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The IDL Talks Lecture Series brings leaders from academia and industry to OHSU to share their work and perspectives on the dynamic landscapes of clinical informatics and bioinformatics. Each lecture will be recorded and posted on this page shortly after the event.

All IDL Talks now feature a live streaming option, to make the presentations available across the globe. Remote viewers can join the conversation and submit questions to @ohsuinformatics on Twitter, using the hashtag #IDLtalks.

Seating is limited at events and reservations are recommended. Please RSVP to schwabel@ohsu.ed. 

Upcoming Talks

OHSU Informatics Discovery Lab IDL Talks: Leaders in Biomedical Informatics


Video Archives

In order to make the IDL Talks lecture series available to everyone, each talk is video recorded. You can view previous talks in the archives below. (Adobe flash is required)

The KCVI/IDL Partnership: Developing a Cardiovascular  KCVI IDL bug catcher

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) can be used to optimize patient care and improve health outcomes, but effective implementation and utilization of an automated system that produces CQMs from clinical data can be challenging to achieve. Within the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, a collaborative effort has created an automated CQM capability that supports data-driven decision making and has already produced positive interventions in clinical workflows. The project is going to be presented by multiple team members from the perspectives of patient care, informatics, and hospital value. 

Analytics and Population Health Management: How to See Through the Hype
Presented by: Richard Gibson MD, PhD
Thursday, April 14, 2016  

Now that most health systems have implemented EHRs and are facing value-based payment changes, they are turning their attention to data, analytics, and population health management. We will examine the elements of products in these domains: what they do, how they differ, and how they overlap. Products, features, functions, the marketplace, end user experience, and big data will all be discussed. The audience will come away with an assessment of current market capabilities as well as the challenges and benefits healthcare providers face in investing in this technology.

KCVI Experience with the Development of a Mobile App for Cardiology  Skelnar Headshot

Presented by: Jiri Sklenar, PhD, Research Associate Professor, KCVI, OHSU 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

This talk presents our experience at KCVI in which a multidisciplinary team came together to harness synergistic energies and imagination to create, prototype and eventually implement innovative Health IT solutions. We describe the project from the perspective of a "lean startup" within a large organization, the agile methodologies used during the development process, the steps leading to validation and the measurements of impact. We also share some thoughts regarding scalability.

Nutrition Informatics: Measuring Household Grocery Quality for Clinical and Public Health Applications

Presented by: John F Hurdle, MD, PhD Professor, Biomedical Informatics Research, University of Utah Hurdle

Thursday, February 11, 2016  

The impact of a poor diet can be seen in the worldwide epidemic of obesity and diet-related illnesses. As important as dietary health is, nutritional status is essentially invisible to the informatics world. We have no practical means to track the quality of the foods patients or populations consume. In the U.S., studies have estimated that the calories we consume from retail grocery to be from 60 to 70% of all calories. Since the science of nutrition is very much the art of approximation, we argue that informatics tools focusing on the quality of retail grocery foods can provide an excellent proxy for overall dietary trends. In this talk, I will describe the work my Nutrition Data Mining lab has done to provide informatics solutions in support of clinicians and nutrition epidemiologists. 

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State of the IDL 2106

Aaron Cohen, M.D., DMICE, OHSU Thursday, January 14, 2016 

The OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) established an Informatics Discovery Lab (IDL) to address important challenges facing health, healthcare and biomedical research that require informatics innovation as a key component. Collaboration has been a key part of our strategy and the IDL has established effective partnerships both within and outside OHSU. This talk will describe the projects the IDL has been involved with, the progress that has been made, and opportunities and challenges for the future.

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Standards and Interoperability: Motorcycle Guy on FHIR©

Presented by: Keith Boone, GE Healthcare Thursday, September 17, 2015

11:30 - 12:30*

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There’s plenty of buzz about FHIR© (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the most recent standards framework created by Health Level Seven International (HL7). During this presentation, Keith Boone (@motorcycle_guy) will explain why it’s such a hot topic in healthcare IT and describe what the standard does, how it’s different from current standards, a little of its history, and the people and organizations currently working on or using it. boone_keith

