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Chair’s Message

pth-use-this-oneSpring has arrived, and the cherry blossoms are in bloom on the University of Washington campus. We have completed the application and interview process for our Clinical Informatics fellowship and new fellows will start in July 2017. Prospective PhD students visited in March. We are also ramping up our annual admissions for our on-line applied MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies with applications due May 1st. Finally we are in the midst of an annual faculty recruitment cycle as part of our strategic plan to expand by 50% our core faculty, with 7 positions remaining to be filled over the next two years (see link).

We are happy to share that the University of Washington has maintained its No. 11 position in US News Best Global Universities ranking, and is ranked third among public institutions.  Read more here:  http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/10/25/uw-maintains-no-11-position-in-us-news-best-global-universities-ranking-third-among-public-institutions/

Cordially,

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

 

BIME Event Calendar

For a calendar listing of upcoming events, click here.

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Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education News

June 26-30, 2017

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES

Janice Sabin was an invited speaker at the Dietitians of Canada Annual Meeting, St. John, Newfoundland. Title of the presentation: Beneath the Surface: Implicit Bias in Healthcare. The talk was given remotely from Seattle.

Congratulations to new mother Laura Kneale!

BHI Predoc Laura Kneale and her husband, Mike Yagley, welcomed a new baby girl, Madeleine, on June 15. Both mom and baby are doing well.

Congratulations to Ryan James!

BHI Predoc Ryan James has been awarded the GO-MAP Stroum Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year!  This highly competitive award is based on departmental nomination of graduate students who demonstrate academic merit, have achieved candidacy, are on track to complete their doctorate in the next academic year, and whose graduate academic pursuits will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of future scholarship and research.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Lach, P. & Chen, A. T. (accepted). Tagging for justice: Challenging hegemonic object description through participatory metadata creation. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2017 Conference. Nov. 2-4, 2017. Orlando, Florida

AMIA ’17 Podium abstract:

Improving Electronic Inpatient Progress Notes Using Voice: Results from the VGEENS Project

Thomas H. Payne, MD, J. Andrew Markiel, PhD, W. David Alonso, MD, Ross Lordon, BS, Kevin Lybarger, MS, Meliha Yetisgen, PhD, Jennifer M. Zech, MS, Andrew A. White, MD University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Podium Presentation:

Liang WH, de Veer B, Korngiebel DM, Chen AT, Jarvik GP, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Crosslin DR. (accepted). User-Centered Design of a Collaborative Genetic Variant Interpretation Tool. Podium presentation to be presented at: American Medical Informatics Association 2017 Annual Symposium; 2017 November 4-8; Washington, DC.

 

 

June 19-23, 2017

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Wen-Wai Yim, Sharon Kawan, Guy Johnson, Meliha Yetisgen. Classification of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Stages from Free-text Clinical and Radiology Notes. To appear in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium (AMIA’17).

Kevin Lybarger, Mari Ostendorf, Meliha Yetisgen. Automatically Detecting Likely Edits in Clinical Notes Created Using Automatic Speech Recognition.  To appear in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium (AMIA’17).

Podium Abstract: 

Dae Hyun-Lee, Meliha Yetisgen. Clustering Vital Sign Observations Using Unsupervised Random Forest. To appear in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium (AMIA’17).

 

Chen, A. T., Carriere, R. M., & Kaplan, S. J. (in press). The user knows what to call it: Incorporating patient voice through user contributed tags on a participatory platform about health management. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Panel presentation

Chen, A. T., Lach, P., Kaplan, S. J., & Xiao, L. (accepted). Incorporating Values Sensitive Design into crowdsourcing methodologies for knowledge collaboration. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Oct. 27 – Nov. 1, 2017, Washington, DC, USA.

 

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to Peter Myler!

Yesterday was the awards ceremony for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award in Development Cooperation that BHI Affiliate Professor Peter Myler shared with Pedro Alonzo this year.  Interestingly, the winners of the award for Basic Science went to two very famous statisticians, David Cox from Oxford and Bradley Efron from Stanford, with whom many BHI faculty and student will be familiar.  Read the full details here: https://www.cidresearch.org/news/myler-awarded-international-prize-from-bbva-foundation

Congratulations to new father Abdul Alshammari!

BHI PhD student Abdul Alshammari and his wife Sana are proud parents to a new baby girl named Noorah. She was born at Swedish Medical Center on June 9 at 4:48 AM, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19 inches. Both the mom and the little princess are doing well.

