Why Pursue a Career in Biomedical and Health Informatics?

(This entry is re-posted from the Informatics Professor Blog of our department chair, William Hersh, MD.)

There are an ever-growing number of career opportunities for those who enjoy working with data, information, and knowledge to improve the health of individuals and the population in the field of biomedical and health informatics. This field develops solutions to improve the health of individuals, the delivery of healthcare, and advancing of research in health-related areas. Jobs in informatics are highly diverse, running the spectrum of the highly technical to those that are very interpersonal. All are driven, however, by the goal of using data, information, and knowledge to improve all aspects of human health [1, 2].

Within biomedical and health informatics are a myriad of sub-disciplines, all of which apply the same fundamental science and methods, but are focused on particular (and increasingly overlapping) subject domains. Informatics can be viewed as proceeding along a continuum from the cellular level (bioinformatics) to the person (medical or clinical informatics) to the population (public health informatics). Within clinical informatics may be a focus on specific healthcare disciplines, such as nursing (nursing informatics), pharmacy (pharmacy informatics), and radiology (radiology informatics) as well as on consumers and patients (consumer health informatics). There are also disciplines in informatics that apply across the cell-person-population spectrum:

  • Imaging informatics – informatics with a focus on the storage, retrieval, and processing of images
  • Research informatics – the use of informatics to facilitate biomedical and health research, including a focus on clinical and translational research that aims to accelerate research findings into healthcare practice

Another emerging new discipline that has substantial overlap with informatics is data science (or data analytics in its more applied form). The growth in use of electronic health records, gene sequencing, and new modalities of imaging, combined with advances in machine learning, natural language understanding, and other areas of artificial intelligence provide a wealth of data and tools for use to improve health. But informatics is not just about processing the data; the range of activity includes insuring the usability of systems for entering and working with high-quality data to applying the results of data analysis to improve the health of individuals and the population as well as the safety and quality of healthcare delivery.

The variety of jobs in biomedical and health informatics means that there is a diversity in the education of those holding the jobs. Informatics has a body of knowledge and a way of thinking that advance the field. It is also an interdisciplinary field, existing at the interface of a number of other disciplines. For this reason, education has historically been at the graduate level, where individuals combine their initial education in one of the core disciplines (e.g., health or life sciences, computing or information sciences, etc.) with others as well as the core of informatics. An example of such a program is ours at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

A variety of data show that professionals from this discipline are in high demand. Job sites such as Monster.com show a wide variety of well-paying jobs. A previous analysis of online job postings found 226,356 positions advertised [3]. More recently, a survey of healthcare IT leaders shows continued demand for professionals in this area [4]. For physicians working in the field, there is now a new medical subspecialty [5]. The nursing profession has had a specialization in nursing informatics for over a decade, and we are likely to see more certifications, for example the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) developing an Advanced Health Informatics Certification that will apply to all informatics professionals, not just those who are physicians and nurses.

Does one need to be a clinician to be trained and effective in a job in clinical informatics? Must one know computer programming to work in any area of informatics? The answers are no and no. Informatics is a very heterogeneous field, and there are opportunities for individuals from all types of backgrounds. One thing that is clear, however, is that the type of informatics job you assume will be somewhat dependent on your background. Those with healthcare backgrounds, particularly medicine or nursing, are likely to draw on that expertise for their informatics work in roles such as a Chief Medical or Nursing Informatics Officer. Those with other backgrounds still have plenty of opportunities in the field, with a wide variety of jobs and careers that are available.

Informatics is a career for the 21st century. There are a wide variety of jobs for people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents, all of whom can serve the health of society through effective use of information and associated technologies.

References

1. Hersh, W (2009). A stimulus to define informatics and health information technology. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making. 9: 24. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6947/9/24/.

2. Hersh, W and Ehrenfeld, J (2017). Clinical Informatics. In Health Systems Science. S. Skochelak, R. Hawkins, L. Lawson et al. New York, NY, Elsevier: 105-116.

3. Schwartz, A, Magoulas, R, et al. (2013). Tracking labor demand with online job postings: the case of health IT workers and the HITECH Act. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. 52: 941–968.

4. Anonymous (2017). 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey. Chicago, IL, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. http://www.himss.org/library/2017-himss-leadership-and-workforce-survey.

