Charles Friedman presents distinguished lecture at international conference

Dr. Charles Friedman, professor of Information and Public Health, has been invited to present the Distinguished Lecture at the Hawaii International Conference on System Science on Wednesday, January 8 at 12:45 pm. The conference takes place between January 6-9 at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island.

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), now in its 47th year, is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences. This conference brings together researchers for a free exchange of scientific ideas.

The subject of Friedman's talk is "Science for the Nationwide Learning Health System." The Learning Health System, or LHS, is an ultra large-scale information infrastructure, a sort of smart grid for health.

Achieving a high-functioning LHS at national scale has been likened to the "moon shot" of the 1960s, but this greatly underestimates the magnitude of what must be conceived as a ultra large scale socio-technical challenge, according to Friedman.  Indeed, the challenge of the LHS may be akin to that of building the Panama Canal, more than a century ago, which required, among several feats of engineering, the conquest of an infectious disease and creation of a new nation. Solving the problems prerequisite to achieving an LHS may require a significantly new science of learning systems.

Friedman's presentation will describe the imperative of the Learning Health System and how it is currently envisioned, the features it requires to be effective and sustainable, and the key questions a science of learning systems must address.

Posted on January 6, 2014