Health Informatics faculty, students recognized by American Medical Informatics Association

Charles Friedman

Several faculty members, research fellows, and doctoral students from the Schools of Information (UMSI) and Public Health (SPH), many of whom also are affiliated with the Health Informatics program sponsored by both Schools, are up for recognition at the 2014 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. 

AMIA’s Symposium is the leading scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice, presenting work from many disciplines and specialties. It will be held November 15-19 in Washington, DC. The Health Informatics program will have a booth in the conference exhibit hall at location #424.

Charles Friedman, UMSI and SPH professor and department chair of Learning Health Sciences in the U-M Medical School, will be receiving the AMIA Leadership Award along with Gilad Kuperman from the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The award recognizes the pair for their contribution to advancing the AMIA’s efforts in accreditation of masters’ degree programs in health informatics. In addition to his current appointments, Friedman founded the Health Informatics program at U-M and served as its first director.

Julia Adler-Milstein

Julia Adler-Milstein, UMSI and SPH assistant professor, will be honored with the AMIA 2014 New Investigator Award, which recognizes an individual for early informatics contributions and significant scholarly contributions on the basis of scientific merit and research excellence. 

The Symposium also selected three papers by authors affiliated with the Health Informatics program for the AMIA Distinguished Paper Award. Roughly 250 papers were submitted for consideration at the Symposium, and only 15 were selected as nominees deserving of the award.

The top awards will be announced at the closing session on November 19. The three nominated papers from Health Informatics authors are as follows:

  • “Mining Consumer Health Vocabulary from Community-generated Text,” by V.G.Vinod Vydiswaran, UMSI research fellow and investigator; Qiaozhu Mei, UMSI associate professor; David Hanauer, associate professor at UMSI and the U-M Medical School; and Kai Zheng, UMSI and SPH associate professor, and director of the Health Informatics program.
  • “The Impact of HIT on Cost and Quality in Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices” by Adler-Milstein; Genna Cohen, SPH doctoral student; and Amanda Markovitz and Michael Paustian from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
  • “What is Asked in Clinical Data Request Forms? A Multi-site Thematic Analysis of Forms towards Better Data Access Support,” by Hanauer; Chunhua Weng, Gregory Hruby and Daniel Fort of Columbia University; Luke Rasmussen, Northwestern University; and Eneida Mendonça, University of Wisconsin.

In addition, 2011 UMSI PhD graduate Jina Huh, now an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, was also named a Distinguished Paper Award nominee for the paper she co-authored: “Evaluating Health Interest Profiles Extracted from Patient-generated Data.”

UMSI doctoral student Allen Flynn’s paper “MedMinify: An Advice-giving System for Simplifying the Schedules of Daily Home Medication Regimens Used to Treat Chronic Conditions" is among the Student Paper Competition Finalists. 

UMSI doctoral students Charles Senteio and Danny Wu have been accepted into the AMIA's Doctoral Consortium, a forum in which doctoral students can meet and discuss their work with each other and with a panel of experienced researchers.

Posted October 16, 2014