5. Detmer, DE and Shortliffe, EH (2014). Clinical informatics: prospects for a new medical subspecialty. Journal of the American Medical Association. 311: 2067-2068.

Consider Giving a Gift to the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Education Program

SignatureA message from William Hersh, MD:

A new academic year is upon us, and I am writing this letter to provide alumni and friends of the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Education Program an update on new developments in our department. I am also inviting your participation in a new fund-raising effort for the program to which I have made the first gift. First, let me share a sampling of exciting news with you all:

Despite all of our success, the majority of the funding described above is restricted. Federal grants, for example, do not allow investment in new faculty, students, or research explorations. As we face an increasingly competitive environment in the informatics field, it is critical that we have unrestricted support to pursue new research opportunities and compete for the best and brightest students.

I am so excited by this new funding drive that I have been its first contributor, making a $10,000 gift of my own to launch the effort. I invite you to join me with a gift of your own.

Sincerely,

William Hersh, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Come Hear @OHSUInformatics Presenters at #AMIA2017

A number of faculty, students, and others from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) will be presenting their work at the AMIA 2017 Annual Symposium. Below is a list of presentations with titles, presenters, co-authors, times, and locations at the Washington, DC Hilton.

2:21 PM–2:39 PM Nov 6, 2017

Oral Presentations

Predictors of OpenNotes use among Veterans receiving Mental Health Care
Speaker
Co-Authors
Lauren Denneson, VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care
Maura Pisciotta, VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care
Donald Bourne, Oregon Health and Science University
David Phillips-Moses, VA Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care
Susan Woods, Maine Medical Center
LOCATION

Gunston

5:00 PM–6:30 PM Nov 6, 2017

Posters

Medication Errors Generated When Using Computerized Provider Order Entry Systems in Pediatrics: A Systematic Review
Speaker
Co-Authors
Katherine Coffey, The University of Durham
Dean Sittig, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Joan Ash, Oregon Health & Science University
Andrew Husband, The University of Durham
David Bates, The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Sarah Slight, The University of Durham
LOCATION

Columbia Hall

5:00 PM–6:30 PM Nov 6, 2017

Posters

Sepsis Risk Stratification among the CMS Oncology Care Payment Model Population
Speakers
Co-Authors
Benjamin Orwoll, Oregon Health & Science University
Konrad Dobbertin, Oregon Health & Science University
Michael Savin, Oregon Health & Science University
LOCATION

Columbia Hall

9:06 AM–9:24 AM Nov 7, 2017

Oral Presentations

Implementation of a Medication Reconciliation Assistive Technology: A Qualitative Analysis
Speaker
Co-Authors
Kathleen Adams, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Victoria Church, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Mimi Ferraro, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Scott Ragland, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Anthony Sayers, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Stephanie Tallett, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Travis Lovejoy, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
Joan Ash, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Patricia Holahan, Stevens Institute of Technology
Blake Lesselroth, Veterans Affairs Portland Healthcare System
LOCATION

Jefferson West

10:30 AM–10:48 AM Nov 7, 2017

Oral Presentations

Information Retrieval for Biomedical Datasets: The 2016 bioCADDIE Challenge
Speaker
Co-Authors
Anupama Gururaj, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Xiaoling Chen, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Saeid Pournejati, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Trevor Cohen, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
William Hersh, Oregon Health & Science University
Dina Demner-Fushman, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Lucila Ohno-Machado, University of California, San Diego
Hua Xu, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
LOCATION

Jefferson West

10:48 AM–11:06 AM Nov 7, 2017

Oral Presentations

Quantifying the Impact of Trainee Providers on Outpatient Clinic Workflow using Secondary EHR Data
Speakers
Co-Authors
Michelle Hribar, Oregon Health & Science University
Sarah Read-Brown, Oregon Health & Science University
Michael Chiang, Oregon Health & Science University
LOCATION

Gunston

2:03 PM–2:21 PM Nov 7, 2017

Oral Presentations

A Framework for Data Quality Assessment in Clinical Research Datasets
Speakers
Co-Authors
Nicole Weiskopf, Oregon Health & Science University
Jyotishman Pathak, Weill Cornell Medicine
LOCATION

