H3ABioNet 2017 seminar series
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H3ABioNet Seminars' series

The H3ABioNet Seminar co-ordinating team on behalf of the H3ABioNet Research Working Group cordially invite you to join us for the April 2017 H3ABioNet seminar under the theme of: “Biomedical informatics”.

Seminar Format:  A seminar talk will be provided by Prof. William Hersh, one of the pioneers of Biomedical informatics. The talk will be 40 to 50 minutes long and followed by a 10 to 15-minute of discussion and Q/A.

Seminar Date: Thursday
20th April 2017
Seminar time: 1pm UTC / 2pm WAT / 3pm CAT / 4pm EAT
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Big data is not enough: people and systems are needed to benefit health and biomedicine

Biomedicine and healthcare are awash in ever-increasing amounts of data. These data have the potential to improve research and clinical care, ultimately benefitting the health of individuals. Yet there are a number of challenges with this data. While many studies have found great predictive value in the data, many fewer have shown it applied to provide value for healthcare or individual health. Data may be incomplete or inaccurate. In the case of clinical data, it might not represent the complete picture of a patient. Lack of adherence to standards impairs its interoperability. To achieve its full potential, systems must be developed to completely capture high-quality data and human expertise and systems must be employed to achieve its full value.
William Hersh, (MD, PhD) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. In education, he is Director of OHSU’s Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world and offers Master’s and PhD degrees. Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level.
Dr. Hersh has led a number of innovations in biomedical informatics education. He conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which has been completed by over 2200 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics. He has also been funded by the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to develop national curricula for health IT. He has also had grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program to develop open educational resources in biomedical data science.

Dr. Hersh has also made many contributions in research. His research originally focused in the area of information retrieval (also known as search), where he has authored over 200 scientific papers and abstracts as well as the book, Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective (Springer, 2009), now in its third edition. He has also been the leader on several systematic reviews of the efficacy of informatics interventions, including telemedicine and health information exchange. Dr. Hersh’s most recent research has focused on the quantity and characteristics of the workforce needed to implement health information technology, especially in clinical settings.

Dr. Hersh received his BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. After completing a Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in 1987, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990. Since that time, he has been a faculty member in the OHSU School of Medicine.
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