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    Frank Naeymi-Rad, PhD, MBA

Frank Naeymi-Rad, PhD, MBA

Current Affiliation: Chairman and CEO, Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc.

Education: BSc, Mathematics, Illinois State University
Masters in Computer Science, Southern Illinois University
MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School of Business
PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology in Computer Science

Biography and photograph when elected: 

How do you describe your work to those outside the field?

My work focuses on the intersection of computer science and medical science. Using computer science fundamentals, I want to accelerate the adoption of information technology at the point-of-care and participate in improving the quality and efficiency of care delivery. I use Medical Informatics to focus on supporting the smooth transformation of healthcare records from a paper to a paperless environment.

Years of experience:

I have been active in the field of computer science in medicine since 1984.

Why informatics?

I became an active member of informatics when I started attending the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (before SCAMC was changed to AMIA). I am proud of my perfect attendance record, not having missed any of the SCAMC/AMIA conferences since 1985! I was mesmerized with applied decision support for computer-aided diagnosis: DXplain research from Professor Octo Barnett’s lab; Iliad from Professor Homer Warner’s lab; the work of Drs. Randy Miller and Chip Masarie on QMR; and the Mycin project from Professor Ted Shortliffe using rule-based artificial intelligence reasoning within management cycle of care used to diagnose and modeling used to recommend treatment. I was also exposed to the work of Dr. Larry Weed on problem-oriented medical records, PKC Problem knowledge coupler and Dr. Warner Slack on patient-entered history. Getting exposed to the work of these visionaries and being mentored by my friend and current board of director member of Intelligent Medical Objects, Dr. Charles Safran, has inspired me to commit my life to informatics.

What are your ambitions? At the end of your career, what do you hope to have accomplished?

Now, my primary career focus centers on the use of standard terminology in the Problem-Oriented Longitudinal Structured Electronic Medical Record. My ambition is to see a true and transparent problem-oriented electronic medical record foundation based on standard terminology to be realized across all electronic health records.

The company I founded, Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc, manages and distributes interface terminology products that allow the electronic medical record companies to easily adopt the changes in medical terminology and regulatory coded reporting. The goal is to create a “Semantic Highway” that will become foundation informatics innovations our community can use.

I have been very fortunate in that I can say I have surpassed all that I thought was possible in a lifetime, but the future of health informatics is unlimited and will be amazing!

Who or what are your “key sources” in the informatics field?

I regularly follow and read JAMIA, the Journal of AHIMA, AMIA proceedings, Harvard Business Review. I also read recommendations from my Board of Directors, my management team and my clients, and online sources like HIStalk. I also listen to the TED Radio Hour Podcast on my weekend walk.

Articles that spotlight my research interests:

A Feature Dictionary for a Multi-Domain Medical Knowledge Base; Proceedings Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care. Nov 9, 1988: 212-217 AMIA Frank Naeymi-Rad; Student paper competition.

Testing Pattern Recognition as a Method for Measuring Severity of Illness; Proceedings Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care. Nov 8, 1989: 253-257. D. Trace, F. Naeymi-Rad, L. Carmony, S. Chen, K. Kerns, P. Yarnold, M. Tan, M. Astiz, C. Meecher, M.H.Weil, and M. Evens.

Informatics Workup Annual Symposium Computer Applications Medical Care. 1992:545-9. Naeymi-Rad F, Trace D, Shoults K, Suico J, O'Brien M, Evens M, Carmony L, Roberts R, Zelanski R.

What are your hobbies? Interests outside of AMIA? Passions?

My family is my biggest interest. I enjoy traveling with my wife and spending time with my granddaughter. I like to collect wine and appreciate the historical influence of wine in art and science. I am also interested in American history and I enjoy reading about or listening to life stories of our founding fathers. I also love listening to podcasts, especially TED talks.

AMIA is important to me because …

AMIA is where ideas are analyzed, innovations are challenged and experiences, good or bad, are exposed. It is a community that is and will be responsible for successful adoption of computers in care delivery organizations. Many of my close personal friends are members.

I am involved with AMIA …

As corporate sponsor and member.

It may surprise people to know …

I was born in Iran raised as a Shia Muslim. My mother was Jewish and my wife is Catholic. Another surprising thing about me is that I used to make Macramé jewelry and plant holders to supplement my income during undergraduate and graduate school.

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