Fairchild

4:24 PM–4:42 PM Nov 7, 2017

LOCATION

Lincoln West

5:00 PM–6:30 PM Nov 7, 2017

Posters

Automated Image Quality Assessment for Fundus Images in Retinopathy of Prematurity
Speakers
Co-Authors
Ryan Swan, Oregon Health & Science University
Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, MGH/Harvard Medical School
Sang Jin Kim, Oregon Health & Science University
John Campbell, Oregon Health & Science University
Karyn Jonas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Susan Ostmo, Oregon Health & Science University
R.V. Chan, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
Michael Chiang, Oregon Health & Science University
LOCATION

Columbia Hall

9:24 AM–9:42 AM Nov 8, 2017

Oral Presentations

Specifications of Clinical Quality Measures and Value Set Vocabularies Shift Over Time: A Study of Change through Implementation Differences
Speaker
(NOTE: This paper is a among a group designated as “Best of Student Papers in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining” by the AMIA Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDDM) Working Group.)
Co-Authors
Nicole Weiskopf, Oregon Health & Science University
Doug Rhoton, Oregon Health & Science University
Nicholas Colin, Oregon Health & Science University
Rachel Ross, Oregon Health & Science University
Melanie Marzullo, Oregon Health & Science University
Bhavaya Sachdeva, Oregon Health & Science University
David Dorr, Oregon Health & Science University
LOCATION

Fairchild

Announcing New Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa Kepic Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics

Frank and Theresa-croppedThe Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is pleased to announce the Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic Scholarship for Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Naeymi-Rad is the founder of Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO), Inc. and an expert in the application of standards-based terminology solutions to problems in healthcare. Dr. Kepic is an Obstetrics & Gynecology physician who practices in North Chicago, IL.

The $25,000 scholarship will provide funding for tuition and fees for a student in the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program to obtain his or her degree while gaining practical experience in applying standards-based terminology using IMO tools to solve health-related problems.

The student must currently be enrolled full-time in the OHSU Master of Science (MS) program. He or she must be a student in good standing in the program and be an on-campus student. The scholarship must be used for the student’s tuition and fees. The scholarship will be awarded to support the student starting in the winter quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year.

A competitive selection process is being launched to select a student who is committed to the area of biomedical informatics focused on the application terminology standards. The student will also serve as a resource for the terminology appliance server that is being provided for academic use to the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology.

Interested students are required to complete an application indicating their interest in standards-based terminology for solving problems in healthcare. The scholarship recipient will be selected by a committee of OHSU and IMO personnel and designated as the Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad and Dr. Theresa A. Kepic OHSU Biomedical Informatics Scholar.

The timeline for the awarding of the scholarship will follow the announcing of the program, solicitation of applications, and awarding through a competitive review process.

To maintain the Scholar Status, the student will submit a quarterly report following the IMO report format and make a formal presentation either in person or via teleconference to IMO and OHSU on their work. The student will need maintain a GPA of 3.0 and otherwise good standing in the OHSU program.

For further information about the scholarship, interested students should email Andrea Ilg.

Applications must include the following information (1 to 2 pages) emailed to Ms. Ilg by December 1, 2017:

  1. Name
  2. Program enrollment (degree, track)
  3. Matriculation and planned graduation dates
  4. Describe your vision for applying standards-based terminology using IMO tools to solve health-related problems
  5. Please provide a description of a proposed project using standards-based terminology, with 1-3 sentences for each of the following sections:
  • Background
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Evaluation
  • Goals

Program faculty will work with the funded student to fully elaborate the goals, methods, and outcomes for the project.

DMICE Faculty to Play Major Role in New OHSU-Led National Center for Data to Health

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is the lead institution in a new award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to establish a National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). The center emanates from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program and its major goal is to support the use of health data, algorithms and information systems to bridge basic science and clinical research.

The contact PI of the project is Melissa Haendel, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE). Dr. Haendel co-director of the NCATS-funded Biomedical Data Translator, the Monarch Initiative, and the OHSU Library.

The newly awarded grant provides $25 million over five years to establish the new center, which aims to foster collaboration across more than 50 premier medical research institutions within the CTSA network. According to Dr. Haendel, “The goal is to unlock and coordinate the unique wealth of technologies and innovation that each participating institution brings. Team science, data sharing, use of informatics to integrate and analyze data and collaboration will ultimately improve the care of patients.”