About the Speaker: Keith Boone is a Standards Geek for GE Healthcare. In this role, he represents GE Healthcare to various standards organizations, develops standards used for Healthcare, and teaches and promotes those standards in the Healthcare industry. He has worked in Healthcare IT for more than a decade and as a software developer and implementer of standards for more than 25 years. Keith has been a member of both the HL7 International and IHE International boards, and has co-chaired numerous committees in HL7, IHE, and HITSP over the last decade. He is the author of the textbook: The CDA™ Book, and has authored or edited more than two dozen standards and implementation guides. He participates on the national level in standards activities through the ONC Standards and Interoperability Framework (S&I). He has also been a member of several HIT Standards Committee workgroups, including Clinical Quality and the NWHIN Power Team. Keith is also currently enrolled in the Clinical Informatics Master's degree program at Oregon Health & Science University, where he is also helping teach Standards for Interoperability. Keith writes a daily blog on healthcare standards topics, and he is also contributor to blogs on Healthcare IT News and Hospital Impact. He enjoys teaching his children arcane mathematics and riding his motorcycle (a Yamaha V-Star 1100). He can be found on Twitter @motorcycle_guy and is a member of #TheWalkingGallery.

About the OHSU Informatics Discovery Lab and IDL Talks The OHSU Informatics Discovery Lab (IDL) provides leadership, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge in clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics/computational biology. This mission is fulfilled through programs of research, education, collaboration, and service. The IDL Talks lecture series brings to OHSU leaders from academia and industry to share their work and perspectives on the dynamic landscapes of clinical informatics and bioinformatics. Talks are free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. RSVP to   

*Pizza will be served at 11:15. 

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costantiniTopic: Transforming Healthcare: A presentation and interactive discussion on enttrepreneurship, the state of the US healthcare system, and how you can help reshape the most broken industry in the world into what it can and should be 

Presented by: Ray Costantini MD, Director Co-Founder and CEO of Bright.MD

Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PST)
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About the Speaker

Dr. Ray Costantini is Co-Founder and CEO of the Portland based healthcare startup An experienced, innovative physician, a pioneering healthcare business leader, and a seasoned entrepreneur Ray has more than 15 years experience in business startup, management, strategy and product development, and is passionate about helping to transform healthcare. He has led the design and implementation of ground-breaking telehealth products at one of the largest health systems in the country, and is a national speaker on healthcare innovation, telehealth, and patient engagement. He earned his BS and MD from the University of Arizona and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. When not working to transform healthcare, he is often hiking with his wife and four kids in the Columbia River Gorge.

dreisnack-martha-webCan You Hear Me Now?  Integrating Children’s Voices Into the EHR

Presented by: Martha Driessnack PhD, PNP-BC (School of Nursing, OHSU)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  (PST)
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About the Lecture

Research continues to highlight that children are better able to communicate their symptoms and experiences when they are invited to “draw” first. Yet it is not apparent how healthcare professionals integrate children’s drawings and interpretations into the EHR. During this talk Dr. Driessnack will provide an overview of her work involving the active engagement of children in healthcare research/practice and describe the informatics challenge it poses. This challenge is one of the real-world problems OHSU’s team will address when it takes on AMIA’s 2014 Student Design Challenge, "Beyond Patient Portals: Engaging Patients with their Healthcare Providers." 

About the Speaker

Martha Driessnack PhD, PNP-BC is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at OHSU. She graduated with her BS is from The Ohio State University, MS from Yale, and PhD from OHSU, followed by a post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of Iowa and NIH.  She is well known for her research with children and emphasis on engaging children early and often in health-related decision making using child-centered and –directed approaches to data collection. One such approach is the integration of children’s drawings, or more specifically, the Draw-and-Tell Conversation (DTC).  View a brief video of Dr. Driessnack’s recent work with children and chronic headache pain using a computer-based, zoomable interface.

VishnuMohanEHR Sim 2014: Not a Video Game
How EHR Simulation can Help Improve Patient Safety

Presented by: Jeffrey Gold MD and Vishnu Mohan MD, MBI, MBCS

Thursday, April 10, 2014


About the Lecture

EHRs: the final frontier. They were supposed to make healthcare safer, but with the proliferation of clinical data and the lack of interoperability, they have the potential to increase errors. These are the voyages of Drs. Mohan and Gold. Their continuing mission: to explore strange new EHR evaluation methodologies; to seek out new ways to study clinician-EHR interactions and new ways to present relevant data to clinicians; to boldly go where no one has gone before.    

