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Chair’s Message

pth-use-this-oneWinter is here, though we are starting to see signs of Spring, with crocuses and snowdrops popping up. We are moving toward our vision with a number of activities. We have completed the Clinical Informatics Fellowship match and have filled our two open positions with two excellent candidates who start July 2018. We are in the midst of interviewing students for our research focused MS and research focused PhD programs who will start in Fall 2018. We are actively seeking NLM funded postdoctoral applicants to join our program in Summer/Fall, with applications due March 15, 2018. Information about the application process is here, and information about faculty specifically seeking postdocs is linked from here. Applications are also open for our applied on-line MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies. We are beginning a new overall strategic planning process for all of our Departmental activities in conjunction with preparing for our every 10 year academic program review. We are still actively recruiting new faculty as part of our strategic plan to expand our core faculty by 50%, with 3-4 positions remaining to be filled over the next two years (see link).


Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education Newsletter

March 19-23, 2018


BIME Faculty Candidate – Magaly Ramirez, MS, PhD

Thursday, March 29, 10:00 a.m., South Lake Union, Brotman Auditorium (from off-site connect through Zoom: )

 Speaker: Magaly Ramirez, MS, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles

Title: Health Information Technology to Enable Chronic Illness Care

Health information technology (HIT) tools hold the promise of facilitating the delivery of chronic illness care and supporting patient self-management. My research focuses on how to design and implement HIT tools that enable key players, including health care providers, patients, and informal caregivers, to perform their roles with more efficiency and greater effectiveness. I have a special interest in patient populations with higher health risks due to low socioeconomic status and race or ethnic minority background. In this talk, I will share my research on the feasibility of using text and voice messaging to prompt physical activity among patients with diabetes, patient acceptance of automated remote monitoring of depression in a diabetes management program, and the utility and challenges of using mobile health technology for stroke prevention care management. These studies have taken place within the safety-net system of health care that is operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, which serves predominantly Latinos. Finally, I will also share my ongoing research on primary care provider adherence to an electronic alert for the intensification of blood pressure medications among patients with diabetes and hypertension.


BIME 590A (SLN 11113) – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursdays, 4:00-4:50 p.m., UW Medicine South Lake Union, Building C, Room C123A&B

Facilitator: Adam Wilcox, PhD

Informatics faculty and researchers from the UW and affiliated institutions present their research findings and discuss their views of national developments in their areas of expertise. See the course website for details.

BIME 591A (SLN 11114) – Conversations With Industry

Wednesdays, 12:30pm-1:20pm, Health Sciences Building, Room T478

Facilitators: Dave Masuda, MD and Ron Buie

URL: (currently unpublished)

Description: Students expand their awareness of future opportunities through weekly engagement with informatics professionals in mid and late stages of their careers. The first week will introduce essential tools and strategies for building a professional network as well as guidelines for optimizing the colloquium’s value. Each of the following weeks will feature a guest expert willing to relate their professional journey, provide their perspective on opportunities and strategies, and field questions students may have. Students will end the quarter with real-life insights into possible career paths and a portfolio of professional contacts to reach out to in the future. We aim to include presenters working in multiple application areas, and expect to include some BIME alumni.


 NLM postdoctoral training fellowship- Application Deadline Extended!

Our department has extended the application deadline to April 15, 2018 for our postdoctoral training fellowship for Autumn 2018 start. Information about the application process is here, and information about faculty specifically seeking postdocs is linked (and attached) here.


March 12-16, 2018



DUB Doctoral Colloquium: Call for Submissions

DUB is organizing an upcoming Doctoral Colloquium on May 11! Mid-to-late stage PhD students (e.g., year 3+) of all disciplines across DUB are encouraged to apply. The event is a chance for PhD students to present their key thesis ideas to a diverse audience, and get high-quality feedback from peers and academic/industry panelists. To be considered for the Colloquium, submit a 6-page research description by 5pm April 6th to

For more details about the event, submission process, and this year’s panelists, check out the Call for Participation:

More info about the DUB group:

Questions? Contact Shefali Haldar (


Biering-Sørensen T, Kabir M, Waks JW, Thomas J, Post WS, Soliman EZ, Buxton AE, Shah AM, Solomon SD, Tereshchenko LG. Global ECG Measures and Cardiac Structure and Function: The ARIC Study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities). Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2018 Mar;11(3):e005961. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.117.005961. PubMed PMID: 29496680.