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The specific aims of the center are to (1) harmonize the data ecosystem, (2) realize a software tool ecosystem, (3) synthesize a people ecosystem, and (4) catalyze technical and cultural evolution. The center’s “Idea to Implementation (I2I)” pipeline will leverage the above aims, develop community, and demonstrate translational impact in diverse domains, such as Rare Disease and Lifespan and aging.

Partners in the project include Northwestern University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Sage Bionetworks, Scripps Research Institute, Washington University, the University of Iowa, and the Jackson Laboratory. The governance structure of the project is shown in the figure from the grant proposal.

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A number of DMICE faculty will play major roles in the project as follows.

In addition to serving as an overall project leader, Dr. Haendel will lead Policy for Ontologies/Standards, Operations for Rare disease, Operations for People & Attribution, and will participate in Data and Engagement teams.

Rob Schuff, MS, instructor, will also instantiate the use case elements more directly related to standardization of common clinical data elements against research data warehouses and provide guidance to others working to improve their data and software interfaces and standardization. He will be pivotal in assisting with the technical requirements, development, implementation in Software, clinical data systems expertise in Data and domain application expertise for Rare Disease and Lifespan.

Ted Laderas, PhD, assistant professor, will assist with the development and assessment of materials in Education, as well as participate in Data, Software and Lifespan

David Dorr, MD, MS, will serve as the Coordination Lead for Lifespan and participate in Data, Evaluation and Education.

Shannon McWeeney, PhD, professor and vice chair, will serve as the Policy lead for Education as well as participate in Evaluation, Engagement, Software and Lifespan.

Nicole Weiskopf, PhD, assistant professor, will participate in Data, Engagement, and Lifespan.

Beth Wilmot, PhD, assistant professor, will participate in Data, Software, Lifespan and Rare Disease, providing her domain expertise as well as her experience in diverse methodologies for analysis of complex traits and management, integration and visualization of large, multi-omic, multi-site data sets.

William Hersh, MD, professor and chair, will serve as the Operations Lead in Education and participate in Engagement and People, Expertise and Attribution.

Michael Chiang, MD Elected to American College of Medical Informatics

Chiang-Michael-_CaseyEye_0211-e1507579378734-209x300DMICE Professor Michael Chiang, MD has been elected to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).  He will be inducted into the College on November 5 during the 2017 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium. ACMI is an honorary College of elected fellows from the United States and abroad selected for significant and sustained contributions to the field. Dr. Chiang joins four other DMICE faculty who are fellows of ACMI: Joan Ash, PhD, professor and vice chair; David Dorr, MD, MS, professor and vice chair; Paul Gorman, MD, professor; and William Hersh, MD, professor and chair.

Dr. Chiang is Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU and is vice chair in the Department of Ophthalmology. He also leads the Oregon State Elks Center for Ophthalmic Informatics. As a clinician-scientist, he conducts research in the application of biomedical informatics to clinical ophthalmology. Dr. Chiang’s clinical practice focuses on pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. His research examines telemedicine for diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity and other ophthalmic diseases, implementation and evaluation of electronic health record systems, modeling of clinical workflow and computer-based image analysis for clinical diagnosis.

Dr. Chiang directs aNational Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded T32 training program in translational visual science for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, teaches in both the ophthalmology and biomedical informatics departments, and has directly mentored over 40 graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2003 and his group has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers.

(Adapted from OHSU Research News.)

September Brings 10 New Grants and Contracts for DMICE

The month of September was highly productive for the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), with 7 new grants funded within the department and 3 more larger OHSU grants funded that include DMICE collaborators.

Two faculty received career development grants from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that funds research and training in biomedical informatics.

Michelle Hribar, Ph.D., assistant professor, was awarded an R00 grant, Modeling and Optimization of Clinical Processes Using EHR Data. This research grant provides 3 years of funding with total costs of $672,297.

Nicole Weiskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, has been awarded a K01 grant, Measuring and Improving Data Quality for Clinical Quality Measure Reliability. The career development grant provides 3 years of funding with total costs of $462,128.

Another grant was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to DMICE faculty Jeff Gold, M.D., professor; Vishnu Mohan, M.D., M.B.I., associate professor; and Joan Ash, Ph.D,. professor and vice chair. Entitled, Creation and Validation of a Training Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Proficient Use of EHR by Medical Scribes, the grant is for 5 years with total costs of $2 million.