About the Speakers  

Dr. Vishnu Mohan is an internist, clinical educator and clinical informatician. He has served as Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine training program at Legacy Health, where he received numerous teaching awards, prior to joining the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University, where he is primary faculty and has served as Associate Director at the OHSU ONC Curriculum Development Center.   He is involved in OHSU’s effort to advance the meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) by educating professionals in this rapidly growing field. He has been primarily involved in research affecting patient safety, including creating and providing clinical decision support tools and services; developing tools to improve patient safety and safe healthcare delivery; and using high-fidelity simulation to improve safety, as well as enhance interprofessional communication and quality of care. Dr. Mohan is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, a pulmonary critical care physician scientist, became involved with simulation through his desire to improve the use of electronic health records in the care of ICU patients. He is currently concentrating on the role of simulation to improve usability of the electronic health record (EHR) and is working towards integrating EHR simulation into residency and fellowship training. Dr. Gold has just received his first NIH and AHRQ grant for simulation-based activity, totaling $1M+ over the next three years. Over the past year, Dr. Gold has presented his EHR simulation data and results at the American Thoracic Society and the national Epic Annual User’s Group Meeting, where it was very well received. 

Dr. Gold received his MD from New York University (NYU), completed his Internal Medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian and a fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care at NYU. After completing his training, Dr. Gold joined the faculty at NYU as a physician scientist with a research focus in sepsis, receiving appointments as the Critical Care Services Director and Associate Medical Director at Bellevue Hospital. In 2005, Dr. Gold joined the faculty at OHSU and was appointed program director for the Pulmonary Critical Care and Medical Critical Care Fellowships. He also currently serves as the associate director of OHSU’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Gold has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, twice each, at both NYU and OHSU, and was also recognized as Doctor of the Year while at Bellevue Hospital.

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Presented by: Javed Mostafa MD, PhD Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program, University of North Carolina

Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  (PST) BICC 124

About the Speaker

Javed is the Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program ( and the Director of the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research ( His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core at the NC Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute ( and has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction. He regularly serves on program and organizing committees for major conferences and participates as


reviewer for major grant initiatives.  Javed served as an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Information Systems for eight years. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology ( and he also serves as an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (

Translating scientific advances into health care improvements is a passion for Javed, and based on support from UNC’s Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute he co-founded a company concentrating on patient-centric decision support and streamlined care workflow called In UNC, Javed holds a joint faculty position in information science in the School of Information and Library Science and in the Biomedical Research Imaging Center in the School of Medicine. Additionally, he holds the title of Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Duke University.

1c8c79dNext Generation of Innovation on the Semantic Highway Challenges

Presented by: Frank Naeymi-Rad, PhD, MS, MBA

Friday, April 4, 2014


About the Lecture

Every day, clinicians and healthcare organizations are connecting on the semantic highway—electronically exchanging clinical data in meaningful, actionable ways for better patient care. Collaboration on the semantic highway touches health care every day, in every place. Understanding how to leverage this messaging pathway, its inherent concepts, and its "virtual" connections is critical to ongoing innovation in healthcare.

Dr. Naeymi-Rad's presentation will use real-world use case scenarios to illustrate how the semantic highway provides a real-time pathway to messaging based on medical concepts. He will explain why a concept-based semantic highway is a necessary first step in connecting research centers to the point of care, and will discuss the symbiotic relationship between the corporate world and academia, stressing the importance of academic and corporate intersections and "outposts."

About the Speaker

Dr. Naeymi-Rad is chief executive officer, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. He was also co-founder of Intelligent Medical Systems, Inc., which was sold to Glaxo in 1994, in addition to his expertise in electronic medical records and other entrepreneurial ventures. He has been nominated for special recognition by the Oracle Corporation Smithsonian Award in the category of Medicine. Dr. Naeymi-Rad is a member of numerous professional organizations, as well as author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of Medical Informatics. His degrees are from Southern Illinois University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, the latter a Ph.D. in Computer Science. His thesis work focused on medical vocabulary to support Data Base Translation, Information Retrieval, Intelligent Medical Records, and Expert Systems.


