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PhD Dissertation Defense - Shaun Shakib

Dissertation Title

Shaun Shakib

Integrating Technologies, Methodologies, and Databases into a Comprehensive Terminology Management Environment to Support Interoperability among Clinical Information Systems

Location: HSEB 3515A
Date: Apr. 27, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm

Supervisory Committee: Stanley Huff, M.D.; Bruce Bray, M.D.; Lisa Cannon-Albright, M.S., Ph.D.; Roberto Rocha, M.D., Ph.D.; Lee Min Lau, Ph.D.


Controlled clinical terminologies are essential to realizing the benefits of electronic health record systems. However, implementing consistent and sustainable use of terminology has proven to be both intellectually and practically challenging. First, this project derives a conceptual understanding of the scope and intricacies of the challenge by applying informatics principles, practical experience, and real-world requirements. Equipped with this understanding, various approaches are explored and from this analysis a unique solution is defined. Finally, a working environment that meets the requirements for creating, maintaining, and distributing terminologies was created and evaluated.


Shaun Shakib is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He has over 10 years of experience and formal training in laboratory science, public health, and biomedical informatics. Currently, he is a product manager of terminology with GE Healthcare and through his career he has developed expertise in terminology development, management, mapping and implementation, and medical information modeling. His areas of interest and technical expertise include knowledge engineering, clinical terminology, vocabulary server design and implementation, and health information exchange.

He is an active member of national/international medical informatics and standards organizations, including Health Level 7 (HL7), Clinical Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).