Seminar: Clinicians' Information Needs, Online Knowledge Resources; Electronic Health Records & Enabling Clinical Decision Support
Aug 29, 2011 1:00 PM
Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD
Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Location: HSEB 4100B
Date: Sep. 1, 2011
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Dr. Del Fiol will present a summary of his previous research on clinical decision support followed by his ongoing research efforts, including: 1) A systematic review of clinicians' knowledge needs, funded by his AHRQ career development award; 2) a study of providers' knowledge needs in the care of older adults, funded by the University of Utah Center on Aging Pilot Program; and 3) OpenInfobutton - a standards-compliant Web service that enables context-specific access to knowledge resources within electronic health records.
Dr. Kawamoto will present a summary of two initiatives he is leading at the University of Utah to enable clinical decision support (CDS) and knowledge management (KM) at scale. The first of these initiatives, OpenCDS (www.opencds.org), is a multi-institutional, collaborative effort to develop open-source, standards-based CDS and KM resources that can be widely adopted to improve care quality and value at scale. The second of these initiatives, Knowledge Management and Mobilization, is a multi-disciplinary initiative to enhance the management of clinical knowledge at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, with a primary focus on supporting continuous improvements in care quality and value. Dr. Kawamoto will provide a summary of these complementary efforts and identify opportunities for student involvement and learning.
Dr. Del Fiol is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics. He completed his medical training at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine followed by a residency in Biomedical Informatics. In 2002, he joined the Intermountain Healthcare Knowledge Management team. After completing his PhD training in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, Dr. Del Fiol joined Duke University as an Assistant Professor in the Community and Family Medicine Department. In March of 2011, he joined the informatics faculty at the University of Utah. Dr. Del Fiol is primarily interested in the design, development, and evaluation of large scale clinical decision support (CDS) applications to improve the quality of health care. His current research focuses on helping providers meet their information needs by integrating contextually-relevant and patient-specific knowledge resources into electronic health records. To facilitate this kind of integration, Dr. Del Fiol has led the development of standard specifications at Health Level 7 International (HL7), as a co-chair of the HL7 CDS Work Group. More recently, Dr. Del Fiol has developed an HL7-compliant knowledge integration Web service (OpenInfobutton), which is being enabled within the University of Utah Health System as part of the Knowledge Management and Mobilization (KMM) initiative.
Dr. Kawamoto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics and serves as the Director of the health care system's Knowledge Management and Mobilization (KMM) initiative. Dr. Kawamoto earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. and M.D. from Duke University. As a health informaticist and system architect, his passion lies in designing, implementing, and evaluating practical and scalable approaches to improving health and healthcare. Prior to joining the University of Utah faculty in August 2011, Dr. Kawamoto was an Assistant Professor of clinical informatics at Duke University, where he was appointed to the School of Medicine faculty while still in medical school. A clinical decision support (CDS) Web service known as SEBASTIAN that Dr. Kawamoto developed as a graduate student is now in routine operational use at several healthcare organizations to support chronic disease management and population health management. Dr. Kawamoto is also actively engaged in the development and adoption of health IT standards, co-chairs the HL7 CDS Work Group, and has expertise in CDS and knowledge management. His professional goal is to leverage his varied experiences in health informatics, software engineering, and clinical medicine to assist with the practical and scalable use of health IT to optimize disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. Operationally, Dr. Kawamoto directs the Knowledge Management and Mobilization initiative at University of Utah Health Care. Academically, his main focus is the continued development and leveraging of OpenCDS (www.opencds.org), which is a multi-institutional, open-source CDS initiative he founded through a K01 career development award from the National Human Genome Research Institute.