Dan_Slater_croppedUsing Systems Integration to Further the Triple Aim in Pharmacy Operations

Presented by: Daniel Slater, MBI, PhD/
DMICE Faculty Candidate

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


About the Lecture

The "triple aim" of improving care, health, and cost is a natural fit with operations research, which seeks to balance competing factors and constraints to optimize resource use and outcomes.  This talk explores how systems integration furthers the triple aim by enabling operations research.  An example will be given of how data integration from disparate systems can yield patterns of healthcare operations at a retail pharmacy.  A systematic approach to conducting operations research based on a newly integrated Pharmacy EHR module will also be discussed.

About the Speaker

Dr. Slater joined OHSU Pharmacy Informatics as a Senior Systems Application Analyst in 2012, after receiving an M.B.I. in Clinical Informatics from DMICE.  He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and has over 20 years of engineering, research, and software development experience.  Recent projects include participating in an Epic Willow Ambulatory implementation, enabling research access to pathology data, and automating supply chain data processes.  His interests are data integration and analysis, systems design, and use of informatics to provide more efficient, safer, and effective patient care.



Holden_Richard_VUMCPatient-Engaged Human Factors Engineering: A Novel Approach to Designing Consumer Health Information Technology

Presented by: Richard Holden PhD, MS, MS
DMICE faculty candidate

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


About the Lecture

Human factors engineering is a discipline devoted to studying and improving human performance from a systems perspective. Human factors approaches have been adapted to and thrived in many domains, including healthcare delivery. Dr. Holden will describe an emerging movement called “patient-engaged human factors,” or the application of human factors theories and principles, methods and tools, analyses, and interventions to study and improve work performed by patients and families, alone or in concert with healthcare professionals. He will show how applying a human factors approach yields insight into the design of consumer health information technology, illustrated in an ongoing NIH sponsored study of self-care among elderly heart failure patients.

About the Speaker

Dr. Holden is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a core member of the Center for Innovation and Research in Systems Safety. For over 13 years, he has applied human factors engineering and psychology to investigate a wide range of workplace phenomena in healthcare, from health information technology implementation and adaptive problem-solving behavior to systems engineering approaches such as lean production. This research has spanned diverse settings, including adult community hospitals, pediatric inpatient nursing and pharmacy, primary and specialty ambulatory care, and the emergency department.

Dr. Holden is the principal investigator of a K01 from the National Institute on Aging to study and technologically support the “work” performed by chronically ill patients and their informal caregivers. He serves or has served as a human factors expert on a variety of studies funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS). Dr. Holden has authored 47 publications in the areas of human factors engineering, biomedical informatics, technology acceptance, and healthcare quality and safety. He received an MS in Psychology, MS in Industrial Engineering, and Joint PhD in Industrial Engineering and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and completed an AHRQ postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).


ryan radecki, mdClinical Insights via Topological Data Analysis

Presented by: Ryan Radecki MD, MS
DMICE faculty candidate

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


About the Lecture

Data have a shape, and hidden within the structure of seemingly chaotic and heterogeneous information may lie novel clinical insight. This mode of data mining, termed topological data analysis (TDA), has wide applicability at the intersection of phenotypic and genomic data. This talk will describe several exploratory clinical applications, including medication safety, Emergency Department forecasting, and implications for predictive applications. The session will close with a brief demonstration of the Ayasdi Iris software platform for TDA.

About the Speaker  

Ryan Radecki, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and an AHRQ Fellow in Patient Safety and Quality at the Gulf Coast Consortia Keck Center. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Symbolic Systems, and attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His work experience spans software engineering for Microsoft, information architecture for interactive marketing, and geographic modeling of trauma system access. In addition to clinical teaching in the Emergency Department, his current academic interests focus on knowledge translation, cost-effectiveness, and decision-support for precision medicine.



Enabling the Reuse of Electronic Health Record Data through Data Quality Assessment and Transparency

Presented by: Nicole Weiskopf, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Faculty Candidate, OHSU

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


About the Lecture

With the increasing adoption of health information technology and the growth in the resulting electronic repositories of clinical data, the secondary use of electronic health record (EHR) data has become one of the most promising approaches to enabling and speeding medical research.

Unfortunately, EHR data are known to suffer from data quality problems exceeding those associated with data collected in traditional research settings.  Although awareness of EHR data quality problems is growing, methodological approaches to measuring data quality remain largely ad hoc.  This talk will outline efforts to derive a systematic and actionable approach to EHR data quality assessment within the context of secondary use.