In addition, Annette Totten, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Eilis Boudreau, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, have been awarded a contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs on sleep study data analytics. Their project will evaluate the Office of Rural Health Pathway to Partnership Sleep-Telemedicine Project to determine whether e-consultation, telehealth, and virtual care models result in equivalent care outcomes when compared to traditional face-to-face care. They will also look at Veterans’ satisfaction with care and cost-effectiveness. The amount of funding for the base year of the contract is $156,210. The VA can choose to exercise two option periods, which would bring the total amount of funding to $424,120.

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (PNWEPC) within DMICE also received new funding. Roger Chou, M.D., professor and EPC director, will be on a grant from the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, Clinical Coordinating Center for Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management for Preventing Acute to Chronic Back Pain. The grant is based at the University of Minnesota, with Dr. Gert Bronfort as principal investigator, and Dr. Chou a co-investigator at OHSU.  In addition, the PNWEPC will be providing guideline support development to the American Urological Association on the topic of recurrent urinary tract infections, with Dr. Chou as the principal investigator.

The department was also awarded an administrative supplement for its NLM biomedical informatics and data science training grant, now in its 26th year. A total of $100,000 has been provided for one year to advance faculty and curriculum development in data science. This adds to the five-year, $4.4 million award that was funded earlier this summer to fund predoctoral and postdoctoral positions from the NLM and the National Institute for Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS). The latter positions will facilitate collaboration between the department and the new OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

A number of DMICE faculty are also part of 3 larger grants awarded to OHSU.

Melissa Haendel, Ph.D,. associate professor, has been awarded a large, multi-institution grant under the CTSA Data to Health (CD2H) initiative of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). Entitled, A National Center for Digital Health Informatics Innovation, the grant involves 9 institutions and includes 5 other DMICE faculty: Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair; Ted Laderas, Ph.D,, assistant professor; David Dorr, M.D., M.S., professor; Nicole Weiskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor; Robert Schuff, M.S., instructor; and William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair.

Annette Totten, Ph.D., assistant professor, is principal investigator of a contract awarded to the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Entitled A Cluster-Randomized Trial Comparing Team-Based versus Primary Care Clinician-Focused Advance Care Planning in Practice-Based Research Networks, the award will provide 4 years of funding with total costs of $8 million. This award has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.

Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair, is Senior Associate Director, Education & Career Development; Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., professor and vice chair, is Associate Director, Translational Bioinformatics; and Rob Schuff, M.S., instructor, is Associate Director, Clinical Research Informatics for OHSU’s Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), which had its 5-year, $37 million grant renewed as part of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.

Learn About Career and Educational Opportunities in Biomedical Informatics at Prospective Student Open House Saturday October 14, 2017

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Discover One of the Leading Programs in Biomedical Informatics!

Please join us to learn more about careers and educational opportunities in biomedical informatics – the field at the intersection of health, biomedicine, computer science, and data science – at the annual Open House of the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program. The Open House will take place this year on Saturday, October 14th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Participants can register and look at the schedule here: DMICE Open House.

The Open House is a great opportunity to learn about our programs and be part of discussions with DMICE Chair William Hersh, Vice Chair Shannon McWeeney, and current students and faculty in the program.

DMICE Bringing Informatics Education to India

bill4The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE), in collaboration with Krishmatics, will be delivering a new online course, Health Informatics and Analytics, to an audience in India. The course will be led by DMICE Chair and well-known informatics educator, Dr. William Hersh. At the end of the online portion of the course, Dr. Hersh will conduct an in-person session in India.

The course adapts and combines components of OHSU’s well-known curricula in both health informatics and data analytics. The overall goal of the course is to provide a deep introduction to the application of information technology and data analytics in healthcare. Students will learn about clinical data, electronic health records, data standards and interoperability, clinical decision support, quality measurement, and information retrieval, and how they are employed in healthcare data analytics.

The course is offered in two parts:

  • An 8-unit Web-based component provided through on-line lectures, readings, interactive discussion, and self-assessment tests accessed via OHSU’s Sakai Learning Management System
  • An intensive one-day in-person session bringing participants together to integrate the material, allow presentation of course projects, and meet the instructor as well as other students in person

The course uses the following teaching modalities:

  • Voice-over-PowerPoint lectures – The key material is delivered using Flash, HTML 5, or a special iPad player. As such, the content is easily accessed by any type of connection to the Internet.
  • Interactive threaded discussion – Students engage in discussion on important issues using the on-line threaded discussion forums. An on-line faculty moderator helps keep the discussion on track.
  • Reading assignments – The course uses a variety of readings made available to students.
  • Homework/quizzes – Each of the units is accompanied by a 10-question multiple-choice self-assessment that aims to have the student apply the knowledge from the unit.

