Joint Seminars on Medical Informatics

Thursday Nov 21: 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM

“Integrating Routine Data to Reduce Hospital Attendances and Admissions”

Speakers: D. Ceglarek & S. Lahiri & T. Arvanitis, University of Warwick, UK.

Professor Darek Ceglarek is the EPSRC (UK equivalent of NSF) Research Chair and founder of the Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) group at WMG, University of Warwick dedicated to research informing Factory-of-the-Future and Hospitals-of-the-Future. He received his PhD. (mechanical engineering & applied mechanics) from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, in 1994. Previously, he was Full Professor with tenure in the Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is also faculty of Health Systems Engineering at the WMG Institute of Digital Healthcare dedicated to research that integrates approaches from health and social care; biomedical engineering; and health systems modeling. Prof. Ceglarek develops approaches for modelling and analysis of unnecessary variations along patient journeys with the results implemented by the UK National Health Services for quality and productivity improvement. His methodologies have led to patents granted by the US Patent Office, one such patent is used by GE Healthcare for remote diagnostics of all its MRIs and CT scanners.

Sudi Lahiri is a Senior Research Fellow and works with the IDH and DLM Group. She received her PhD. (social welfare) from the U-Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 where she modelled longitudinal data spanning 25 years to examine pathways to health of youth in Chicago. Also, at the UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health, she examined the impact of city-wide smoking ban on residents. Through the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor School of Public Health she examined health service utilization of families in federally underserved areas. Sudi collaborates with several hospitals in UK to accurately model patient journeys for care quality improvement.

Professor Theo Arvanitis is Professor of e-Health Innovation at the WMG Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH). Prof. Arvanitis received his DPhil (biomedical engineering) in 1997 from the University of Sussex, UK.  His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics. In collaboration with the Institute of Child Health, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, he conducts neuroimaging research that includes magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy for childhood brain tumour characterisation, with the results leading to novel pattern recognition, computational models and quantification of in vivo and in vitro magnetic resonance spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging. Recently, he has been awarded a large EPSRC grant to investigate the relationship between structural and functional networks in the human thalamocortical system.

Friday Nov 22: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

“Leveraging Longitudinal Electronic Health Data for Health Outcome Monitoring and Evaluation”

Speaker: W. Adams, BU School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center

Dr. William Adams is an epidemiologist, medical informatician, and practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC).  He is Director of BU-CTSI Clinical Research Informatics, Director of Child Health Informatics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.  His research focuses on developing and evaluating information technology (IT)-based solutions for improving the quality of health and healthcare for children. His focuses include immunization registries, the child health EHR, patient-centered IT and clinical data warehousing for quality improvement and research.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) technical and programmatic teams.  He is a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Partnership for Policy Implementation (PPI), a group of child health informaticians committed to improving AAP guideline quality including computability.  He also serves as advisor to the AAP Center for Child Health Informatics and is a member of the AAP Steering Committee for the Quality Innovation Network.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Healthcare Analytics”

Speaker: D. Bertsimas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dimitris Bertsimas is currently the Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management and the co-director of the Operations Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1985, a MS in Operations Research at MIT in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research at MIT in 1988.  Since 1988, he has been in the MIT faculty. His research interests include optimization, stochastic systems, data mining, and their applications. In recent years he has worked in robust optimization, health care and finance. He has published over 150 papers and 3 graduate level textbooks. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and he has received several research awards including the Farkas prize, the SIAM Optimization prize and the Erlang Prize. He has supervised 52 doctoral students at MIT and he is currently supervising 13 others.

Hosting Professors: Yannis Paschalidis (CISE) and Alan Cohen (SMG)