About the Speaker

After receiving her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, Ms. Weiskopf spent several years conducting eating disorder research and schizophrenia research before transitioning to informatics.  She is currently a PhD candidate in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, where she focuses on methods to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical research.  Her dissertation research addresses the problem of data quality as it relates to the reuse of electronic health record data in observational research.



Extending EHR Capabilities for Better Care Coordination

Presented by: Thanh Tran, CEO and Co-founder, Zoeticx

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


About the Lecture

The authors of a recent JAMIA paper, "Let the left hand know what the right is doing: a vision for care coordination and electronic health records," describeinformation technology capabilities that could substantially improve four care coordination activities: identifying collaborators, contacting collaborators, collaborating, and monitoring.

Zoeticx, a start-up healthcare software company based in San Jose, CA, supports this vision. It seeks to help hospitals improve their overall performance with an application that extends and enhances the capabilities already provided by their EMRs.

During his talk, Mr. Tran will demonstrate Zoeticx’s solution and discuss how its cloud-based data service platform might be utilized to develop additional mobile healthcare applications utilizing the underlying messaging infrastructure. 

About the Speaker

Thanh Tran is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Zoeticx. Thanh has had over 25 years’ technical and management experience in world-class, Fortune 100 organizations; is the author of numerous patents; and is the recipient of multiple industry awards. 

Prior to Zoeticx, Thanh served as the Chief Technology Officer of Amdocs (NYSE:DOX), a $3 billion telecom billing giant, where his responsibilities included Amdocs product strategy, R&D development process, and budget governance.

Prior to Amdocs, Thanh was Senior Vice President and General Manager at BEA Systems, holding P&L responsibility for the $100 million/year Aqualogic product group, which provided Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions. Prior to BEA, he held general manager responsibility for the Development Product group at Borland SW Corporation.

Collaborative Development Across InstitutionsEBJ

Presented by: Ellis B. Johns, MD, MS
Faculty Candidate, OHSU

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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About the Lecture

Software development and inter-institutional collaboration have changed significantly over the past 10 years. Often to achieve the best outcome, a project must leverage the appropriate expertise of individuals located throughout the country/world.  Modern project development requires more efficient use of resources and the use of tool-sets that allow for real-time collaborative decision making.  This talk will outline best-practice principles to facilitate project design and development across institutional boundaries, including public-private partnerships.  This talk will also reference HIT projects that have utilized these principles and explain how each principle was applied to further project development goals.  An open Q&A will follow the presentation.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ellis Johns is currently a resident clinician in the Valley Health Network (Rural Medicine, VCU) and a health IT software engineer who has developed/maintained clinical decision support applications for the Duke Health System, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, North Carolina Medicaid Services and Religent Health (HIT firm located in North Carolina).  He has greater than 6 years of java and .Net application development experience, and he started his medical career as a MD EMT.  His doctorate is in medicine, and he also has degrees in chemical engineering and computer/information science.


dorrWhere Oregon’s Health System Transformation and Informatics Meet

Presented by:
Lori Coyner, MA, Director of Accountability and Quality, Oregon Health Authority
David Dorr, MD, MS, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics, Oregon Health & Science University

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


About the Lecture

The increasing focus on the electronic health record (EHR) adoption and implementation is resulting in greater opportunity to measure the quality, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care by sharing information across settings and health care stakeholders. Endeavors like Meaningful Use, the EHR adoption incentive program, and health reform efforts such as Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and Patient Centered Primary Care Homes offer specific measures and increase our ability to share information – but much has to be done to capitalize on these opportunities.

Lori Coyner, MA, Director of Accountability and Quality at the Oregon Health Authority, and OHSU Associate Professor David A. Dorr, MD, MS will discuss the efforts underway at the Oregon Health Authority and at OHSU to learn how to advance health reform through Health Information Exchange (HIE) and quality measurement.

About the Speakers

Lori Coyner recently joined the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as Director of Accountability and Quality. There she oversees the quality and incentive metrics for Oregon’s CCOs, the basis for Oregon’s health care transformation effort for Medicaid enrollees. Prior, she served as the Director of Measurement and Reporting at the Oregon Health Care Quality Corp.