 

BHI Adjunct Professor Tom Payne joined BIME alumnus Daniel Capurro in Santiago for several talks in May at Universidad Católica de Chile and elsewhere.  He sends his regards to the BIME community.

June 12-16, 2017

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to Xiyao Yang!

On June 2, Xiyao successfully defended her MS thesis titled, “Leaf2Tableau: From Real-Time Clinical Data to Clinical Knowledge Discovery,” with her supervisory committee chaired by Dr. Sean Mooney. Her committee also included Drs. John Gennari, Adam Wilcox, and Mark Wurfel.

Congratulations to Dongyang Chen!

On June 5, Dongyang successfully defended his MS thesis titled, “Qualitative Assessment of Hot Debriefs for Code Teams at Seattle Children’s Hospital,” with his supervisory committee chaired by Dr. John Gennari. His committee also included Dr. Joan Roberts.

Congratulations to Carmen Kwong!

On June 7, Carmen successfully defended her MS thesis titled, “Modeling Infectious Disease Spread Using Transportation Networks,” with her supervisory committee chaired by Dr. John Gennari. Her committee also included Dr. Elaine Nsoesie.

BHI Faculty Peter Myler was featured in a GeekWire news article:

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/scientists-model-1000-complex-proteins-help-develop-treatments-infectious-diseases/

 

Colonel Neris Nieves-Robbins, who is a CIPCT student and a Madigan Clinical Informatics Fellow working with Peter Tarczy-Hornoch and Fred Wolf on her research project, has just been selected as the Military Health System (MHS) Genesis Liaison Officer, US Army Medicine Headquarters in Falls Church VA. She also successfully defended her scholarly project this week, titled “Systematic Review of the Impact of Healthcare Predictive Analysis.”

BHI END OF YEAR CELEBRATION

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

On June 9, the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program held its annual End of Year Celebration at the University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB). The celebration included a graduation ceremony for the following students and postdoctoral fellows who successfully completed the BHI program this academic year.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Nikhil Gopal

Hyunggu Jung

Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Dongyang Chen

Tressa Hood

Carmen A. Kwong

Wayne H. Liang, MD

Carolyn A. Paisie, PhD

Jin Qu

Shuyang Wu

Xiyao Yang

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical and Health Informatics

Wayne H. Liang, MD

Carolyn A. Paisie, PhD

Please join BHI in congratulating the Class of 2017!

Congratulations to Drs. Dave Masuda and Wayne H. Liang!

The End of Year Celebration also included the presentation of our annual awards. BIME professor Dave Masuda, MD, was honored with the 2016-17 Excellence in Teaching Award in Biomedical and Health Informatics. This award recognized a core BHI instructor who demonstrated excellence in teaching a core course during this academic year and was selected by vote by first-year students who took the core curriculum. Dr. Masuda taught BIME 535: Clinical Care and Informatics.

BHI postdoctoral fellow Wayne H. Liang, MD, was honored with BHI’s inaugural Best Colloquium Award. This award recognized a BHI student or postdoctoral fellow for excellence in organizing, leading, and facilitating a BIME 591 colloquium with faculty sponsorship during this academic year and was also selected by student vote. Wayne taught the colloquium “Precision Medicine and Informatics” in spring quarter.

Congratulations to our award winners!

 

TEACHING SCHOLARS GRADUATION

 Teaching Scholars Graduation

Date: June 13, 2017

Time: 9:00am-12pm (noon)

Location: South Campus Center, 354

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Claire Han, Youngji Lee, George Demiris. “Interventions Using Social Media for Cancer Prevention and Management: A Systematic Review” Journal of Cancer Nursing, 2017, (in press).

BHI MS student Ron Buie and PhD student Aakash Sur represented the the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics at Sammammish High School’s recent STEM Fair.

June 5-9, 2017

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM

BIME Faculty Lynne Robins invites faculty to:

CLIME Together: A Symposium for Excellence in Health Professions Education
Who: UW Health Professions Educators
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 9:00am – 1:00pm | Hors D’oeuvres reception from 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: Talaris Conference Center (4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105)
Why: Come meet other members of UW’s vibrant community of educators and participate in a half-day of activities devoted to sharing educational innovations and scholarship. Let’s celebrate our education community and its accomplishments together!
RSVPhttps://2017climetogether.eventbrite.com
There is no cost to attend.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
We are delighted that Dr. Leslie H. Fall, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University and MedU, will kick-off our morning with an invited plenary.

