DMICE Faculty, Staff, and Students Present and Lead at AMIA Annual Informatics Symposium

Clinical informatics, bioinformatics, and clinical epidemiology were all represented as faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) participated in the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium, held in San Francisco, Calif. November 3-7. The yearly meeting is sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association and is the premier academic conference for the field of biomedical informatics.

On Saturday, November 3rd, as part of the 9th Annual Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC), master’s student and DMICE research associate Connor Smith, research associate Rebecca Jungbauer, Dr.P.H., and associate professor Annette Totten, Ph.D., were runners-up in the first VAHC design challenge, which included projects on visualizations created for patients, clinicians, and researchers, and was judged by a panel of informatics and data visualization experts. The OHSU entry was entitled “Visual Evidence: Increasing Usability of Systematic Reviews in Health Systems Guidelines Development.” The team developed a dynamic, Tableau-based visualization of data from a recent systematic review on noninvasive, nonpharmacological treatment for chronic pain. The purpose of the visualization was to demonstrate improved usability and interpretability of data from systematic reviews for use by clinical guidelines development committees, as part of a project funded by AHRQ and conducted by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, housed in DMICE. As one of the winners, the team will be invited to submit for publication in Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI) as part of a Special Topic in Visual Analytics. In addition, a full report from their Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) project will be published on AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program website in the near future.

Professor Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., participated in a five-person panel on Monday, November 5th, entitled “Data Science in Biomedical Informatics Education: Critical Problems and Innovative Solutions.”

Professor and chair William Hersh, M.D., was a member of a panel on “Collaborative Science Within Academic Medical Centers: Opportunities and Challenges for Informatics” on Tuesday, November 6th, and also presented at the AMIA Learning Showcase, “The Full Spectrum: Biomedical and Health Informatics Education at Oregon Health & Science University” on Monday, November 5th.

Professor David Dorr, M.D., M.S., recent master’s graduate Raja Cholan, and project manager Bhavaya Sachdeva were among the authors of “Health Information Technology Needs of Community Health Center Care Teams: Complex Patients and Social Determinants of Health Information,” presented by professor Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., of OHSU Family Medicine and DMICE.  The presentation was on Monday, November 5th.

Also on Monday, professor Joan Ash, Ph.D., presented “A Sociotechnical Multiple Perspectives Approach to the Use of Medical Scribes: A Qualitative Study.” Associate professor Vishnu Mohan, M.D., M.B.I, and professor Jeffrey Gold, M.D., were co-authors.

At the Monday poster session, master’s student Carolina Heimann presented a poster for the student design challenge, co-authored by Ph.D. student Christopher Hoekstra and master’s student Samantha Lawson, entitled “Integrating Post-Operative Complication Risk Assessment into Family-Based Social Media.” 

Two Ph.D. students gave oral presentations related to the use of informatics in ophthalmology. On Tuesday, November 6th, Wei-Chin Lin presented “Secondary Use of Electronic Health Record Data for Prediction of Outpatient Visit Length in Ophthalmology Clinics,” on which assistant professor Michelle Hribar, Ph.D., and professor Michael Chiang, M.D., M.S., were co-authors. Ph.D. student Aaron Coyner gave a presentation on “Deep Learning for Image Quality Assessment of Fundus Images in Retinopathy of Prematurity” on Wednesday, November 7th.  Ph.D. student Ryan Swan and Dr. Chiang were among the co-authors.


Also on Wednesday, Dr. Hribar presented “Clinical Documentation in Electronic Health Record Systems: Analysis of Patient Record Review During Outpatient Ophthalmology Visits,” with Dr. Chiang as a co-author.  In a related talk, former clinical informatics fellow Abigail Huang, M.D. presented “Clinical Documentation in Electronic Health Record Systems: Analysis of Similarity in Progress Notes from Consecutive Outpatient Ophthalmology Encounters,” with Drs. Chiang and Hribar and Mr. Lin as co-authors. Research Associate Isaac Goldstein, a former DMICE summer intern, presented a paper co-authored with Drs. Chiang and Hribar entitled “Total Time Requirements of Electronic Health Record Use by Ophthalmologists using Secondary EHR Data.”


Dr. Hersh was also elected as Chair of the Biomedical and Health Informatics Academic Leaders Community of the AMIA Academic Forum. He also led the in-person session of his 10×10 (“ten by ten”) course as well as welcomed about 45 students, alumni, faculty, and others at the annual OHSU Dessert Reception on Monday evening.