Ms. Coyner is an accomplished biostatistician and was responsible for the development of Quality Corp’s quality and utilization reporting system and measure development. Additionally, she has had many years of experience working in academic settings at OHSU and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She maintains her faculty appointment in the OSHU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, where she teaches Introduction to Biostatistics.

David Dorr is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Informatics in the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE). He is a pioneer in risk-stratified care management, predictive analytics, interactive population management systems, and care transformation. He leads Care Management Plus, a high-tech, team-based care approach that has demonstrated substantial societal savings and been disseminated to more than 300 clinical teams. He also leads technical assistance for the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative from CMS in Oregon, where he leads 67 primary care clinics in their effort to transform to high-efficiency, effective care sites.

Dr. Dorr earned his B.A. in Economics (with minors in Mathematics and Psychology) and his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed Internal Medicine residency at OHSU, and earned a Master's degree in Medical Informatics and Health Services Administration from the University of Utah.


The Accidental EntrepreneurLulu-Cambronne_cropped

Presented by: Lulu Cambronne, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
*Posting of this video is delayed due to discussion of pending patents

Lecture Summary

How did researcher Lulu Cambronne become an entrepreneur? Purely “by happenstance,” she says.

While studying cellular microRNAs, Dr. Cambronne developed a lab technique – RISC-trap – that she realized might also help other scientists. But she wasn’t sure whether or how to take it to market. So she connected with the OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) office, which supported her through the commercialization process. The result: TTBD filed the patent for RISC-trap in January 2013 and the technology was licensed the same month. Today, a product based on the technology is available on the market.

During this talk, Dr. Cambronne will share her personal account and lessons drawn from her experience developing and licensing the RISC-trap technology, used to empirically identify cellular targets for specific microRNAs.

About the Speaker

Dr. Cambronne is a fourth-year post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Richard Goodman at the Vollum Institute, and was named 2013 New Inventor of the Year by TTBD. Her research is dedicated to understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind activity-dependent changes in neuronal systems. Lulu obtained her PhD from Harvard Medical School with Dr. Wade Harper, and an Hon BSc from the University of Toronto in molecular genetics.


Partnerships between InformaticsBret_Shillingstad and Clinical End Users

Presented by: Bret Shillingstad, MD
Clinical Informatics Team, Epic Systems Corp.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013



Lecture Summary

The rapid rollout of Electronic Health Records and advent of Meaningful Use has permanently changed the clinical landscape.  Now that they are in widespread use, what is next?  What needs have become evident?  In this lecture we will explore needs ranging from Content Management to Clinical Decision Support to Personalized Medicine, along with optimization of workflows and end-user interfaces.  The talk will focus on what can be accomplished today but also requires tools and content to be developed and maintained by Clinical Informatics. The lecture will also include a live software demonstration to showcase what is possible today, but not being leveraged, along with discussion and open Q&A at the end. The goal is to give those who attend a vision for future projects that can be initiated now and will lead to an increasing relevance of Clinical Informatics in the day-to-day practice of medicine.

About the Speaker

Bret Shillingstad, MD, FACS, is a physician on the Clinical Informatics team at Epic Systems Corp. Bret is a board-certified general surgeon who previously co-owned and co-managed a multi-specialty group practice. While in practice he used several electronic health record systems and voice recognition software. He began working at Epic full-time in February 2004 after practicing for nearly eight years. At Epic, he is involved in many facets of the EHR, including pre- and post-go live audits, content development, reporting and discrete data collection, physician engagement, presentations related to the EHR, and optimization.



People-Centered Research at Intel Health & Life Sciences

Presented by: Nancy Vuckovic, PhD
Director of User Experience Research, Health Strategy & Solutions Group, Intel

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


Lecture Summary

Intel’s Health and Life Science group drives Intel’s healthcare research, product innovation, and strategy.  The group’s goal is to transform health care worldwide by using technologies that personalize care, improve mobile healthcare, and enable the elderly to age in place. These goals are built on Intel’s long-standing work in health care and its people-centered approach to technology design. Dr. Vuckovic will talk about Intel’s involvement in health care, and the role of user experience (UX) research in addressing challenges that affect health and the delivery of health care.