  • 8:30 – 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:00am: Welcome & Invited Plenary, “Collaborating to improve the integration of basic science into health professions education and practice ” by Leslie H. Fall, MD, Giesel School of Medicine, MedU
  • 10:00 – 10:10am: Break
  • 10:10 – 11:20am: Lightning Round Abstract Presentations
  • 11:20 – 11:30am: Break
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm: Hackathon Round Table Discussions: A team-based creative exercise for new innovations
  • 12:45 – 1:00pm: Awards and Acknowledgements
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm: Hors D’oeuvres Reception

 

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES

BHI Faculty George Demiris received funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research for an R01 grant to conduct a four-year clinical trial examining an informatics enhanced supportive intervention for hospice caregivers.  This work is a continuation of the recently completed clinical trial examining telehealth based problem solving therapy for family caregivers.

Congratulations to Shuyang Wu!

On May 24, Shuyang successfully defended her MS thesis titled, “A Bayesian Network Model of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Incorporating Gene Expression Profiles,” with her supervisory committee chaired by Dr. Fred Wolf. Her committee also included Drs. Mark Phillips and Mark Whipple. 

Congratulations to Tressa Hood!

On May 31, Tressa successfully defended her MS thesis titled, “A Systems Biology Approach to Characterizing Gene Fusion Pathways in Cancer,” with her supervisory committee chaired by Dr. Neil Abernethy. Her committee also included Drs. Ali Shojaie and Erin Piazza.

Congratulations to Jin Qu!

On May 31, Jin successfully defended his MS thesis titled, “Predicting Cancer Outcome with Multispectral Tumor Tissue Images,” with his supervisory committee chaired by Dr. Peter Myler. His committee also included Dr. Ilya Shmulevich.

UPCOMING MASTER’S DEFENSES

 

Dongyang Chen
Monday, June 5, 11am, Health Sciences Building, T359
Title: Qualitative Assessment of Hot Debriefs for Code Teams at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Abstract: Seattle Children’s Hospital recently implemented ‘hot debriefs’ for code teams that respond to cardiac or respiratory resuscitation code events. Hot debriefs are meetings immediately after the code event where the code team members are able to discuss the details of the event that just transpired. These discussions generally revolve around aspects of the code event that went well as well as those that could be improved upon. Before the implementation of these hot debriefs, no such formal meetings with the entire code team were required. This meant that if any particular code team member did want to discuss a code event, participation was minimal and the meeting would often occur at a much later time such as the following day. Hot debriefs were implemented with the intent of increasing information review and improving the quality of future code events. I assessed the status of these hot debriefs using well-established qualitative research methods and semi-structured interviews with clinicians who participated in them to understand their thoughts and feelings on the new process. I interviewed ten participants (including nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, etc.) and qualitatively analyzed their responses. Four key themes emerged: the effectiveness of hot debriefs, process formalization, openness of communication, and dissemination of information. For the first theme, the participants unanimously approved of the hot debriefs as a process for increasing information review and improving the quality of code events. However, there were concerns revolving around the other three themes with mixed opinions. This study shows that in order to effectively implement a process such as hot debriefing, one should consider the needs and opinions of the participants themselves.

 

Carmen Kwong
Wednesday, June 7, 10am, South Lake Union, C123A
Title: Modeling Infectious Disease Spread Using Transportation Networks
Abstract: Changes in population demographics, spatial factors, and pathogen incidence make it difficult to create and validate preventative care and control strategies for disease outbreaks. Due to the complexity of the transmission process in different infectious diseases, there is much we still do not understand about how they spread in real populations.

Historically, epidemiologists and public health researchers have used compartmental modeling to predict incidence, study diffusion patterns, and approximate the target percentages of a population necessary for successful vaccination programs. Road and public transportation networks impact population mixing, affecting how fast people travel, and what routes they may prefer. Studying the results of integrating transportation networks onto disease transmission models may help improve the accuracy of current epidemiological modeling.

My research analyzes current capabilities in geospatial data and network modeling for predicting incidence by utilizing traffic and transportation data to build a representative compartmental model of influenza within the Puget Sound region (Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia Combined Statistical Area).

 PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Kaplan, S. J., Carriere, R. M., Chen, A. T. (accepted). De-Constructing the Co-Construction: Researcher Stance, the Nature of Data, and Community Building in an Online Participatory Platform to Create a Knowledge Repository. Proceedings of the ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting.

 

1: Chung J, Ozkaynak M, Demiris G. Examining Daily Activity Routines of Older Adults Using Workflow. Journal of Biomedical Informatics (In Press)

2: Chi NC, Sparks O, Lin SY, Lazar A, Thompson HJ, Demiris G. Pilot testing a digital pet avatar for older adults. Geriatr Nurs. (In Press)

3: Washington KT, Guo Y, Albright DL, Lewis A, Parker Oliver D, Demiris G. Team functioning in hospice interprofessional meetings: An exploratory study of

providers’ perspectives. J Interprof Care. (In Press)

4: Washington KT, Parker Oliver D, Smith JB, McCrae CS, Balchandani SM, Demiris G. Sleep Problems, Anxiety, and Global Self-Rated Health Among Hospice Family

Caregivers. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. (In Press)

 

 

May 29-June 2, 2017

UPCOMING LECTURES AND SEMINARS 

BIME 590A – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, June 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm, UW Medicine South Lake Union, Room C123A&B

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

 Title:  Designing Co-therapy Tools for Peers

 Speaker: Katie O’Leary, PhDc, Information School, University of Washington

Abstract:  More than 18% of American adults manage mood disorders that interfere with their work, family, and social relationships. These individuals must engage in complex work to manage their moods on a daily basis, including taking medications, tracking indicators, self-administering cognitive interventions, and using emotional regulation skills. This complex self-care is burdensome, and difficult to perform under the influence of extreme mental states. Moreover, individuals are commonly faced with performing these tasks in isolation due to the stigma of mental illnesses and the barriers (e.g. cost and transportation) to accessing support. Although research has investigated behavioral intervention technologies for delivering mental health care at scale, such as online tutorials, mood tracking, crowdsourcing, and chat-based hotlines, little is known about how online tools can facilitate peers to build core psychotherapy skills together. I introduce my dissertation work exploring this design space of co-therapy tools for peers, including designs by peers envisioning futuristic technologies, and data from a field study of a new co-therapy tool, called Chatback, that empowers peers to use evidence-based skills in supportive chats.

Speaker’s Bio:  Katie is a fifth-year Information School PhD student at the University of Washington, working across the disciplines of informatics, design, and psychology. She has worked at the Group Health Research Institute, and Google as a UX Research Intern. Her research in industry and academia has informed the design of health reminders, clinician-patient collaboration, peer-to-peer psychotherapy, online privacy, and multi-device experiences. Her dissertation work focuses on designing mobile and web tools for new social practices that promote mental health. Jacob O. Wobbrock, Wanda Pratt, Kristen Lindgren, and Stephen Schueller advise this work.

http://students.washington.edu/kathlo/index.html

 

BIME 591D – Precision Medicine and Informatics

Wednesday, May 31, 1:00–1:50 p.m., SOCC 308

Facilitator: Wayne Liang, MD

See course website for details.

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES 

New Faculty Announcement: We are delighted to announce the Andrea Hartzler will be joining the core BIME faculty on 9/1/2017. Her research focus is on the human-centered design of collaborative technologies that empower people to help one another lead healthy and productive lives. She will be coming to us after 3 years working as a scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute (now Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute) working with multidisciplinary teams and care delivery on  patient-centered research and services spanning genome-guided decision support to patient-generated data. 

Dr. Lynne Robins invites BIME faculty to attend CLIME’s Annual Symposium:

CLIME Together: A Symposium for Excellence in Health Professions Education
Who: UW Health Professions Educators
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 9:00am – 1:00pm | Hors D’oeuvres reception from 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: Talaris Conference Center (4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105)
Why: Come meet other members of UW’s vibrant community of educators and participate in a half-day of activities devoted to sharing educational innovations and scholarship. Let’s celebrate our education community and its accomplishments together!
RSVPhttps://2017climetogether.eventbrite.com
There is no cost to attend.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
We are delighted that Dr. Leslie H. Fall, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University and MedU, will kick-off our morning with an invited plenary.