BIME faculty Dr. Mark H. Phillips will be presenting a paper at the AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit in San Francisco next week:

“Applying Probabilistic Decision Models to Clinical Trial Design”

Wade P Smith, Mark H Phillips


March 5-9, 2018


BIME 590A – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, March 8, 4:00pm-4:50pm, UW Medicine South Lake Union, Building C, Room C123A&B

 (Also broadcast live and archived at; livestream will have a red dot in the top left hand corner)

Title:  Working in a healthcare organization: Reflections of a former CIO

Speaker:  James S. Fine, MD

Abstract:  A brief overview of the experience as a chief information officer beginning with a troubled EHR implementation.  Observations as to the importance of leadership, organizational discipline, principals of project management, institutional commitment, etc. will be addressed.

Speaker’s Bio:

James S. Fine, MD is the Paul E. Strandjord and Kathleen J. Clayson Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.  He is the former Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine.  Dr. Fine received a BA in Mathematics in 1968, an MD in 1972 and went on to specialize in Clinical Pathology.  While a resident, he was also an NLM fellow completing an MS in Biometry and Health Information Systems (informatics hadn’t been invented yet) at U of Minnesota.  In 1977 Dr. Fine was recruited to the U of Washington in the Dept. of Laboratory Medicine to become the dept.’s Computer Division head.  He has held additional positions in Lab. Med. and has been involved in the broader IT environment in UW Medicine.   In 1994 he became chairman of the department and in 2005 was appointed CIO for UW Medicine.

See the course website for details.

BIME 591B– Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for Biomedical Informatics

Tuesday, March 6, 1:00-1:50pm., Health Sciences, Room T498

Facilitator: Taryn Hall, PhD

See course website for details.



Announcing the 2018 Gordon Research Seminar on:

Human Genetic Variation and Disease 
Genomic Data in Human Disease and Medicine: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

June 9-10, 2018
University of New England
Biddeford, ME, United States

Chair: Vikas Pejaver

Are you a Post Doc or Graduate Student? The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 9, 2018.

Links: Web Site | Site Information

Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are a series of unique 2-day meetings held in conjunction with an associated GRC that enable graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to come together in a highly-stimulating and non-intimidating environment to discuss their current research and build informal networks with their peers. The seminars are organized by young investigators with the support of leading scientists from the associated GRC.

Additionally, a Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the above GRS. The Human Genetic Variation and Disease GRC is scheduled to take place from June 10-15, 2018 at University of New England, Biddeford, ME and will be chaired by Rita Casadio and Rachel Karchin. Please visit the GRC web site for more information.

Job Posting

Public Health Laboratories (PHL), Office of Public Health Microbiology – Molecular Biology Laboratory for communicable disease surveillance Microbiologist 3 will work on the surveillance and detection of foodborne and communicable disease clusters by analyzing next generation sequencing bacterial genomic data from the Illumina platform. This position will work on furthering the goals of the PulseNet program (CDC) which was established to connect foodborne illness cases to detect outbreaks. This position will also work closely with the GenomeTrakr network (FDA) which utilizes whole genome sequencing for pathogen identification.


