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DC Health 2.0 STAT - Web 2.0/Social Media/Informatics Message Board › RSVP Today for 10/6 HIP Meetup Event!

RSVP Today for 10/6 HIP Meetup Event!

Farrell O.
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Arlington, VA
Health Informatics Pulse (HIP) is holding an exciting event this Thursday, October 6th at the Barking Dog in Bethesda. Like Health 2.0 STAT, there will be a series of rapid-fire presentation from six 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.
If you're interested in attending the event, please join the HIP group and RSVP on the HIP Event Site:­.

Speaker Line-Up
1.) Outsourcing Star Glyphs

Recent work with star glyph data visualization methods applied to clinical data derived from National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical research protocols will be described and a crowdsourcing approach for developing data visualization and computational intelligent software to mine data and discover new knowledge using clinical research data available through the NIH Biomedical Translational Medicine Informatics System (BTRIS) will be discussed.

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 solve 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 has been inspired by the NIH Roadmap translational medicine theme and is directed toward building computational intelligent systems that have practical impact in improving patient care. Follow Jim on Twitter at @BCIG.

2.) Assessing the Critical Capacity of Local Health Departments in Support of State and National Health IT Goals

The National Association of County and City Health Officials has assessed local health departments' (LHDs) readiness to receive data (immunizations, lab reporting, and syndromic surveillance) as part of the meaningful use program. While eligible providers and hospitals must be able to transmit information to LHDs in one or more of the areas, there are greater incentives to the public health system that should be underscored. This research will examine LHDs readiness and barriers to receiving electronic health information from clinicians.

NACCHO used mixed methods to examine and assess meaningful use readiness. NACCHO completed a thorough Needs Assessment of Local Health Departments' informatics capacity in 2010. The purpose of the assessment was to determine what informatics capacity exists, and to identify barriers that may prevent LHDs from becoming meaningful users and participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network. NACCHO administered a web-based survey using a nationally representative stratified random sample of 750 LHDs. In-person focus groups were also used to collect data. NACCHO is using the results of the assessments to influence national decisions about health IT to influence the development of resources and technical assistance for LHDs. In addition to describing the results of NACCHO's Informatics Needs Assessment, this presentation will provide specific examples of how LHDS are beginning to address capacity deficiencies by sharing tools, and practical strategies for overcoming barriers.

Valerie Rogers, MPH joined the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2002 and currently serves as the Director for the e-Public Health/Informatics Program on NACCHO's Public Health Infrastructure and Systems Team. Valerie leads several projects that support the integration of health information systems and health information exchange (HIE) across governmental public health entities, the clinical care sector, and public health program areas to improve population health and meet core public health functions and goals. Prior to serving as Program Manager, Valerie also retained the positions of Program Manager, Senior Analyst, and Program Associate for various projects, including the community environmental health assessment initiative and the land use planning/community design partnership project.

3.) Quantified Self and The Rainbow Button Initiative. Two building blocks of Quantified Community

The Rainbow Button Initiative is a Patient Centered movement supported by to leverage the pioneering work of HHS and the VA with the Blue Button. With green, white and red buttons supplementing the blue button, we have a simple to understand construct for Patients and Consumers to acquire, share and protect their health data and put them in control. When this movement is aligned with the Quantified Self movement, we have the potential to transform Population Health by creating Quantified Communities.

Mark Scrimshire is a Health Transformation Consultant and Social Media Coach. Mark is passionate about health and empowering organizations and individuals to connect with better health and wellness. Mark is an innovator with global expertise who connects the dots to solve complex challenges. He also connects organizations to their goals using the web, mobile and social media.

Chief Instigator and Co-Founder of non-profit HealthCamp Foundation (­, Mark promotes health engagement through an international network of "un-conferences" where participants set the agenda and develop innovative ideas to solve health challenges. Follow Mark on Twitter at @ekivemark.

4.) Role of Health Information Exchange in Health Reform Initiatives

Patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations rely heavily on health information exchange to improve care coordination and quality of care delivered. Information exchange can be used to achieve this by closely coordinating the workflow of the primary physician electronically with specialists who assist that physician in providing care. This will require each provider in the continuum of care to have a complete picture of the patient's data, available anytime, through multiple health IT systems. This talk will briefly explore the value of health IT and health information exchange in making health reform mandates a reality.

Erik Pupo serves as a key Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), providing expertise on health information exchange and healthcare standards. Erik has 12 years of experience in healthcare, including senior positions in federal, state, and commercial healthcare initiatives, and he has worked with ONC as a consultant since its foundation in 2004-2005. Erik's work at ONC includes technology and policy briefings for ONC leadership; architecting and developing health information exchanges; and preparing research briefs on key health IT security and interoperability issues. Erik is also responsible for defining the architecture for the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). Follow Erik on Twitter at @erikpupo.

5.) OpenI - Multi-Modal Information Retrieval System

OpenI is a web based information retrieval system that allows searching semantically similar images in a bio-medical journal literature. Users can search by text or submitting images or both. The search results can also be filtered by image modalities, like x-ray, ultrasound, or specialties, like Cardiology, Neurology, and other filter types. The system is currently being developed at Lister Hill Center of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Srinivas Phadnis works for Aquilent as Technical Consultant and has primarily worked on building software systems based on Java, Servlets and related web technologies over the past 12 years. He works with the Lister Hill team responsible for the back-end of the OpenI system.

6.) Open Innovation at the National Cancer Institute

The White House's Open Government Directive has been a catalyst for change in government driven by the principles of transparency, collaboration, and participation. With the re-authorization of the America COMPETES Act and the launch of the Health Data Initiative and, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been exploring new avenues to encourage health scientists, developers and entrepreneurs to utilize the growing array of publicly available data for the development of innovative new applications and services for cancer control. This presentation will discuss how related efforts in open innovation and public-private collaboration, including the first NIH developer challenge authorized by America COMPETES, are tied to research priorities in population health and behavioral informatics at the NCI.

Abdul R. Shaikh, PhD, MHSc, is a Program Director and Behavioral Scientist in NCI's Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, where he leads Division-wide efforts in behavioral informatics, cyberinfrastructure and population health. Dr. Shaikh led the first NIH implementation of open innovation competitions tied to the America COMPETES Act (­, and is an active participant in cross-agency initiatives in data harmonization, advanced computation, and cyber-enabled research. With a diverse background in public health research and practice, Dr. Shaikh also oversees extra-mural grants and contracts, and helps coordinate the Division's Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) portfolio with the NCI SBIR Development Center. Follow Abdul on Twitter at @abdulrshaikh.

Event Logistics

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

As always, we want to make sure to give thanks to our sponsors, Aquilent, Sapient, Palladian Partners, and MicroStrategy. Because of their support, we have been able to continue creating some really informative events, as well as, offer some great appetizers and beverages for all that attend the meetup.

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