Dept. of Biomedical Informatics - The University of Utah School of Medicine

Dept. of Biomedical Informatics - The University of Utah School of Medicine The Department of Biomedical Informatics was established in 1964 at the University of Utah. Located in Salt Lake City, the department is internationally recognized as a leader in biomedical informatics research and education.
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The department has a National Library of Medicine (NLM) training grant to support its educational programs. Master of Science (MS), Non-Thesis Master of Science, Certificate and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs are offered along with short-term traineeships for students and visiting fellows. Research affiliations include the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Intermountain Health Care facilities, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, HealthInsight (the Peer Review Organization for Utah and Nevada), and the Utah Department of Health. As one of the largest biomedical informatics training programs in the world, the department's faculty and students are a diverse group with a wide range of experience and interests.

Mission: The mission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah is to improve health outcomes through information systems (including health, economic, and satisfaction results for consumers and providers) in both the private and public sectors of the healthcare and public health systems. To accomplish this mission, the Department assumes three major responsibilities: To educate biomedical and public health professionals, biomedical informaticists, and the healthcare and public health communities in the field of biomedical informatics. To promote and conduct research to broaden biomedical informatics knowledge. To serve health informatics professionals and consumers by participating in relevant professional societies, editorial boards, and continuing education programs, while maintaining biomedical informatics leadership in the community. These responsibilities involve the active collaboration of faculty and students at the University of Utah, with the School of Medicine, University of Utah Medical Center, Intermountain Health Care, LDS Hospital and other Intermountain Health Care related hospitals and clinics, the Department of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake VA Medical Center (VAMC), Utah Department of Health, and HealthInsight the PRO for Utah and Nevada.

Operating as usual

As a graduate of our department’s Masters Program, we want to give a shout out to Adi Gundlapalli, MD, PhD, MS. He is cu...
11/13/2020
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As a graduate of our department’s Masters Program, we want to give a shout out to Adi Gundlapalli, MD, PhD, MS. He is currently serving as a liaison for informatics between the CDC and the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and other external partners.

11/13/2020

Congratulations to Drs. Sara Lamb and Damian Borbolla on receiving a grant through AMA’s Accelerating Changes in Medical Education Innovation program. Faculty in DBMI are excited to work with others, and here is example of another collaboration. We wish both PIs continued success in their endeavors.

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Charlene Weir who is named one of six inaugural ACMI Distinguished Fellows. This new...
10/27/2020

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Charlene Weir who is named one of six inaugural ACMI Distinguished Fellows. This new recognition program aims to recognize senior Fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to ACMI in areas such as policy formulation, the practice of informatics, and applied research.

She will be presented with her award at ceremonies during the AMIA 2020 Virtual Annual Symposium. This is a prestigious honor and is well deserved!

Congratulations to Seraphine Kapsandoy-Jones, PhD, RN who is a finalist for the 2020 Women Tech Awards. This year’s fina...
10/26/2020

Congratulations to Seraphine Kapsandoy-Jones, PhD, RN who is a finalist for the 2020 Women Tech Awards. This year’s finalists are visionaries, innovators and inspiring. Currently, Dr. Kapsandoy-Jones is an instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah and in our program teaching Systems Analysis and Implementation to our students. We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber in our program! https://www.womentechcouncil.com/awards

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is a proud sponsor of the Big Mountain Data and Dev 2020 Conference on Oct 22 a...
10/16/2020
Big Mountain Data & Dev 2020 | Utah Geek Events

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is a proud sponsor of the Big Mountain Data and Dev 2020 Conference on Oct 22 and 23. You can register in the following link https://www.utahgeekevents.com/events/big-mountain-data-dev-2020/. See you there!

We have once again partnered with Goldman Sachs and invite you to Join us on October 22nd and 23rd, 2020 for great technical content, amazing speakers and great networking opportunities. This event will be fully virtual. Utah Geek Events has always prided itself on the network opportunities you rece...

We are excited to announce our next IABtalks event! It will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00pm MT...
10/06/2020

We are excited to announce our next IABtalks event! It will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00pm MT via Zoom. Register HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iabtalks-tickets-123207215097

This event’s Keynote address is “Capacity Building for Biomedical Informatics & Data Science in the New Decade” by Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA. Dr. Hightower is the Chief Medical Information Officer for University of Utah Health.