  • 8:30 – 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:00am: Welcome & Invited Plenary, “Collaborating to improve the integration of basic science into health professions education and practice ” by Leslie H. Fall, MD, Giesel School of Medicine, MedU
  • 10:00 – 10:10am: Break
  • 10:10 – 11:20am: Lightning Round Abstract Presentations
  • 11:20 – 11:30am: Break
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm: Hackathon Round Table Discussions: A team-based creative exercise for new innovations
  • 12:45 – 1:00pm: Awards and Acknowledgements
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm: Hors D’oeuvres Reception

 

1R01MD011532-01 funded May 2017: Janice Sabin has received funding from the NIMHD in the role of Co-Investigator to assist in implementation of the COmmuNity-engaged SimULation Training (CONSULT) for Cultural Competence project. CONSULT is a training intervention being developed by UMass Medical School that features community-members from racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disadvantaged populations as high-fidelity standardized patients (actors trained to portray patients in simulations). The goal of CONSULT is to train early-stage clinicians in the setting of a safety-net health system that serves a disproportionate share of populations of color and low socioeconomic status to develop awareness and communication skills that can overcome sociocultural differences between patients and providers, and the effects of these differences on communication and clinical outcomes. The primary outcome is change in blood pressure recorded in the electronic medical record of racial and ethnic minority patients and Medicaid recipients (regardless of race) with hypertension. Dr. Sabin will serve as lead contact with Project Implicit (a virtual research laboratory), guide analysis for bias assessment and bias awareness, contribute to interpretation of analysis, findings and manuscript writing.  PI: Jennifer Tjia, MD, UMass Medical School, Co-Investigator: Janice A. Sabin, PhD

 

Janice Sabin was invited as faculty lead and panelist for a session on implicit bias at the Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology Annual Meeting (WSOPC),  May 19, 2017, Title: Implicit Bias in the Clinical Environment, Seattle, WA.

Janice Sabin has been invited to present at the  AAMC meeting in November in Boston. Title: Strategies for Responding to Explicit and Implicit Bias. She will discuss development and evaluation of the UWSOM search committee training program, Implicit Bias in the Clinical and Learning Environment course, and a course on Bias Toward Adolescents.

 Dr. George Demiris and PhD student Yong Choi were featured on a Q13 Fox News Story! Check out the story here!

UPCOMING MASTER’S DEFENSES
Shuyang Wu
Wednesday, May 24, 9am, Health Sciences Building, Room HSE212
Title: A Bayesian Network Model of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Incorporating Gene Expression Profiles
Abstract: Radiation therapy is a treatment for metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which allows precision targeting of certain groups of lymph nodes. A Bayesian network predictive model was developed aiming to help achieve such precision using information on the primary site and size of the tumor, representing the current decision-making process in clinical settings. The patient’s genetic profile was added to examine its predictability of metastasis through the improvement in prediction accuracies. The model was trained with publicly available data extracted from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and validated against the TCGA dataset as well as clinical data reported to the University of Washington Tumor Board. Results show that genetic profile data improves model accuracy and such improvement may affect clinical decision making especially for patients with more advanced metastasis. A prototype for decision support application was built based on the results to demonstrate the clinical significance of the model. However, more data is needed to show significance of the proposed effects, as well as to improve the accuracy of the overall model.

 

 

Jin Qu
Wednesday, May 31, 1:30pm, SLU Building C, Room C123A
Title: Predicting Cancer Outcome with Multispectral Tumor Tissue Images
Abstract: Tumor tissue slides have been used by clinicians to assess cancer patient’s condition and indicate prognosis. Several studies have suggested that the distribution of important immunological biomarkers on tumor tissue slides might help predict survival outcome [1] [2] [3]. These studies rely upon non-parametric Kaplan-Meier survival analysis with Log-rank test to extract statistical insights, which, however, has several disadvantages such as prediction ambiguity and inability to directly model continuous variables.

 

In this study, we engineered 676 features encoding cellular distribution information from multi-spectral tumor tissue images from 118 HPV-negative oral squamous cell cancer patients. We leveraged statistical methods and predictive models to explore the predictive power of these features. 18 features were identified as potential survival predictors through Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. Our best model, random forest model, has achieved 58.54% prediction accuracy rate on independent validation dataset. Although the model does not suggest strong predictive power of selected features, evaluation on large scale training data is still needed to further tune model parameters and generate more concrete results.