Neonatal Jaundice: Improved Quality and Cost Savings After Implementation of a Standard Pathway

Holly M. Romero, Coral Ringer, Michael G. Leu, Elaine Beardsley, Karen Kelly, Megan D. Fesinmeyer, Wren L. Haaland, James B. Johnson and Darren Migita

Pediatrics. 2018 Feb 21. pii: e20161472. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1472. [Epub ahead of print]

February 26-March 2, 2018


 BIME Faculty Candidate – Benjamin Smarr, PhD

Monday, February 26, 10:00 a.m., South Lake Union, Orin Smith Auditorium (from off-site connect through Zoom:

Speaker: Benjamin Smarr, PhD

Kriegsfeld Lab, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Title:  The Time of Our Lives: “Sequencing” Biological Rhythms

Abstract:  The combination of high-resolution instruments with data science has allowed the rise of “omics,” which provide insights at the level of the individual through pattern recognition from vast sums of information across populations. Biological time is yet to be mapped or mined in the same way. Sensor technologies and digital records allow me to capture long-term, continuous, time series data at high temporal resolution from model animals and human subjects. I then mine these time series using analyses adapted from signal processing to identify features in time and frequency composition within individuals that carry surprising insights, allowing phenotyping of individuals, and rapid, accurate prediction of individual physiological changes. I will share examples where I have used this approach of “sequencing time” to yield discoveries with relevance to biological science, the clinic, and public health, focusing on examples from reproduction, development, and learning. I will then discuss the potential for predictive medicine resulting from the expansion of patient data to include similar time-series, generated with wearable devices or through digital activity logs, for processing of application-specific predictors, with examples from my own work with surgical recovery and sleep management.

BIME 590A – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, March 1, 4:00pm-4:50pm, UW Medicine South Lake Union, Building C, Room C123A&B

 (Also broadcast live and archived at; livestream will have a red dot in the top left hand corner)

 Title:  Biomedical informatics and precision medicine are laying the framework for the next generation of data-driven clinical research

Speaker: Sean Mooney, PhD, FACMI

Abstract: It is an opportune time to be engaged in the research and application of informatics in biomedicine.  The increased use of electronic and personal health records and personal mobile devices is creating many opportunities at research academic medical centers.  Within UW Medicine, the University of Washington health system, we are laying the ground work to build the informatics and information technology infrastructure to support research on personalized approaches, and we are beginning to see the early successes of these efforts. In this presentation, I will discuss our support of data for research use within UW Medicine, our efforts to build new machine learning and data science approaches using observational clinical datasets, and our efforts to develop new methods to interpret human genome sequences.  Further, we are leveraging the crowd by organizing and participating in community challenges (critical assessments) to build a better understanding of the types of approaches that perform well in genome interpretation and in what context.  I will discuss our involvement in the critical assessment communities.

Speaker’s Bio: Professor Mooney has spent his career as a researcher and group leader in biomedical informatics. He now leads research IT for UW Medicine and is leading efforts to support and building clinical informatic platforms as its first Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) and as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington.  Previous to his CRIO role, he was an Associate Professor and Director of Bioinformatics at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. As an Assistant Professor, he was appointed in Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine and was founder and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Bioinformatics Core. In 1997, he received his B.S. with Distinction in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Then receiving a Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of California in San Francisco, and then an American Cancer Society John Peter Hoffman Fellowship at Stanford University.

 See the course website for details.

BIME 591B– Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for Biomedical Informatics

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1:00-1:50pm., Health Sciences, Room T498

Facilitator: Taryn Hall, PhD

See course website for details.


 BHI PhD student Dae Lee will present his work at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress in San Antonio on February 25.  The title of the work is ‘ Toward an Early Warning System on Need for Lifesaving Interventions in Intensive Care Patients’.  Authors are as follows: Dae Hyun Lee, Meliha Yetisgen, Eric Horvitz.  Here’s the link to the conference website:

Message from BHI MS Student Ron Buie:

Again, this year I am Vice Co-Chair for the AHIMA Data Institute Planning Committee. We have our call for abstracts out for the 2018 summit this December in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a relatively small event, roughly 150 attendees and 15 presenters over 2 days. Attendees are administrators and executes from hospitals and supporting firms (payers, IT developers, and administrative firms). It is a chance for people to present their ideas to senior managers in industry who are looking for insight into the future of health informatics and problems to organizational problems.


Anyone interested in presenting can read more about it and submit abstracts here:

[Generally you should submit under the education track unless presenting as a vendor; education track sessions must be vendor neutral and satisfy nursing CEU requirements.]

