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Fw: Informatics Grand Rounds - Tuesday, June 29th 4PM-5PM

-Benjamin Littenberg

From: Liz Chen
To: Liz Chen
Sent: Tue Jun 15 15:17:16 2010
Subject: Informatics Grand Rounds - Tuesday, June 29th 4PM-5PM

Dear All,

An inaugural "Informatics Grand Rounds" will be held on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 from 4 PM to 5 PM in UVM/FAHC Medical Education Center Room 300. This monthly series is a joint initiative between the University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science – Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.

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"Bioinformatics and Health Informatics Across the State of Vermont"

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

UVM/FAHC Medical Education Center Room 300 (Reardon Classroom)

Indra Neil Sarkar, PhD, MLIS (University of Vermont)
James D. Michelson, MD (University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care)
Hunt Blair (Office of Vermont Health Access)


The University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science – Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont are pleased to introduce a monthly Informatics Grand Rounds series that will provide a venue for learning about concepts and activities across the spectrum of biomedical informatics, from bioinformatics to clinical informatics to public health informatics. This series will feature the latest research and applications in informatics by local, regional, national, and international speakers.

Biomedical Informatics has become a core element across the spectrum of biomedicine, from bench biology to medicine to public health. This transdisciplinary and integrative field combines biomedicine and health care with computer science, management and decision science, cognitive and social science, biostatistics, engineering, and information and communication technology. Recent national emphasis on personalized medicine, clinical and translational science, electronic health records, health care reform, public health surveillance, and global health has further highlighted the value and need for advancing informatics methods and applications.

In this inaugural session, the speakers will provide a brief history of biomedical informatics and its sub-disciplines (e.g., bioinformatics, clinical informatics, and public health informatics) and discuss the role of informatics in the context of: (1) Translational Medicine, (2) Electronic Health Records (EHR), and (3) Health Care Reform (specifically, Health Information Technology [HIT] and Health Information Exchange [HIE]).

Speaker Bios:

Indra Neil Sarkar is Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont. His work is dedicated to furthering a biomedical informatics research agenda across the entire spectrum of biomedicine, from molecules to populations. Specific research involves the development and use of a range of computational techniques (including knowledge gathering and discovery methods, phylogenetics, information theory, ontology development, semantic indexing, and natural language processing) to facilitate the analysis and linking of molecular and public health data. Ultimately, Dr. Sarkar's research aims to enable the creation of testable models of disease and provide a framework to enable the assessment of comparative hypotheses across the spectrum of biomedicine and health care.

James D. Michelson is Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont, Medical Informaticist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has been a primary leader in the development and successful implementation of electronic health record systems at Johns Hopkins and Fletcher Allen Health Care. As the Medical Informaticist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a large part of Dr. Michelson's responsibility is to identify and develop opportunities in clinical research using the EHR. His primary interests currently include developing effective surveillance methodologies for adverse medical events (including medication errors, post-surgical infections, and mortality), with the further goal of developing risk stratification models based on those data.

Hunt Blair is Deputy Director for Health Care Reform in the Office of Vermont Health Access. Active in Vermont health care and Medicaid policy since 1992, he joined the Douglas administration in January 2009 as Deputy Director for the Division of Health Care Reform in the Office of Vermont Health Access. The Division is also the state lead for HIT and HIE policy, planning, and oversight. Previously, Mr. Blair served as Vermont Director of Public Policy at the Bi-State Primary Care Association where he enjoyed "a front row seat" in the Vermont legislature for the creation and refinement of the state's landmark health care reform legislation. He continues to work closely with the legislature in his new role. The New England Rural Health Roundtable awarded Mr. Blair its Leadership Award in 2008 for his work on Vermont health care reform.

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