Research ShowCASE

April 22, 2014

Case Western Reserve University has an annual research day called Research ShowCase. I was privileged to be on the Program Board, chaired by Pete Zimmerman, Ph.D. Being both a former poster presenter and an Case alumni, made the event more meaningful. The event included hundreds of posters from post-docs, graduate students, undergrads and even high school students. The event had coverage by the Plain Dealer on this past Sunday including a slide show.

Robotics was a big hit as usual, but at Case, they are now experimenting with Biologically Inspired Robotics. See the video:

Biologically Inspired Unmanned Ground Vehicles from CWRU Biorobotics Lab on Vimeo.

Other interesting exhibits included:

Looking forward to working on next year’s showcase.

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New Publication: Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List

April 2, 2014

Full title is, “Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List: Quality of Care, ESRD, and Mortality” published in the American Journal of Nephrology. It has implications for CKD but other chronic conditions as well regarding the appropriate use of problem lists in the EMR. With CKD, diabetes and other chronic conditions which can be initially diagnosed with a lab test (eGFR for CKD), early identification is possible. But if the patient is not formally given the diagnosis in the problem list,  it may lead the lack of early preventive care which can slow the progression of a chronic illness.

On another note, I am also actively blogging for HIMSS and posting blogs from HIMSS volunteers. Check out the HIMSS blog.

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Two Book Chapters Published

March 3, 2014

 

Social Media

Last week I had two book chapters published.

First, a new social media book published by HIMSS titled Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments edited by  Christina Thielst, an early adopter of blogging in Health IT. My chapter is on “Social Media Hubs: Strategy and Implementation.” The book addresses a wide range of issues including legal and public health.

 

 

Health Informatics

The second chapter is an update to Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals now in its 6th edition. My chapter is on eResearch, reviewing how information technology can support all aspects of the research workflow. The book is expanded adding several new chapters and is now endorsed by AMIA and available to AMIA members at a discount. Bob Hoyt, the editor from the University of West Florida, has created a companion website as a resource to informatics faculty and students called www.informaticseducation.org.

Both books are available in paper and as ebooks.

Another book chapter is nearing publishing. Will have an announcement about that soon.

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Year in Review – SlideShare and Delicious

January 15, 2014

Two automated reports I came across thanks to the Twitterati.

First is SlideShare personalized year in review shows a definite peak in November after I uploaded two presentations I made in Houston on Social Media Intro and Social Media in Healthcare. My total views on SlideShare are approaching 100,000 with over 20,000 in 2013 alone. And it  is not only my most recent uploads which draw the traffic, some over five years old also draw ongoing interest and have 7000 views. Slideshare has been a source of speaking invitations as well.

Delicious has a similar reporting method. The Delicious Annual Report reminds me I joined in 2007 and has a nice constellation view of some of the content. It includes a word cloud, top finds and popular links. However, in starting my new job, I have decided to transition to Evernote in which I can save hyperlinks but also notes and other content.

Research Gate shows 329 publication views for 2013 with a Research Gate score of 11.33.

For Twitter, I found Simply Measured, should showed not only that I have 6380 followers but also my Klout score of 61.6 and 10,706 total tweets (not for last year only). Also displayed are key words (health care, top), audience distribution, audience by time zone,

 

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2013 Year in Review

December 31, 2013

It’s been another year of achievement and learning. It would have been difficult a year ago to predict how my professional life would change.

My first trip mixed pleasure and work. Being in Salt Lake City, I agreed to speak to the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science on some of my work at the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Consortium. Bernie LaSalle made the event into a series of presentations by the University of Utah Bioinformatics team which was very informative.

Next it was off to the American Medical Informatics Association Joint Summits in San Francisco in March. Presented two posters:

 

 

 

In May and June, I taught my first online course for the Health Informatics program at Kent State University in Clinical Analytics. Earlier in the year I designed the course and had an experienced group of students who were eager to learn this emerging area of informatics.

Related to Clinical Analytics, I participated in the Clinical and Business Intelligence Data and Analytics Task force of HIMSS,  wrote a blog post on Teaching Clinical Analytics and then did a virtual event for HIMSS in September on “Transforming Care by Improved Decision Making: Deriving Meaning from Big Data.” Presentation is here.

September brought the Midwest Hospital Cloud Forum in Chicago where I presented on a panel: Closing the Loop in Healthcare Analytics – Correlating Clinical and Administrative Systems with Research Efforts to Deliver Clinical Efficiency in Real Time.