The topics of the course include:

1. Overview of Field and Problems Motivating It
1.1 What is Biomedical and Health Informatics?
1.2 A Discipline Whose Time has Come
1.3 Problems in Healthcare Motivating Biomedical and Health Informatics
1.4 Who Does Biomedical and Health Informatics?
1.5 Seminal Documents and Reports

2. Electronic and Personal Health Records (EHR, PHR)
2.1 Clinical Data
2.2 History and Perspective of the Health (Medical) Record
2.3 Definitions and Key Attributes of the EHR
2.4 Benefits and Challenges of the EHR
2.5 EHR Examples
2.6 Personal Health Records

3. Health Care Data Analytics
3.1 General Health Care Data Analytics
3.2 Extracting and Working with Data
3.3 Population Health and the Application of Health IT
3.4 Applying Health IT to Improve Population Health at the Community Level
3.5 Identifying Risk and Segmenting Populations: Predictive Analytics for Population Health
3.6 Big Data, Interoperability, and Analytics for Population Health
3.7 Data Analytics in Clinical Settings
3.8 Risk Adjustment and Predictive Modeling

4. Standards and Interoperability
4.1 Standards and Interoperability: Basic Concepts
4.2 Identifier and Transaction Standards
4.3 Message Exchange Standards
4.4 Terminology Standards
4.5 Natural Language Processing of Clinical Text

5. Advancing Care With the EHR
5.1 Healthcare Quality
5.2 Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
5.3 Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
5.4 Clinical Workflow Analysis and Redesign
5.5 System Selection and Implementation
5.6 Evaluation of Usage, Outcomes and Cost
5.7 Public Health Informatics

6. Protection and Analytical Use of Data
6.1 Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security
6.2 HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations
6.3 Evidence-based Medicine
6.4 Clinical Practice Guidelines
6.5 Digital Imaging
6.6 Telemedicine: Definitions, Uses, and Barriers

7. Research Informatics
7.1 Clinical Research Informatics
7.2 Bioinformatics – The Big Picture
7.3 Overview of Basic Molecular Biology
7.4 From Clinical Genetics and Genomics to Precision Medicine
7.5 Genomics Data in the EHR and Other Information Systems

8. Information Retrieval (Search)
8.1 Information Retrieval
8.2 Knowledge-based Information
8.3 Content
8.4 Indexing
8.5 Retrieval
8.6 Research: Evaluation and Future Directions

9. Informatics and Analytics in the Indian context (in person)
9.1 Age of digitization in India
9.2 Health Informatics and Analytics in India
9.3 Employment and entrepreneurship opportunities
9.4 Global opportunities
9.5 Course content and expectations
9.6 Technical help

DMICE NLM Biomedical Informatics & Data Science Training Grant Renewed for Five Years

The Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology has been awarded $3.8 million for five years from the NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) to renew its Training Grant in Biomedical Informatics & Data Science.

The grant will provide annual funding for seven PhD students, four postdoctoral fellows, and four short-term training positions for diversity students.

This award is a competitive renewal of this training grant that has been held by OHSU since 1992, making it one of the longest and most established programs in the field. Many alumni of the program have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry. Current trainees in the program recently attended the annual meeting for NLM trainees held this year at the University of California San Diego on June 5-6. The picture below shows trainees and faculty who attended the event, some of whom presented papers and posters (see legend below).

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Front: Mitzi Boardman, Bill Hersh, Aurora Blucher*, Eric Feczko, Kristen Stevens
Middle: Julian Egger, Steve Chamberlin+, Aaron Coyner, Josh Burkhart, Eric Leung*
Back: Dana Womack+, James Jacobs*, Geoff Schau
(Not pictured: Shannon McWeeney, Erin Hickman*)
(*gave oral presentation, +gave poster presentation)

About DMICE

The Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is one of 27 academic departments in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The mission of DMICE is to provide leadership, discovery and dissemination of knowledge in clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics / computational biology. This mission is fulfilled through programs of research, education, and service. For more information, visit http://www.ohsu.edu/informatics

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