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Handler wins Junior Faculty (Clinical) Award at Department of Medicine’s 2008 Research Day

Steven Handler, MD, MS, CMD, has won the Junior Faculty (Clinical) Award at the Department of Medicine’s Sixth Annual Research Day, held May 8, 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh.Handler’s poster was titled, “Assessing the Performance Characteristics of Signals Used by a Clinical Event Monitor to Detect Adverse Drug Reactions in the Nursing Home.”Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in nursing homes. Computerized clinical event monitors (automated decision-support systems that provide feedback to healthcare professionals) have primarily been developed to automate the detection of potential ADRs in acute and ambulatory care settings. The purpose of Handler’s study was to determine the positive predictive values of signals specifically designed for use by a clinical event monitor to detect ADRs in the nursing home setting.“The results,” said Handler, “suggest that adverse drug reactions can be detected in the nursing home setting with a high...

DBMI External Advisory Board Chair Butte’s research described in recent New York Times article

The research of Atul J. Butte, MD, PhD, was described in detail in the May 6, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Butte is an assistant professor of medicine, pediatrics, and (by courtesy) computer science at Stanford University, and is chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biomedical Informatics External Advisory Board.This article, “Redefining Disease, Genes and All,” is available for download (PDF, 820 Kb)  

Informatics in Public Health Subject of University of Pittsburgh Lindberg Symposium

“Informatics in Public Health,” this year’s Donald A. B. Lindberg Lecture and Symposium sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), discussed informatics in surveillance, epidemic models and other aspects of public health practice. The symposium took place on Thursday, May 8 at the University of Pittsburgh.The Donald A. B. Lindberg Lecture, “Real Time Biosurveillance: Into Maturity or Obscurity?” was presented by Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the NCPHI, Lenert is responsible for improving health practice through the advancement of the science of biomedical information systems. He is a member of the editorial boards of Medical Decision Making, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and Journal of Biomedical Informatics. He is also a member of the Agency for...

Premier launches expanded hospital quality initiative

Physician's News Digest ran an interview with Richard A. Bankowitz, MD, MBA, vice president and medical director of Premier Healthcare Informatics. Bankowitz was one of the first NLM-funded biomedical informatics fellows at Pitt, and is also a former Pitt faculty member.Read full interview in Physician’s News Digest.  

Record Number of Conference Travel Awards Given for APIII

From CAP Impact, Fall 2007The CAP Foundation is pleased to announce that 29 applicants were approved to receive the Informatics Award to attend the APIII Conference in Pittsburgh in September, 2007. We are grateful to Michael Becich, MD, PhD, conference program director, for allowing a record number of Foundation grants to be given. Funding was provided by dbMotion, McKesson Solutions, Inc., GE Healthcare, PercipEnz Technologies, Inc., Aperio Technologies, Inc., Cerner Corporation, IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, IMPAC Medical System, Misys-Healthcare Systems, and the University of Pittsburgh.Those receiving this award are listed below:Muhamad Sadek Almiski, MD, Wayne State University Jeff Baily, MD, PhD, University Hospitals of Cleveland Naima L. Carter-Monroe, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Steven Catinchi-Jaime, MD, Conemaugh Valley Memorial Medical Center Martin C. Chang, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital Jerome Cheng, MD, Suny Downstate Medical Center...