Health Informatics Pulse (HIP) Event - Registration is Open!

From: Jen B.
Sent on: Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:11 AM
In case you're interested in our other group, Health Informatics Pulse (HIP), but haven't had the opportunity to sign up as a member of that group yet, speakers have been announced for the August event and registration is open!

To RSVP to this event, please go to the HIP events page.

Plan to join us the evening of August 26th at Health Informatics Pulse (HIP), created by Aquilent, to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from seven Health Informatics leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel style Q&A session, moderated by Benno Schmidt, that will explore a range of topics surrounding Health Informatics. Each presenter is given no more than 5 minutes to present a case study/presentation highlighting the innovative use of health informatics within their health-related organization.

Speaker Line-up:

1. Biolocator - Helping researchers find biospecimens

?Tissue is the issue? is among the loudest of common refrains heard from those committed to improving the pace of progress of translational research. Finding and acquiring quality biospecimens is one of the largest obstacles researchers face as they strive to advance medical science and improve patient care. The Arizona Biomedical Research Commission in partnership with 5AM Solutions developed a web-based virtual biospecimen locator (Biolocator) to help researchers find the specimens that they need. This software has been developed to manage all information, from biospecimen details to ordering and shipping. All biospecimens data is centrally located to ensure fast and secure search response times, while the biospecimens themselves remain at their original source.

Jungdae Kokotov has over 9 years of project management experience with full life-cycle software development projects, delivering high-quality software within budgetary and schedule constraints from project inception to completion, including project definition, scoping, costing, software development, and quality assurance. She has extensive experience managing enterprise software projects in a CMMI level III environment. Currently, Ms Kokotov is the Project Manager and Requirements Analyst for the Arizona Biospecimen Locator (ABL) project for the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC).

2. Computational Intelligence in Support of Clinical Medicine

The expression ?computational intelligence? in contrast to ?artificial intelligence? has evolved as a suitcase term for a wide variety of computational methodologies found useful for mining data to discover new knowledge and to build tools to support decision making. These methodologies include neural networks, fuzzy logic, classification and regression trees, support vector machines, newer statistical methods and others. Jim DeLeo has been using computational intelligence methods in practical applications in a clinical research environment at the NIH for many years. He will briefly describe some of this work; however his main purpose in giving this talk is to stimulate a dialogue with a wider group of individuals interested and knowledgeable in developing and applying such methodologies in clinical medicine.

Jim DeLeo has been a computer scientist for over 40 years during which he has designed, developed and implemented new and innovative computational solutions to medical, space exploration and defense problems. Presently at the NIH he works collaboratively with most of the NIH?s institutes and centers, other government agencies, universities and industry. His more recent work, inspired by the NIH Roadmap translational medicine theme, is directed toward developing computational intelligent systems that could have practical positive impact in patient care.

3. Lost Person Finder for family reunification

An R&D division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH has developed the Lost Person Finder (LPF), a system to assist hospital staff using digital cameras, cell phones or computers to enter photos and metadata of victims into a database which may then be searched by family or friends.

A version of LPF, called the Haiti Earthquake People Locator (HEPL) was deployed during the Haiti disaster. HEPL consists of an interactive Web site that provides information about people who have been found in Haiti or who are still missing. The site allows the public to search for people who have been located by medical staff and relief workers in Haiti, as well as to voluntarily post information about people who are still missing.

George Thoma is Chief of the Communications Engineering Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research and development division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. In this capacity, he directs intramural R&D in mission-critical projects such as building imaging tools for cancer research, extraction of bibliographic data from medical articles to automatically populate NLM?s MEDLINE? database, digital preservation, animated virtual books, systems to aid family reunification in mass disaster events, a system to enable the public to screen for nursing homes, and multimedia-rich interactive publications. He earned a B.S. from Swarthmore College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Thoma is a Fellow of the SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.