10/06/2020

Congratulations to Drs. Facelli, Gouripeddi and Conway for receiving their COVID-19 SARs internal seed grant. We wish you continued success and good luck on helping us combat this pandemic.

Congratulations to one of our faculty members, Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, who with his research team was awarded $5 mi...
10/02/2020
SCALE-UP Utah Awarded $5 Million to Improve COVID-19 Testing Among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations

Congratulations to one of our faculty members, Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, who with his research team was awarded $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve COVID-19 testing among underserved and vulnerable populations.

With a goal of reducing health disparities in Utah, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $5 million to researchers at University of Utah Health and Huntsman Cancer Institute. The team is leading SCALE-UP Utah, an initiative that aims to increase the acceptance, reach, uptake and long-...

09/25/2020
DBMI Industry Advisory Board - Why Join?

The Department of Biomedical Informatics has a vibrant group of MS and PhD students that benefit from interaction with industry in the informatics field. Want to learn more about how you can benefit from a partnership with our department?

08/27/2020

Welcome Back - School started this week with all of our classes being offered online!

08/27/2020

Congratulations to Drs. Guilherme Del Fiol and David Wetter on obtaining funding from American Cancer Society. Good luck on your research pursuit of quality improvement of HPV.

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Kawamoto for being awarded a second-year subcontract with Cleveland Clinic on their joint eff...
07/09/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Kawamoto for being awarded a second-year subcontract with Cleveland Clinic on their joint effort on Cleveland’s grant titled, “Testing the effectiveness of Individualized Disease Prevention for Middle-aged Adults”. We wish both groups continued success in your research endeavors.

Congratulations to Phung Matthews, PharmD, one of our current master's students, who was just selected as one of 10 indi...
07/07/2020

Congratulations to Phung Matthews, PharmD, one of our current master's students, who was just selected as one of 10 individuals to receive the Cambia Grove Innovator Fellowship. Cambia Grove is a healthcare innovation hub focused on creating a national ecosystem to support health care transformation.

Over the duration of the program, these fellows will work to build open-source frameworks that can be utilized and scaled throughout health care systems to advance interoperability. Check out each of the fellows, the partners they’ll be working with, and more! See https://rb.gy/bbhypr

06/23/2020

Welcome to our Fall 2020 Cohort! There are 8 new PhD candidates and 30 new MS students joining the program. We wish you all success in your educational training.

06/18/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Younghee Lee for being awarded a second year of funding on her “Integrative Analysis of alternative splicing in Alzheimer's disease” R03 grant! We wish you continued success in your research endeavors.

“Silicon Slopes Live” interviewed one of our faculty members, Julio Facelli, PhD along with Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD, a...
06/09/2020
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“Silicon Slopes Live” interviewed one of our faculty members, Julio Facelli, PhD along with Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD, a professor and Division Chief in the Genetic Epidemiology division at the University of Utah. Listen as they discuss their COVID-19 research using genealogy resources that are linked to medical records (Utah Population Database) to analyze data to better understand COVID-19 and to create an optimal model to prepare for future pandemics. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1lPKqVvPvkmGb

Silicon Slopes Live: Lisa Cannon-Albright, MD and Julio Facelli, PhD, UofU Health

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Kawamoto on receiving a 2nd year of funding on his “Scalable decision support and shared deci...
05/08/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Kawamoto on receiving a 2nd year of funding on his “Scalable decision support and shared decision making for lung cancer screening” AHRQ grant. We wish you and your group continued success!

During these challenging times in dealing with the massive fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty are staying bus...
04/24/2020

During these challenging times in dealing with the massive fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty are staying busy by contributing to the University of Utah’s research goal to create a brighter future for all of us. See what some of our faculty are doing:https://medicine.utah.edu/dbmi/news/2020/04/covid-19.php

Congratulations to Dr. Younghee Lee who was awarded a Pilot study from Incheon Techno Park, IGC University and Industry ...
04/13/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Younghee Lee who was awarded a Pilot study from Incheon Techno Park, IGC University and Industry Matching. This award will be used to develop an integration and analysis method of genomic data. We wish you continued success in your research endeavors.

It is our pleasure to announce Shea O’Brien as the recipient of the Rolland H. Reiter Scholarship. This scholarship qual...
02/25/2020

It is our pleasure to announce Shea O’Brien as the recipient of the Rolland H. Reiter Scholarship. This scholarship qualified her for a tuition reduction of 50% for the Spring 2020 semester. Applicants must be masters students working full-time in health informatics at a hospital, a health care system, or a private software or service company related to health care informatics. Congrats Shea!