 

Tressa Hood
Wednesday, May 31, 3:30pm, Health Sciences Building, T474
Title: A Systems Biology Approach to Characterizing Gene Fusion Pathways in Cancer
Abstract: Gene fusions have long been known to drive cancer. Initial discovery of gene fusions was opportunistic, and functional assessment was done individually and experimentally. There is no clear systems biology approach to understanding the impact of gene fusions on the signaling networks within tumor cells. An integrative computational approach was taken to achieve a better understanding of gene fusions and their complex influence on pathways and interaction networks. Using well-studied fusions and publicly available gene expression data, the effect of fusion events on the expression pattern of gene networks revealed unique differences in fused tumors, non-fused tumors and normal samples. This approach identifies gene expression signatures associated with specific fusions, and provides a model for integrating experimental and pathway data to better understand the biology of a fusion genes and their roles in oncogenesis.

 

 

 

Xiyao Yang
Friday, June 2, 11am, SLU Building C, Room C123B
Title: Leaf2Tableau: From Real-Time Clinical Data to Clinical Knowledge Discovery
Abstract: Leaf-to-Tableau, a self-service and real-time clinical data visualization pipeline, is designed and developed to handle data visualization requests for queries developed in Leaf, a clinical data explorer developed by University of Washington Medicine Information Technology Services. It can extract and visualize any Leaf datasets into a portable format that researchers can easily explore without needing a highly technical or statistical background, providing a quick visual summary of the target population. This completes a CDW self-service model with a researcher constructing a query to identify a specific patient cohort in Leaf and subsequently developing custom visualizations for exploration or publication, as well as receiving in return data files for analysis.

 


May 22-26, 2017

UPCOMING LECTURES AND SEMINARS

BIME 590A – Biomedical & Health Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, May 25, 4:00pm-5:00pm, UW Medicine South Lake Union, Room C123A&B

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

Title:  Exploring Personal Health Information Management of Older Adults: The SOARING Study

Speaker: Anne M. Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH, FACMI

Abstract:  Older adults are the largest consumers of health care and require the greatest portion of health care costs.  How older adults manage their health has profound consequences for health delivery systems, health care expenditure, and public health.  Faced with changes in functioning, chronic diseases and transitions in living situation, older adults require organized access to their health information to make significant health-related decisions.  Personal health information management (PHIM) systems for older adults exist, but few older adults use them.  Limitations include poor health literacy, poor computer skills, and physical or cognitive disabilities.  The goal of the SOARING Study is to improve the design of PHIM systems for older adults through advancing our understanding of the PHIM needs, practices and preferences of older adults and their stakeholders.  Using an integrative sociotechnical approach, our team has conducted a series of qualitative interviews, focus groups, surveys to gain a deeper understanding of older adult personal health information management needs and context. These research findings will be used to inform the design of health information systems that better support older adults.

Speaker’s Bio: Anne M. Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH is an Associate Professor in the University of Washington’s  (UW) School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Turner’s background includes clinical medicine, informatics and public health.  Her informatics training includes a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences (2001) and completion of a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellowship in Medical Informatics (2004).  For the past 10 years her research has focused on improving public health practice through information technology.  She teaches the BIME 533 Public Health and Informatics core course and the HSERV 592 MCH Leadership seminar. Dr. Turner will discuss the SOARING project, a 5 year AHRQ funded R01 that focuses on better understanding the health information management needs and practices of adults 60 years and older.  This is a mixed methods research initiative that employs participatory research techniques to identify key design requirements for building health information systems that are user centered and better meet the needs of older adults. Dr. Turner is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

BIME 591D – Precision Medicine and Informatics

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00–1:50 p.m., SOCC 308

Facilitator: Wayne Liang, MD

See course website for details.

FACULTY/STUDENT/ALUMNI/STAFF ACTIVITIES

Beth Devine, PhD, PharmD, MBA, Adjunct BIME Faculty, wrote the commentary for an eGEMS special issue that features 8 selected manuscripts presented at the Concordium meeting in September 2016.  One of the included papers includes collaboration with BHI graduate Dr. Andrea Hartzler.  The special issue, along with Dr. Devine’s commentary, can be found here. 

BIME faculty Dr. Janice Sabin was an invited guest representing CEDI at the UWSOM A &P committee document revision meeting on May 3rd to describe and discuss how work on diversity, equity and inclusion can be valued in the A & P process. Our BIME A & P document was used as a model for revisions under consideration for the School A & P doc.

Congratulations to BHI PhD student Ryan James!  The company run by Ryan, Pear Med, was recently on GeekWire: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/seattle-childrens-hospital-test-new-vr-medical-technology-change-lives-patients/