Health Informatics Lecture Series Connects Students with Leaders in the Profession

The Department of Information Science Health Informatics Program continues its 2020-2021 Health Informatics Lecture Series for the academic year. The Series, which launched in Fall 2019, provides participants the opportunity to explore relevant topics in the field. 

“The Health Informatics Lecture Series is a modern take on the successful Medical Informatics Symposiums held in the 1990s and early 2000s and brings experts in the profession to engage with our students,” said Dr. Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor, Sarah Law Kennerly Endowed Professor, and director of the Health Informatics Program.

Invited speakers have included renowned industry and academic professionals who have presented on a range of pertinent topics in health sciences librarianship and health informatics. Four lectures are held each academic year using Zoom - two in the Fall and two in the Spring semesters. The presentations are open to UNT students, faculty, and staff, and this year, it has been open to the public.

The 2020-2021 series began this month and welcomed Joanna Wood, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist and COVID-19 Project Co-Ordinator at Evidence Aid, Health Improvement Public Health England, United Kingdom. Her presentation was entitled “Knowledge and Evidence Specialist in a Pandemic: Co-ordinating the Evidence Aid COVID-19 Evidence Collection.”  This timely topic was very popular as the lecture was well-attended.

The next presentation in the 2020-2021 series was “Creating Influence: Be an Agent of Change.”  This lecture was given by Lisa K. Traditi, Deputy Director, Associate Professor, Henry Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and 2020-2021 President of the Medical Library Association.  The audience gained practical and valuable information about the principles of influence through this engaging presentation.

The Health Informatics Lecture Series 2019-2020 featured the following speakers:

Fall 2019

Philip Kroth, MD, MSc
Director of the Biomedical Informatics Research, Training and Scholarship, and Professor of School of Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. Presently, Dr. Kroth is chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.
Topic: The Electronic Health Record and factors contributing to clinical stress and burnout

Lisa Federer, PhD, MLIS 
Data Science and Open Science Librarian
Office of Strategic Initiatives at the National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health
Topic: Data Sharing in Disaster Management

Spring 2020

Catherine K. Craven, PhD, MA, MLS, FAMIA
Senior Clinical Research Informaticist
Clinical Informatics Group in the Information Technology Division at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City  
Topic: Implementation of the EHR in a Large Health System

William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FAMIA, FACP
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University
Topic: Integrating Machine Learning in Healthcare

The Spring 2021 Health Informatics Lecture Series speakers will be announced in January 2021.