric intensivist and one of the first board-certified clinical informaticists. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatric Critical Care at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Stanford Children’s Health, where she helped lead the organization to HIMSS Level 7 EMR and analytics adoption, as well as a HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Dr. Pageler holds a master’s degree in medical education and focused her thesis project on the impact of computerized clinical decision support tools on clinician’s knowledge, behaviors and attitudes. Dr. Pageler has also been active in shaping the curriculum for the emerging specialty of clinical informatics. She is the Program Director and co-founder of the Stanford Clinical Informatics Fellowship, one of the first ACGME-accredited fellowships in clinical informatics, and she chairs the national Community of Clinical Informatics Program Directors.

Using Epic for Research Recruitment

Jessica Chen, Mahasweta Dutt
January 27, 2022
Bio: Jessica Chen is the Senior Manager for the Clinical Research IS Team at Penn Medicine. Jessica has been with Penn Medicine for over 15 years and is responsible for managing the clinical research applications including Epic Research, Velos CTMS and Veeva Document Management and CDMS.

Maha Dutt is the Associate Director for Clinical Research Operations at the Office of Clinical Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In her role, Maha helps clinical research teams navigate Penn’s myriad resources in order to conduct trials, with a focus on patient recruitment. She also works collaboratively with Penn’s Research Information Systems teams, on implementation, systems training and curating best practices for clinical research systems.

Analytics Governance in Support of Health Care Transformation

Bruce Levy, MD, CPE
March 31, 2022
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Bio: Bruce Levy, M.D., C.P.E. currently serves as the Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Education and Research at Geisinger, an integrated health system that serves over 3 million patients in Pennsylvania, where he helps lead multiple initiatives in the innovative uses of health data to support patient care and health system operations. As a professor and head of informatics education at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Dr. Levy is the Program Director for Geisinger’s ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship, and is spearheading efforts to incorporate informatics, physician leadership and health system science in both undergraduate and graduate medical education throughout Geisinger. Dr. Levy’s research interests include digital imaging in medicine, data visualization and medical education, and he has both presented and published numerous chapters and articles in these areas.

Dr. Levy is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology and Clinical Informatics, and he has practiced forensic pathology for almost 30 years. He has served on numerous educational institution and professional society boards and has worked with federal and state government agencies in the development of national standards for death investigation. He received his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Analytics Governance in Support of Health Care Transformation

Unlocking Actionable data with AI: Natural Language Processing for Clinical and Translational Research

Xiaoyan Wang, PhD
May 25, 2022
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Bio: Dr. Wang received her MA in genetics and Ph.D. in biomedical informatics at Columbia University, following which she was a faculty of Center of Quantitative Medication at School of Medicine and Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Currently she serves as the VP of healthcare analytics and informatics at Sema4. Her research program is focused on developing innovative algorithms to transform healthcare data into rich and meaningful insights