4. Open Source and Commercial Tools for Collection and Integration of Clinical and Research Data

Cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide in the year 2010. With the sequencing of the human genome and availability of high power computational methods and various high throughput technologies, cancer research and care are poised to undergo revolutionary change. These new technologies and approaches have spawned the field of systems biology; the new field of systems medicine is the application of systems biology approaches to biomedical problems at the bedside. Using a story board in the fields of pediatric, breast and GI cancers, I will be explaining the use and extension of open source and commercial tools for collection and integration of clinical and research data that enables what we call the systems medicine based clinical practice.

Dr. Madhavan is the Director of Clinical Research Informatics at the Lombardi comprehensive cancer center at Georgetown University. She is an information scientist who has worked in the field of biomedical informatics and clinical data management and analysis for the past 11 years. Prior to joining Georgetown, Dr. Madhavan served as the Associate Director of Product and Program Management in the Life sciences informatics area at NCI?s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information technology (CBIIT). Her work at NCI involved bridging the gap between bench and bedside by enabling researchers and physician scientists to use cutting edge biomedical informatics solutions to identify better therapies for cancer.

5. The Cancer Human Biobank

Many high-impact cancer research initiatives are significantly hindered by limited biospecimen availability and quality. Input from the scientific community, including recent results from a market research survey, indicate a striking unmet need for standardized infrastructure to provide high-quality human biospecimens. In response to this need, the NCI is proposing to implement the cancer Human Biobank (caHUB). caHUB will be a unique, centralized, public resource, the primary mission of which is to ensure the adequate and continuous supply of high-quality human biospecimens in order to accelerate cancer research. The transformative nature of caHUB was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top ten ?Ideas Changing the World Right Now.?

Dr. Carolyn Compton is the Director of the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR) and the Executive Director of the Cancer Human Biobank (caHUB) project at the NCI. In these capacities, she also has leadership responsibility for strategic initiatives that include the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer program, the Biospecimen Research Network program, and the NCI Community Cancer Centers project. She is an adjunct Professor of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

6. How Older Adults Use Search Interface

Bill Kules will discuss his research on how older adults use search interfaces (in particular faceted search) to look for health information. The research is academically oriented, but the motivation is quite practical - to help people find information better.

7. Lisa Gordon is a health information analyst with close to 20 years experience working with Canadian health information management systems from a client, vendor and consultant perspective. She has extensive experience in the areas of health information analysis, decision support, clinical data audits, operational reviews and education development / delivery in both acute and ambulatory care settings.

Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Lisa was a key member of the Portal Services team at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Her knowledge and familiarity of clinical administrative data played a pivotal role in expanding and enhancing the analytical scope of the CIHI Portal, a secure web-based tool which provides external users with access to pan-Canadian healthcare data holdings to facilitate evidence-based decision making and comparative analysis at local, regional or national levels.


Beginning in 1995, Benno Schmidt has worked as an interaction designer on cd-rom games, product websites, decision engines, and enterprise web applications in the commercial, corporate, financial service, and government sectors. He has watched a parade of technologies pass by (remember CD-i?). But while software and hardware continue to improve, the basic problems of interaction design remain: Where am I? What do I do now? What just happened? Where do I go next?


6:00 - 6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30 - 7:15 Presentations
7:15 - 7:30 Q&A
7:30 - Additional Networking

This meetup will be held in a private, upstairs room at The Barking Dog in downtown Bethesda. The Barking Dog is a short walk from the Bethesda metro stop and there is plenty of parking nearby. As always, we want to make sure to give thanks to our sponsors: Aquilent, Sapient, and MicroStrategy. Because of their support, we have been able to create some really informative events, as well as, offer some great appetizers and beverages for all that attend the meetup.

Our Sponsors

  • Palladian Partners

    Palladian Partners is a sponsor of Health STAT.

  • Aquilent, Inc

    Aquilent organizes and sponsors Health STAT.

  • Altarum Institute

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