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.

FY21 Schedule

  • April 27, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • June 29, 2021, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Past Clinical Informatics Research Colloquiums 

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.