In early November, I was in Houston as the keynote speaker for the Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality. I gave two presentations:

I was surprised and please that my Slide Share stats continued to show growth to over 98,000 views including some growth from presentations of 5 years ago. Twitter followers also grew to over 6,000.
The big change of the year was leaving Cleveland Clinic after 32 years. I found a new job posted on Twitter by Mary Griskewicz from HIMSS for Senior Manager, Consumer Health IT, a kind of dream job to focus on consumer/patient IT. As luck would have it, HIMSS had just openned the HIMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland with an office available for me. Even got to meet the president and some of the VPs of HIMSS at the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit in October at the Innovation Center. I blogged about joining HIMSS – “Why I came to HIMSS – the opportunity for the connected patient.”
Since joining HIMSS, I have traveled to the Arlington office and to the mHealth Summit in DC. Great meeting on Mobile Health from the the Venture Summit, to the Danish Health Minister to Esther Dyson and other thought leaders on topics like disruption, global health and business models.
Finally, I have three book chapters in the pipeline:
  • Revision on my chapter on eResearch for Health Informatics
  • Chapter on Computing and Information in Wireless Health
  • Chapter on Social Media Hubs for a new book on Social Media in Healthcare published by HIMSS (to be available at the HIMSS conference in February)

 

What will 2014 bring? Certainly opportunities to enhance national collaboration on consumer health issues especially at the HIMSS14 conference where I will be managing the Connected Patient Learning Gallery. In many ways, patient engagement and the connected patient are no longer concepts but are at the tipping point of real change. Things will look very different a year from now and I plan to play a part in it.

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Social Media in Healthcare Quality

November 1, 2013

Today I presented at the Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality on social media in healthcare. Slides are posted on my Slideshare. The video, Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care is below

Quality professionals in healthcare including risk management and patient safety are relatively new to social media. They have some realistic concerns about HIPAA and sharing proprietary information on safety issues.  However, they are receptive to learning and sharing best practices. But where to start?

I think there is real potential for healthcare quality professionals to share best practices on social media and begin to develop communities around issues like patient safety, risk management, and patient satisfaction.

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Clinical Analytics – Teaching and Learning

September 5, 2013

Recently I had a blog posted on “Teaching Clinical Informatics” on the HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence blog. It is a topic that has not received enough attention in HIT but it is the logical next step as more hospitals, health systems and practices implement EMRs.

Also from HIMSS, I will be speaking at a virtual event, Transforming Care by Improved Decision Making: Deriving Meaning from Big Data on September 18. My topic will be “Developing a Centralized Repository Strategy: The Top Three Critical Success Factors.’

Midwest Hospital Cloud ForumOn September 9, I will be on a panel at the Midwest Hospital Cloud Forum in Chicago. The panel is titled, “Closing the Loop in Healthcare Analytics – Correlating Clinical and Administrative Systems with Research Efforts to Deliver Clinical Efficiency in Real Time.” I have posted slides on my initial thoughts on national trends related to the topic.

 

On a side topic, I was interviewed by Deanna Pogorelc of MedCityNews (a Cleveland news outlet) on the topic of “A healthcare innovator’s guide to must-know tech terms for the next decade of medicine.” I address the topics of Artificial intelligence/algorithm medicine and the Internet of Things

More on analytics and innovation in future weeks.

 

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Glass in Medicine – Why There is Promise

August 19, 2013

In an interview on GlassStories, Kyle Samani gives the most cogent discussion of the pros and cons of Glass. He emphasizes that there is a cost to glass – not just financial but the fact that you have to wear them all the time while you have a fully functional smart phone in your pocket. So he sees limitations to the appeal to general consumers other than the geek coolness. However, on the enterprise side, especially in medicine, he sees real use cases. Specifically,

  • physicians (and other healthcare providers) need their hands to work whether it is surgery or a physical exam
  • physicians (and other healthcare providers) are mobile whether moving from one exam or hospital room to the next or traveling between care sites
  • physicians (and other healthcare providers) are constantly interacting with people, either patients or colleagues
  • physicians (and other healthcare providers) need to look things up, communicate with others
  • physicians (and other healthcare providers) need to have clean hands – handling a mobile phone means transmitting germs, they need to wash their hands after each use even if they are using their mobile device at the bedside. The hands free commands in Glass enable them to avoid this
  • he also thinks the privacy concerns are exaggerated – less deceptive than a mobile phone

Watch the full video interview.

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Global Center for Health Innovation

August 15, 2013

Got to visit this new new center in downtown Cleveland last Friday. Great space to demo new health IT – sponsors committed, space still being built out.

See my post on Health IT Link, a new place to follow my content.

Center for Global Health Innovation

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Update on the Internet of Things and Google Glass

July 29, 2013

Since there already is a convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable computing like Glass, I am combining updates on these.

Recently I came across Sen.se, a platform of IoT but includes data from humans as part of their open platform. They refuse the label of IoT:

“We rather believe in an Internet of Everything where Humans, Nature, Machines, Objects, Environments, Information, Physical and Virtual spaces all mix up, talk, intertwine, interact, enrich and empower each other in all sorts of ways. This is what we are building and we think that we are not alone.”

They are currently in beta and are inviting a limited number of users to the free platform. They also have a blog which is worth watching. Those in the Quantified Health community might check this out as an extension of human data with device and environmental data.

Second, I wanted to call attention to ReShape with Glass, an initiative by the ReShape Innovation Center at Radboud Hospital in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Already a healthcare innovation hub, ReShape will be on the cutting edge of healthcare uses for Glass. Follow them on Google+ .

Finally, I wanted to toot my own horn and mention my listing with some good friends as Best Healthcare IT Blogs . This is a nice addition to my status as one of the 10 healthcare IT professionals you should follow on Twitter.

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