About the Speaker

Nancy Vuckovic is a medical anthropologist and director of user experience research in the Health Strategy & Solutions Group. Her research at Intel has included studies of clinician mobility in hospitals, delivery of home-based primary care, and the experiences of patients and family caregivers during care transitions. She currently leads a team of ethnographers and user interface designers based in the US, England and China.
Prior to joining Intel, Nancy was a principal investigator at the Kaiser Center for Health research, where she developed and led health services research studies and clinical trials of behavior change interventions and alternative therapies for pain management.



Bridging the Gap Between Promising Research and Public Benefit 

September 19th, 2013

Presented by: Andrew Watson, PhD, CLP
Director, Technology Transfer, OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development


Lecture Summary
Have you ever wondered how ideas generated by academic research become a reality in the marketplace? Have you ever thought about starting a business based on your research?
OHSU research drives discoveries that improve healthcare, create jobs, expand the economy and improve quality of life, so it has developed a strong infrastructure for commercialization and collaboration. Industry-academic collaborations are continuing to grow and diversify, connecting researchers to alternative outlets for crucial project funding. OHSU's office of Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD) sits at the forefront of expanding these activities at OHSU.

This talk will provide an overview of TTBD and how it works to support collaborations that benefit researchers, the university, industry, and society. Come learn how you can work with TTBD to move ideas out of the research lab and into the real world of patients, providers, manufacturers, and health care systems.

About the Speaker

Andrew Watson, PhD, CLP is the Director of Technology Transfer for the OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development office and has worked in technology development at OHSU and The Scripps Research Institute for more than 10 years. He oversees three broad areas: technology development and licensing; agreements; and patenting. Dr. Watson trained as a biomedical scientist with a focus in Immunology and Infectious Diseases.



The Promise of Healthcare IT: Moving Beyond
Electronic Records

July 22nd, 2013

Presented by: Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD
Managing Director, North America Health Industry, Accenture 


Lecture Summary

Universally, public policy has held out that information technology is a key to modernizing healthcare and making it more affordable, accessible, and effective. In large part this has been translated into a preoccupation with electronic health records and related decision support technologies. Undoubtedly, there is a need to go beyond reliance on paper communication, physician memory, and the limits of human decision making. However, evidence so far that these technologies have transformed the care experience is equivocal at best. So when will the promise of information technology be realized? For one thing, the generational divide between Baby Boomers and Generation Xers deeply impacts both clinicians’ and patients’ expectations of the role information technology will play in their healthcare. The demand for personalization will require technology to become increasingly more complex yet appear to become simpler.

At its heart, healthcare is about connecting people to people, information, and resources. More specifically, information technology beyond electronic health records will be needed to extend our healthcare system's capacity, permit widespread collaboration, allow information in legacy systems to interoperate, and meet the growing demand for a personalized healthcare experience. Dr. Safavi will explore the imperatives and trends, and show some examples of how information technology that is big, personal, and social can truly deliver the promise to transform healthcare.

About the Speaker

Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD. is Accenture’s health industry lead for North America. He oversees the payer, provider and public health offerings and is responsible for the health strategy, growth initiatives and market capabilities. Safavi joined Accenture from Cisco in 2011, where he led the global healthcare practice. Prior to that, he was Thompson Reuter’s chief medical officer of Health Businesses and United Healthcare’s vice president of medical affairs. He also has served in leadership roles at Solucient, Humana, HealthSpring and Alexian Hospital Network.


Next Generation User Experience in Clinical Care

July 16th, 2013

Presented by: Jonathan A. Handler, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, M*Modal


Lecture Summary

The user experience (UX) is a key element in the success or failure in clinical applications – in terms of user acceptance, user efficiency, and most importantly, user effectiveness in creating better outcomes for patients. Too often the UX hinders rather than helps users achieve these goals.

This talk will discuss some of the pitfalls in UX design for healthcare and the opportunities for creating better user experiences that lead to greater clinical and operational efficiency and effectiveness. We will discuss and show real world applications of these concepts and the improvements they can bring to care. Finally, some approaches for the future and opportunities for research and development in the area will be explored.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Handler, MD, FACEP joined M*Modal in June 2012 as Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Handler is responsible for enhancing the company’s clinical and medical informatics strategic initiatives, and for providing input and physician perspective to the design and implementation of M*Modal’s technology solutions to the healthcare industry.