You can see last year’s listing here:

Additionally, the institute is fishing for keynote speakers to open and close each day. Selected keynote speakers are generally executives or thought leaders doing innovative work in industry. In 2017 there was a last minute cancellation and so only 3 speakers. they were:

Desiree Matel-Anderson, Chief Wrangler for Field Innovation Team (FIT) and CEO at Global Disaster Innovation Group

Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, PhD, Owner, Medical Legal Concepts, LLC

Paul Zikopoulos, VP of IBM’s Competitive and Big Data Analytics Teams and Future Trends Expert

If anyone might be interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact me directly at buierw[at]uw[dot]edu 

February 19-23, 2018


 BIME 590A – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, February 22, 4:00pm-4:50pm, UW Medicine South Lake Union, Building E, Room E130A&B

 (Also broadcast live and archived at; livestream will have a red dot in the top left hand corner)

 Title:  The Proof For ‘1+1=2’ Is 300 Pages Long or Why Are Simple Things So Complicated?

Speaker: David Chou, MD


With all the classes and education our students receive, sometimes the most basic principles upon which our education is based are somehow lost.  Some are principles that have been taught (or should have been taught) in high school or college.  Others are based on social skills which again should have been learned earlier in life.  Many IT failures can be traced to environments where projects have proceeded where individuals or groups have ignored these basics.  A few examples of these basic failures will be discussed.  Note: remediation of these problems will be left as a class exercise.

Speaker’s Bio:

Dr. David Chou is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington.  David has been on the faculty of the University of Washington since 1998 in the Department of Laboratory Medicine where he is responsible for the clinical laboratory information systems.  In 2005, he became the CTO of UW Medicine IT Services (ITS) which manages systems for Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Physicians, UW Neighborhood Clinics, and Northwest Hospital.  He will be retiring as CTO in April.

Prior to coming to UW, Dr. Chou spent more than 13 years at the Cleveland Clinic, and four years at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, both in Laboratory Medicine bringing up lab computer systems.  Dr. Chou holds a BS in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University, a MD from University of Pittsburgh, a MS in computer science from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is boarded in Clinical Pathology.  He has worked on computers since 1964, observing a remarkable five-decade revolution from mainframes to tablets and was responsible for standardizing the barcode label format used in most clinical laboratories today.  He maintains an interest in computer technology and its organizational aspects.

 See the course website for details.

BIME 591B– Ethical, Legal and Social Issues for Biomedical Informatics

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1:00-1:50pm., Health Sciences, Room T498

Facilitator: Taryn Hall, PhD

See course website for details.


The High Performance Computing Club has opened its application for cloud grants. If you have a project you want to run on Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform, please submit an application through their website. ( The application is rolling and will be reviewed as they are submitted. The funding period lasts until the end of Spring 2018 quarter.

BHI PhD student Ross Lordon will be presenting at both the Seattle Design for Healthcare Meetup (Wednesday, Feb. 18th) and the Scholars’ Studio.  The Scholars’ Studio event will take place on 2/22 in Research Commons. The title of both talks is “Hey Siri, what can I do to improve my health?”


Job Announcement

Another Informatics Epidemiology and data management job to help address the Opiate Epidemic (Epi 2 – Prescription Monitoring Program Epidemiologist) just opened up:

Informatics Epidemiology and data management job to help address the Opiate Epidemic (Epi 2 – Prescription Monitoring Program Epidemiologist)

  • Managing Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) dataset and providing data, technical assistance and support to data users.
  • Compiling and maintaining large-scale health data.
  • Producing linkages of PMP data to reference datasets.
  • Providing analytic and research support in epidemiologic investigations.
  • Preparing public health data to conduct epidemiologic analyses using statistical software.
  • Conducting ongoing surveillance related to prescription opioid use and routinely performing PMP data quality checks.
  • Disseminating epidemiologic analysis and evaluation results.
  • Serving as a liaison for the Office and Division regarding the PMP system and prescription drug abuse evaluation.