On June 12, 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
Dennis N. Bromley
Melissa D. Clarkson, MA, MDes (in absentia)
Jonathan K. Joe
Alan Michael Kalet, MS
Logan Kendall, MHA
Amanda E. Lazar
Thai D. Le
Leslie S. Liu, MS
Boyce Nolan Nichols (in absentia)
Albert Park, MS
Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics
Marea Jean Cobb
Maher Khelifi, PharmD
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical and Health Informatics
Amanda K. Hall, PhD
Lisa M. Vizer, PhD
Please join BHI in congratulating the Class of 2015!
The End of Year Celebration also included the presentation of our annual awards. BIME associate professor John Gennari, PhD, was honored with the 2014-15 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. Gennari taught BIME 530: Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics and BIME 550: Knowledge Representation and Applications.
BHI student Sean Mikles, MPH, 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. Sean taught the Biomedical Informatics Interaction Design Workshop in Winter quarter, and BIME lecturer David Masuda, MD, MS, was his faculty sponsor.
Congratulations to our award winners!
On June 10, BIME adjunct associate professor Thomas Payne, MD, testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) panel on “Health Information Exchange: A Path Towards Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care for Patients.” The request for his testimony came following the release of a report by the AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs, for which he was Chair. The video recording of the hearing and Dr. Payne’s testimony are available on the HELP website. Dr. Payne is also Medical Director of IT Services at UW Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine, Associate Director of Information Technology for UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, and Chair-Elect of the AMIA Board of Directors.
We are delighted to announce that Michael (Mike) Leu, MD, MS, MHS, will be joining our Department (joint with the Department of Pediatrics) on September 1 as both faculty and as the Director of the UW Medicine/BIME Clinical Informatics Fellowship program. His vision overall is to train fellows in an invigorating, supportive environment where they will carefully apply informatics theory in ways that lead to measurable improvements in clinical processes and outcomes, as confirmed by rigorous evaluation. In the upcoming year, he will be leading the process to get ACGME accreditation for our fellowship in time for an initial cohort of 1-2 clinical informatics fellows in July, 2016. His activities as a BIME faculty member will be divided between leading the clinical informatics fellowship, scholarship in clinical informatics, practicing clinical informatics at UW and Children’s and clinical practice as a pediatric hospitalist.
Dr. Leu’s training includes a BS (cum laude) in Computer Science at UW (1985), a MS in Computer Science at UW (1988), a MD with Thesis Honors at UW (2002), a Pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA (2005), and a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship at Yale (2007). He is board certified in Pediatrics (2007-) and Clinical Informatics (2013-). From 1988-1996, he worked at Microsoft on products ranging from OS/2, Windows 3.1, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in roles ranging from Software Design Engineer to Development Lead to Program Manager. Since 2007, he has worked at Seattle Children’s as a teaching hospitalist and most recently as a physician informatician in their award-winning Clinical Effectiveness group. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics related to applied clinical informatics particularly in the context of QI, patient safety, and guidelines. He has been part of AAP Council on Clinical IT corporate authorship for 8 seminal publications related to EHR and clinical IT use in pediatrics as well as authored/co-authored 9 peer-reviewed publications. He is uniquely positioned to train the next generation of ACGME board-certified clinical informatics fellows to effectively translate clinical informatics innovations into practice in ways that improve patient care and clinical outcomes and that fit with clinical practice patterns. He is interested in using technology to efficiently disseminate the best clinical care so that it is practiced throughout the WWAMI region. Mike’s other interests include cooking, playing bridge, canoeing, and traveling.
A task force report by the AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs, chaired by BIME adjunct associate professor Thomas Payne, MD, was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). The report presents recommendations to address current challenges in electronic health records.
Payne TH, Corley S, Cullen TA, Gandhi TK, Harrington L, Kuperman GJ, Mattison JE, McCallie DP, McDonald CJ, Tang PC, Tierney WM, Weaver C, Weir CR, Zaroukian MH. Report of the AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv066. PubMed PMID: 26024883.