Clinical Informatics Research Colloquium

The Clinical Informatics Center at UT Southwestern hosts the Clinical Informatics Research Colloquium to highlight the great work done at UT Southwestern in the clinical informatics space. This is part of our effort to bring clinical informatics, research informatics, and other data and informatics scientists together at UT Southwestern to foster exchange of ideas, collaboration, and development of grants, papers, and novel projects.

FY22 Schedule

  • September 28, 2021, 1 to 2:30 pm, Dr. Ross Koppel, Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine, Senior Fellow at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Adjunct Professor at Penn’s Sociology Department. He will present his talk “EHR Usability: What can be done to make EHRs more efficient?”.   

Past Clinical Informatics Research Colloquiums 

June 29, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
The June 2021 colloquium features Adam Wright, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Director of the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center and Bryan Steitz, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Wright presented his talk “Measuring and Monitoring Clinical Decision Support Using Audit Log Data”. Dr. Steitz presented his talk “Evaluating the Work of Managing Clinical Messages Using EHR Access Logs”. 

Dr. Wright’s Abstract: Clinical decision support (CDS) has been shown to improve quality and safety when used effectively.  However, effective CDS is challenging, and users often report poor utility of CDS interventions and alert fatigue and proving that CDS has an impact on clinical outcomes has been difficult. EHRs frequently log a large amount of data about CDS firing and performance, but this data is not consistently used or monitored. In this talk, I will present recent research on measurement and monitoring of CDS systems, with a focus on detecting malfunctions, improving CDS and monitoring user feedback. 

Dr. Steitz’s Abstract: Electronic health record (EHR)-based asynchronous communication, also known as inbasket messaging, is essential to support clinical practice. Despite the utility, a high volume of messages and the time necessary to manage one’s inbox have been identified as major contributors to job dissatisfaction. Message volume, however, presents a simplified view of the wider task of managing these communications. The breadth of data collected during routine EHR use offers critical insight into the articulation work surrounding clinical messages such that we can improve the task of inbasket management. In this talk, I will present ongoing research using EHR access logs to investigate the articulation work of managing clinical messages, with a particular focus on task interruption and information seeking. 

April 27, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
The April 2021 colloquium featured Dr. Aviel (Avi) D. RubinProfessor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the JHU Health and Medical Security Lab. 

Dr. Rubin presented his talk "Medical Device Security:  A Thing Smart People Do". As the global medical device market has expanded, there has been an increasing demand for the cyber professionals necessary to secure these systems and ensure their safe clinical operation. The cybersecurity of medical devices encompasses a unique and diverse set of security disciplines, combining traditional cyber and privacy principles with a knowledge of basic physiology and common clinical functions. This talk explores the rapidly growing field of medical device security and the evolving role of the security professional, with a focus on the relationship between device security, patient safety and regulatory science. Attacker roles and medical device threat models will be examined through real-world examples of medical systems that have undergone rigorous security analyses as part of the regulatory review process. These case studies will illustrate the unique skill set required of the medical device security professional and the important role they play in the medical device market. 

Bryron Davis, Chief Information Security Officer for UT Southwestern Medical Center, started the colloquium with his talk "Cybersecurity Perspectives at UT Southwestern" and served as moderator.

March 30, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
The March 2021 colloquium featured a series of connected talks on the Use of Mobile Apps in Research with Alexander Turchin, MD, MS, Timothy Smith, MD, PhD, and Jukka-Pekka (JP) Onnela, ScD. 

Dr. Turchin, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Informatics Research at the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women's Hospital presented his talk “D2R2: Digital Recruitment for Digital Research”. Dr. Smith, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School, presented his talk “Using Mobile Apps to Measure Quality of Life”. Dr. Onnela, Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Master of Science in Health Data Science Program, presented his talk “Digital Phenotyping Using Smartphones”.   

December 15, 2020, 12 to 1:30 p.m. 
The December 2020 colloquium featured 
Dr. Dean F. Sittig, Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Sittig presented his talk “A Sociotechnical Framework for Safety-related EHR Research Reporting: The SAFER Reporting Framework”. Electronic Health Records may improve the safety and quality of healthcare, but they also may introduce novel errors and problems. Current safety reporting guidelines do not capture the complexity of sociotechnical factors (technical and non-technical factors such as workflow and organizational issues) that confound or influence these interventions. Dr. Sittig will discuss the novel Safety-related EHR Research Reporting Framework (the SAFER Reporting Framework), which enables reporting of patient safety focused EHR-based interventions while accounting for the multifaceted, dynamic sociotechnical context affecting intervention implementation, effectiveness and generalizability. 

October 13, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
The October 2020 colloquium featured work related to OpenNotes and OurNotes ImplementationChethan Sarabu, M.D., a pediatrician and clinical instructor at Stanford and the Director of Clinical Informatics at presented his talk "OpenNotes: A decade of strengthening the patient-clinician relationship". Tokunbo Akande, M.D., Medical Director of Informatics at Sanford Health presented his work on OurNotes. 

Dr. Richard Medford moderated the Colloquium. 

August 25, 2020, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
The August 2020 colloquium featured the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI). PCCI is a leading, non-profit, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing organization affiliated with Parkland Health & Hospital System, one of the country’s largest and most progressive safety-net hospitals.

Steve Miff, Ph.D., President and CEO, and Vikas Chowdhry, M.S., MBA, Chief Analytics and Information Officer, presented their talk “Connected Communities of Care During the COVID19 Pandemic: Bringing together data science and SDoH”. 
June 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The June 2020 colloquium focused on Interoperability, which remains elusive in many clinical settings and featured work related to addressing this challenge including:

  • Carequality and eHealth Exchange
  • Direct Messaging
  • Epic Care Everywhere

Steven R. Lane, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, Clinical Informatics Director, Privacy, Information Security and Interoperability  
Sutter Health, presented on Carequality and eHealth Exchange, Christopher Mack, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives - Strategy and Business Development, Sutter Health, presented on Direct Messaging
Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA, Chief HIM & Exchange Officer, HIM / IT Children’s Health, presented on Epic Care Everywhere. 

April 29, 2020, 1  to 2:30 p.m. 
The April 2020 colloquium featured work related to COVID-19 at UTSW, including topics such as forecasting, creating a COVID registry, and COVID related tweets.   

Data Architecture and Workflows for COVID 
DuWayne Willett, M.D., M.S. 

Care Paths for Monitoring Patient’s COVID Status 
Mujeeb Basit, M.D., MMSc.
Modeling COVID Predictions 
Andrew Jamieson, Ph.D.
Michael Holcomb, M.S. 
Twitter Analysis of COVID-19 
Richard Medford, M.D.
Sameh Saleh, M.D.  
Closing Remarks 
Seth Toomay, M.D.