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Speakers Announced for Health Informatics Pulse (HIP) Event on June 24th

Jen B.
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We’re pleased to announce the speakers for the upcoming HIP event on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at The Barking Dog in Bethesda. Registration is now open! To register for this event, please become a member of the HIP group and register through this site: HIP Meetup Site.

Plan to join us the evening of June 24th to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from eight Health Informatics leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel style Q&A session that will explore a range of topics surrounding Health Informatics. The presentations will emphasize case studies and real world examples that highlight innovative use and results associated with health and bioinformatics. 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. e-Health Literacy & Older Adults

As the Internet has increasingly become a major source of health information in contemporary society, older adults, who tend to have low levels of health literacy and computer literacy, are increasingly being left behind. This presentation will summarize findings from the research projects Bo Xie has been working on during the past few years, focusing on older adults’ special needs and preferences and design and training guidelines that can help overcome age-related changes to facilitate older adults’ learning and use of electronic resources for health information and decision-making.

Bo Xie is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds degrees in medicine, psychology, and science & technology studies (Ph.D. in 2006 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Her research focuses on the intersection of older age, information and communication technologies, and health.

2. Cheap DNA Sequencing: How Disruptive For Health Informatics?

With the advent of cheaper technologies for whole-genome sequencing comes a wider availability of such data to researchers, patients and healthcare providers. The challenge is how to take advantage of this data in a measured way that ultimately benefits patients but still keeps pace with this fast-changing field.

William FitzHugh has over 20 years of experience crafting software solutions to interesting problems, especially in the field of molecular biology. As Chief Science Officer at 5AM, he prides himself on being able to bridge the worlds of software development, statistics, and molecular biology in a way that focuses on solving scientific problems pragmatically. He is a skilled mentor for software developers in the area of genomics and bioinformatics, having laid foundational tracks at Celera Genomics, the MIT/Whitehead Center for Genome Research (now the Broad Institute), and the Institute for Genomic Research (now the Venter Institute). He is a co-author on papers describing the draft sequence of the human genome, the first complete bacterial genome ever sequenced, Haemophilus influenzae, and the first large collection of human cDNA sequences.

3. Pharmacogenetic Algorithms for Clinical Decision Support in the HER

Warfarin sodium (Coumadin®), one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S., helps to prevent cardioembolic stroke, myocardial infarction, and venous thrombosis, but doubles the incidence of hemorrhage. Presently, warfarin causes more adverse events than any other drug except insulin. To reduce this risk, researchers have developed pharmacogenetic dosing algorithms that estimate the therapeutic warfarin dose after genotyping patients for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the CYP2C9 and VKORC1 genes that affect warfarin metabolism or sensitivity. Our work has been directed towards implementation of the multiple clinical and pharmacogenetic algorithms embedded in the www.warfarindosing.org web site into several different commercial EHRs. The current strategy is to use Web Services to securely link this site for clinical decision support to the EHR in hospitals of MedStar Health, Washington University, and the Duke University Health System.

Dr.Gerald Higgins has experience in corporate, federal and academic sectors. He was a recipient of the Mallinckrodt Scholar Award for Excellence in Science as Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (Strong Memorial Hospital), and was hired as Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was one of the first to clone the amyloid precursor protein gene during his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute. He has also served as a Vice President of Hoffman – La Roche. Dr. Higgins has authored over 300 publications. He founded SimQuest International in 2001, LLC, raised corporate investment for the small business, and then sold the company to Laerdal Medical Corporation, the world’s leading provider of medical simulation products. He has served as the U.S. Vice President for Research and Development for Laerdal, and most recently as Chief Innovation Officer of the Center for Medical Informatics and the MedStar Institute for Innovation at Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Health.

4. Medical Information Visualization Interactive Collaboration (MIV-IC) for Personal Health

Personal health information can contain complex medical data, high-volume of information, and domain specific terminology. My presentation provides the roadmap to the development of Medical Information Visualization Interactive Collaboration (MIV-IC) environment for personal health.

Dr. Yair G. Rajwan, D.Sc, MCS, EE, is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health, in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rajwan research areas are in Personal Health Records (PHRs), health informatics analytics, decision-making optimization, and health information visualization. Dr. Rajwan’s objectives are to enable open‐access to consumer‐oriented health informatics and to empower patients in their own care decision-making and management.

5. Patient Education and Health Informatics

Patient education, like much of health care, is currently closer to 1.0 than 2.0. Cindy Throop will provide examples of approaches to patient education, including a tool being developed by the Military Health System to incorporate patient education into both military and civilian electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

Cindy Throop is an interdisciplinary social science researcher with expertise in data management, program evaluation, and policy evaluation. Her current focus areas include patient-centered health information technology, consumer health informatics, data standards, and semantic health data interoperability. Ms. Throop’s current work in consumer health informatics involves analyzing the quality of patient information provision as a potentially standardized EMR component within the Military Health System. Ms. Throop has experience in academic, non-profit, and corporate research environments in subjects ranging from substance abuse to education to health services research. She has a BA in Sociology and an MSW in Social Policy from the University of Michigan.

6. Mhealth Monitoring

Presentation will illustrate how remote mhealth monitoring solution enables portable devices with off-the shelf medical monitors including glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales and pulse Oximeters to automatically collect , transmit and store health readings in the users Health Vault account. The Mobile Health Monitoring System using patent device links will then distribute accurate health information to families, patients, and health care providers.

Lawrence Wasserman, Director Fortech International, served WHO in Asia, Center Health Statistics and US Public Health Service and as a consultant working in mobile learning, Smartphone devices in health care projects and serves as a channel partner for various health care products.

7. EHR/Meaningful Use – Disrupting the Large Healthcare Provider Business Model

Paul Roemer, MBA, is a healthcare strategist, and the managing partner of Healthcare IT Strategy. He is also the Chief Imaginist of Healthcare Idea Lab. Paul has more than thirty years of management consulting experience. He has a passion for how we will live and function in the rapidly changing world of healthcare, and how IT can provide for and help manage the change. He wrestles with how to turn the lack of information of what the business of healthcare will become, the lack of understanding of the issues, and the general lack of knowledge of the future into decisions we can make today to shape tomorrow.

8. UK's Challenges in Implementing a Health Care Record

Peter Ford is Vice President and Managing Director of Sapient’s European Public Sector business. Peter holds a BSc and PhD in Chemistry and an MBA. Peter will talk about the implementation in England of a National Care Record service covering some 40million people This £12bn+ programme has been ongoing since 2003 and has been described as the “world’s largest civil IT project” . Peter will talk about the successes and challenges that the programme faces .

Agenda

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, Sapeint, Microstrategy, and ASHIM. 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.
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