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Narus on being selected for the inaugural Chair of the new Center for Standards-Based Healt...
02/13/2020
Scott Narus on LinkedIn: #Logica #Interoperability

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Narus on being selected for the inaugural Chair of the new Center for Standards-Based Healthcare Interoperability. We wish you success in this new endeavor! For more information click here: https://bit.ly/31PkReO

Intermountain Healthcare recently announced the formation of a Center for Standards-Based Healthcare Interoperability, and I have been asked by the Center's...

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Eilbeck on being awarded a 2-year grant from the Utah Department of Health. This grant, “Re...
02/10/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Eilbeck on being awarded a 2-year grant from the Utah Department of Health. This grant, “Results My Way” – A Newborn Screening Educational Tool for Patients and Providers, will help families and providers to design best tools, practices, education and care delivery modalities. We wish you continued success in your research endeavors!

01/16/2020

The new year and new semester have started! We have worked all the kinks, as usual for the first week of classes, and everyone is off to a good start. We currently have 55 MS students and 20 PhD in programs and are expecting about 18 graduates by the end of the semester. 2020 here we come….

Congratulations to Dr. Younghee Lee on receiving a grant from Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program provided by...
12/09/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Younghee Lee on receiving a grant from Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program provided by the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This is a prestigious 2-year award that will help further cancer research. Congratulations Dr. Lee and wish you continued success!

We had a great showing at AMIA this year and had a good turnout for our Alumni Dinner. Hope to see you next year!
11/27/2019

We had a great showing at AMIA this year and had a good turnout for our Alumni Dinner. Hope to see you next year!

#Writingwednesday!We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we ...
11/20/2019
Thieme E-Journals - Yearbook of Medical Informatics / Abstract

#Writingwednesday!

We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we would like to spotlight Dr. Mike Conway, Mengke Hu, and Dr. Wendy Chapman on their co-authored article "Recent Advances in Using Natural Language Processing to Address Public Health Research Questions Using Social Media and ConsumerGenerated Data." Check out the article below!

http://bit.ly/2B0oceJ

Thieme E-Books & E-Journals

#Writingwednesday!We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we ...
11/13/2019
IOS Press Ebooks - Crowdsourcing Public Opinion for Sharing Medical Records for the Advancement of Science

#Writingwednesday!

We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we would like to spotlight Dr. John Hurdel, on their co-authored article "Crowdsourcing public opinion for sharing medical records for the advancement of science." Check out the article below!

http://bit.ly/2MEq1U6

This study used Amazon Mechanical Turk to crowdsource public opinions about sharing medical records for clinical research. The 1,508 valid respondents comprised 58.7% males, 54% without college degrees, 41.5% students or unemployed, and 84.3% under 40 years old. More than 74% were somewhat willing t...

11/11/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Eilbeck and the Department of Biomedical Informatics on being awarded the 23rd year to their T15 NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Grant. This provides 11 pre- and post-doc students a stipend, tuition coverage, travel, and training funds to help them pursue their educational and research goals. Congrats and we wish the students and mentors continued success.

#Writingwednesday!We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we ...
11/06/2019
Study of the Lamellar and Micellar Phases of Pluronic F127: A Molecular Dynamics Approach

#Writingwednesday!

We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we would like to spotlight Dr. Julio Facelli, on his co-authored article "Study of the lamellar and micellar phases of pluronic F127: A molecular dynamics approach" Check out the article below!

http://bit.ly/2MKTjjZ

In this work, we analyzed the behavior of Pluronic F127 through molecular dynamics simulations at the coarse-grain level, focusing on the micellar and lamellar phases. To this aim, two initial polymer conformations were considered, S-shape and U-shape, for both simulated phases. Through the simulati...

Reminder! Please RSVP for our next Grand Rounds featuring James Cimino, MD, from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.Lu...
10/31/2019

Reminder!

Please RSVP for our next Grand Rounds featuring James Cimino, MD, from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Lunch will be provided. http://bit.ly/33R0NIW

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: HSEB 4100B

#Writingwednesday!We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we ...
10/30/2019
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#Writingwednesday!

We would like to spotlight the publications of our faculty and students every Wednesday! This week we would like to spotlight Dr. Ken Kawamoto, on their co-authored article "Development and validation of a pragmatic electronic phenotype for CKD." Check out the article below!

http://bit.ly/33tkFSp

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