Students in CS 6440 Introduction to Health Informatics now work with real world clinicians and researchers to solve challenges they pose using FHIR, the new web services based approach to health data sharing. Mark Braunstein will provide some basics of FHIR, Georgia Tech’s unique Tech on FHIR server as well as the course. After his introduction Tim Buchman Director of Emory’s eICU, Vjollca Sadiraj, Associate Director, Experimental Economics Center at GSU and Paula Braun, Entrepreneur in Residence at CDC will each present their challenge and show the FHIR-based app solution they developed with their student team.
Mark Braunstein teaches health informatics as a graduate seminar in the college and as an elective in the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program. His latest book, Practitioners Guide to Health Informatics, a guide to health informatics for physicians and other non-technical readers, was published in the spring of 2015. His text, Contemporary Health Informatics, was published in the spring of 2014. Health Informatics in the Cloud, a brief guide to health informatics for non-technical readers, was published in 2012. Tim Buchman is the founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC), which is integrating ICUs throughout the Emory Healthcare system and bringing together clinicians and investigators from diverse disciplines to conduct research to define best clinical practices and inform public health policy. His research spans the bench-to-bedside and encompasses studies of physiological dynamics, predictive biology, patient monitoring, the genetics of sepsis, and ICU end-of-life care. Before joining Emory, he was the Edison Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he founded and directed the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery and Barnes-Jewish Hospital's nationally verified level 1 trauma center. Prior to his 15 years in Saint Louis, Tim Buchman was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, where he built the SICU service and founded the Adult Trauma Service. He completed the Halsted Residency in General Surgery at Hopkins and his trauma/critical care training at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center. Vjollca Sadiraj is involved in research programs in public choice, public economics, individual social preferences and decision theory. She is interested in both theoretical modeling and experimental testing of the theory. Her current projects include: emergence and role of interests groups in spatial models of electoral competition, effects of rotation schemes on committee performance, effects of benefit taxation and ability to pay on excess burden, theoretical modeling of social preferences, conditional and unconditional altruism, and small- and large- stakes risk aversion. Paula Braun is Entrepreneur in Residence at CDC and Instructor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. Prior to this she was data scientist at Elder Research Inc., analyst in charge for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, analyst in charge for the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, analyst for the GAO and statistician and Presidential Medal Fellow at the CDC.