We are delighted to announce that David Crosslin, PhD, will join our faculty on September 1 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Crosslin's academic and professional research experience have been focused on statistical genetics and bioinformatics with applications to complex diseases. His doctorate research in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Duke University focused on the central theme of modeling metabolic pathways through dimension reduction techniques of genomics data to understand the etiology of complex traits such as cardiovascular disease. Dr. Crosslin's postdoctoral training at the University of Washington (UW), with Profs. Gail Jarvik, Bruce Weir and Debbie Nickerson, focused in the areas of clinical applications of genetics, statistical genetics, and sequencing technologies, respectively. This led to an Acting Instructor faculty position in Genome Sciences at UW. Along with the BIME faculty appointment, Dr. Crosslin has an affiliate faculty appointment at Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA, and an adjunct faculty appointment in Genome Sciences. Dr. Crosslin's research program will focus on translational bioinformatics with a combination of bioinformatics, statistical association analyses, and computational tools development for applied research. Specifically, his research will focus on integrating genomics data into the electronic health record (EHR) for clinical decision support (CDS). All efforts will advance the national electronic health information infrastructure in support of personalized medicine. Dr. Crosslin has been and will continue to be affiliated with one such NHGRI effort. The Electronic Medical Records & Genomics (eMERGE) Network is on the forefront of precision medicine and discovery using mined phenotypes, and has transitioned from discovery, to interpretation and integration into the EHR for CDS. When not spending time with his daughters, Dr. Crosslin enjoys training, camping, kayaking, and college football.
On August 17, Maher Khelifi successfully defended his master’s thesis titled, “Design Recommendations for Pharmacogenomics Clinical Decision Support Systems.” His supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Wanda Pratt and included Drs. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch (BIME) and Emily Beth Devine (Pharmacy). “He did a great job of presenting and evaluating his new designs to help physicians incorporate contextual genetic information when prescribing drugs, rather than only receiving an alert after placing an order,” said Dr. Pratt. “We look forward to Maher continuing with us as a doctoral student.” Congratulations, Maher!
Backonja U, Hall AK, Thielke S. Older adults' current and potential uses of information technologies in a changing world: a theoretical perspective. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2014;80(1):41-63. doi: 10.1177/0091415015591109. PubMed PMID: 26215298; PMCID: 4522707.
Gunn ML, Lehnert BE, Hall C, Yetisgen M, Trovato K, Dalal S, et al. Impact of patient location and radiology subspeciality on imaging follow-up recommendation rate. Presentation accepted to the Radiological Society of North America 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (RSNA ’15); Chicago, IL.
Gunn ML, Lehnert BE, Hall C, Yetisgen M, Beauchamp NJ, Trovato K, et al. Use of conditional statements in radiology follow-recommendation sentences: relationship to follow up compliance. Presentation accepted to the Radiological Society of North America 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (RSNA ’15); Chicago, IL.
Gunn ML, Yetisgen M, Lehnert BE, Trovato K, Hall C, Dalal S, et al. Automating radiology quality and efficiency measures with natural language processing. Exhibit accepted to the Radiological Society of North America 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (RSNA ’15); Chicago, IL.
Hall AK, Mercado R, Anderson-Lewis C, Darville G, Bernhardt JM. How to design tobacco prevention and control games for youth and adolescents: a qualitative analysis of expert interviews. Games for Health Journal. 2015. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2015.0013.
Hartzler AL, Izard JP, Dalkin BL, Mikles SP, Gore JL. Design and feasibility of integrating personalized PRO dashboards into prostate cancer care. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv101. PubMed PMID: 26260247.
Yetisgen M, Klassen P, McCarthy L, Pellicer E, Payne T, Gunn M. Annotation of clinically important follow-up recommendations in radiology reports. Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis (Louhi ‘15) at EMNLP 2015; Lisbon, Portugal.
Yim WW, Kwan S, Yetisgen M. In-depth annotation for patient level liver cancer staging. Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis (Louhi ‘15) at EMNLP 2015; Lisbon, Portugal.
MEDINFO 2015 Presentations
BHI was represented at the 15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics (MEDINFO 2015), held August 19-23 in Sao Paulo, Brazil with various paper, poster and panel presentations:
Bock C, Le T, Samuel A, Huang D, Thompson HJ, Demiris G. Visualizing sensor data through an open platform for connected devices.
Capurro D, Chaudhuri S, Turner AM. The online availability of multilingual health promotion materials produced by local health departments: an information assessment.
Capurro D, Soto M, Giacaman P, Catal S. Characterization of help desk issues after the implementation of an emergency department electronic health record.
Demiris G, Turner AM, Capurro D, Koch S. Designing and evaluating patient-centered informatics tools to promote shared decision making (a panel on patient portals and personal health records and systems).
Turner AM, Desai L, Dew K, Martin N, Kirchhoff K. Machine assisted translation of health materials to Chinese: an initial evaluation.
Turner AM, Osterhage K, Joe J, Hartzler A, Lin L, Demiris G. Use of patient portals: personal health information management in older adults.
On July 27, Logan Kendall successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Understanding Patient and Caregiver Work to Support Health Care System Safety and Reliability.” His supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Wanda Pratt and included Drs. Thomas Payne (Medicine), Barry Aaronson (Virginia Mason Medical Center), and Sean Munson (HCDE). “Logan’s work has helped us understand the critical role that patients and their caregivers can play in ensuring their safety. This work will help us develop new systems to increase the quality and safety of patient care,” said Dr. Pratt. “We all wish Logan the best at his job with Palantir in Palo Alto, and we hope to see him occasionally when his work brings him to Seattle.” Congratulations, Logan!
BIME professor George Demiris, PhD, was a keynote speaker at the 13th International Conference on Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare (ICIMTH) on July 10-11 in Athens, Greece. His presentation was entitled “Informatics Innovations to Support Aging.”