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Informatics Research Seminars

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.


2015 Seminar Schedule


All seminars are held from 4:00-5:00 pm.





January 7
Terrie L. Reed, MSIE
Efforts to Improve the Capture of Structured Device Information at the Point of Care
January 14
Fei Yu, PhD
Iterative Methodology and Usability Improvement for Clinical Decision Support
January 21
Daniel Janies, PhD
Visualization and Analysis of the Emergence, Evolution, and Spread of Pathogens
January 28
Mildred Pointer, PhD
Exploring the Data on Salt-induced Hypertension
February 4
Sy Atezaz Saeed, MD, MS, FACPsych
NC-STeP: Using Telepsychiatry to Improve Access to Evidence-Based Care
February 11
Angela Zoss
Text-based Disease Classification of Medical Literature
February 18
Stacie Dusetzina, PhD
Leveraging Secondary Data for Health Services Research and Policy Evaluations
February 25
Hua Xu, PhD
Natural Language Processing: Methods and Applications in the Medical Domain
March 4
Richelieu Tah, MIS, RN
Health Care and Technology: Compliance with Data Regulations in a Regional Hospital
March 18
Xinghua Mindy Shi, PhD Yajiong (Lucky) Xue, PhD and Huigang Liang, PhD
UNC-C Genetic Privacy In the Era of Personal Genomics
March 25
Saif Khairat, PhD
xHealth: Informatics Applications in Disease Management
April 1
Erich S. Huang, MD, PhD
Shifting Paradigm in Biomedical Data Science
April 8
Timothy Pletcher, DHA
April 15
Dr. Deborah A. Fortune, PhD, MCHES, FAAHE NCCU
Dissemination of Health Information on HIV/AIDS
April 22
Yajiong (Lucky) Xue, PhD and Huigang Liang, PhD ECU
HIE Implementation in NC
August 26  Lesley Curtis, PhD  Duke  Leveraging electronic health care data for medical product safety: The Mini-Sentinel Experience
September 2  Rebecca Kitzmiller, PhD, MHR, MSN  UNC-CH  Sustaining High Reliability in the Face of Organizational Change: Study Proposal
September 9  Yaorong Ge, PhD UNC-C   Standard Terminologies of adverse effects and their use in radiation therapy clinical trials
September 16  Kimberly Cogdell, JD  NCCU Legal Strategies for Using HIPAA and other Regulations to Protect Healthcare Data
September 23  Guyla Evans, PhD  ECU Comparison of Documentation Models Used by Emergency Physicians in a Community Hospital Setting
September 30 William Saunders, PhD
 A Graphical and Analytics Approach to Understanding Hospital Re-admissions in North Carolina
October 7 Constance Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Duke Consumer Health Informatics: An Innovative Technology for Self-Management of Chronic Disease
October 14  Di Wu, PhD
 UNC-CH Genomic Data based Drug Discovery/Repurposing
October 21  Ricky Bloomfield, MD  Duke  A Platform for Healthcare Innovation
October 28 John Bang, PhD  NCCU Paradigm shift in Environmental and Health Risk Assessments in Nano Era
November 4 Susie Harris, PhD, MBA, RHIA  ECU Uncaptured Diabetes Data, until ICD-10
November 11 Christina Mack, PhD, MSPH   UNC-CH Using Real-World Data for Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Studies

 Target Audience

Health Informatics Faculty, clinicians with an interest in health informatics, Health Informatics Students, Health IT or Informatics Staff at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Charlotte, and East Carolina University.



Duke: Hock Plaza, Hock Auditorium (Ground Level)DCHI Logo

Parking @ Duke: Effective July 2014, a printed, bar coded parking pass is required for entry to and exit from the garage. Parking passes must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of the seminar. Email Liz ( to request a parking pass. The pass will be emailed to you in PDF format and must be printed for scanning at the gate. The system will not scan bar codes from smartphones. After parking, proceed to the 4th floor of the parking garage and exit across the driveway to enter the building. Sign in at the desk and take the elevator to the ground floor. Exit left off the elevator and walk down to hall, Hock Auditorium is on your right.

UNC-CH: Health Science Library, Room 328  CHIP

NCCU: James E. Shepard Memorial Library, Room 364  NCCU Logo

UNC-C: Fretwell 126 (Campus parking available.)  UNCC Logo

ECU: Health Sciences Building, Room 1355 (Campus and meter parking available around the Health Sciences Building.)  ECU Logo


Clinical Education Unit (CEU) Credit

Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development is authorized by IACET to offer .1 CEU per presentation to participants who attend the entire presentation, complete the sign-in sheet, and complete and return the feedback/evaluation form at the conclusion of each presentation. Partial credit is not awarded.

 IACET logoDuke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education &Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. In obtaining this approval, Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard, which are widely recognized as standards of good practice internationally. As a result of Authorized Provider status, Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development is authorized to offer IACET CEU’s for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard.


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