Dr. Handler is a board-certified emergency physician with twenty years of experience in Medical Informatics. In addition to more than a decade of clinical practice at academic medical centers, he previously served as the Chief Deployment Architect at the Health Solutions Group in Microsoft, Director of Azyxxi Development at the National Institute for Medical Informatics, and Director of Emergency Medicine Research and Informatics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he remains an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.


Shifting from Volume to Value: The Areas that peter-kinhan-cropped
Healthcare Providers Are Focusing On to Deliver
More Accountable and Integrated Care.

June 27th, 2013

Presented by: Peter Kinhan, MBA.
General Manager, GE Healthcare.


About the Speaker

Peter Kinhan is a General Manager in GE’s Healthcare IT division. In this role he leads a business called Integrated Care that is focused on helping healthcare providers rethink and rewire their care delivery processes to excel under the value-based market pressures of Accountable Care. Peter’s role in Solution Development is specifically focused on creating innovative, market-leading offerings that combine advisory services with technology and analytics and forging successful client partnerships that help test and refine R&D in real healthcare settings.

Peter also works closely with the newly formed Microsoft and GE Joint Venture called Caradigm as a Strategic Partner and several other healthcare start-ups in the area of Analytics and Patient Engagement.

The Evolving Role of the Chief Medical Nguyen_DrInformation Officer

June 4th, 2013

Presented by: Viet Nguyen, MD 
Chief Medical Officer, Systems Made Simple


Lecture Summary

As healthcare information technology has evolved over the past thirty years, so has the role of the Chief Medical Information Officer. From the tech-savvy staff physician to a fellowship trained clinical informaticist, the definition of CMIO is as varied as healthcare itself. Dr. Viet Nguyen will present his path into the role of CMIO for Systems Made Simple, Inc. a Service-Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business. His will discuss his duties at Systems Made Simple, and contrast his role as CMIO to those within other healthcare organizations, both private and public. Finally, he will present his vision for the CMIO in the future as the practice of medicine becomes even more dependent on information technology.

About the Speaker

Dr. Nguyen is a practicing internist and pediatrician who was trained in Medical Informatics at the University of Utah. He advises the Executive Board on corporate strategy and provides clinical and informatics expertise to Operations, Business Development, and Research and Innovations.
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BS in Bioengineering. He earned his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Utah. He completed his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residencies at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Medical Center. Following a year as a Chief Pediatric Resident at Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Nguyen completed a year of Medical Informatics training at the University of Utah. Initially as a fellow and then as a contractor, he has worked with the Veterans Administration to standardize clinical terminology and promote interoperability since 2002.


The Future of Data & Analytics SkillsstevenmillerIBM

May 9th, 2013

Presented by: Steven Miller, MS, Project Manager, IBM.
Follow Steven on Twitter @brandsteve

Lecture Summary

Big data is transforming the world around us. The fields of healthcare and biomedical research, especially, will be transformed by the application of big data techniques to improve the amount of knowledge acquired using our current resources. We'll discuss how IBM is helping universities develop curricula to build the deep talent pipeline required to fully leverage the potential of big data. What core literacy does every student need? What specialties are needed? How should curriculum evolve to meet current and future demand? We'll conclude with an open discussion looking at how IBM and OHSU might collaborate to achieve common goals. 

About the Speaker

Steven Miller, Program Director of IBM's Information Management Practitioner Marketing Team, is responsible for IBM's Big Data & Analytics Professional of the Future program. With this program, IBM collaborates with schools in the U.S. and abroad to develop the strong pipeline of talent needed for the next century with a focus on data scientists, information architects and strategists, data policy professionals, and developers. 



Transforming 300 Billion Points of Data into Diagnostics, Therapeutics, and New Insights into Disease

April 25th, 2013

Presented by: Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine
Learn more about Dr. Butte at his website.

Lecture Summary

With the end of the United States NIH budget-doubling and completion of the Human Genome Project, there is a need to translate genome-era discoveries into clinical utility. The difficulties in making bench-to-bedside translations have been well described; the nascent field of translational bioinformatics may help. 

Dr. Butte’s lab at Stanford builds and applies tools that convert more than 300 billion points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data -- measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade -- into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Dr. Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, will highlight his lab’s work on using publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs and evaluating patients presenting with whole genomes sequenced.