AMIA 2013 Award Winners

New Investigator Award

Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD

Dr. Nigam H. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's research is focused on combining machine learning and text-mining with knowledge encoded in medical ontologies to learn practice-based evidence from unstructured data. He teaches a graduate class on data-driven medicine as well as teaches on the topics of how to make and use biomedical ontologies, current trends & future directions in biomedical ontologies and reasoning with biomedical data.

Dr. Shah was the youngest invited participant of the NIH conference on Knowledge Environments for Biomedical Research in 2006; and he co-chairs the Bio-Ontologies meeting at the Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology conference since 2008 and chaired the American Medical Informatics Association's Summit on Translational Bioinformatics in 2012. Dr. Shah serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, BMC Bioinformatics, Nature Scientific Data and has served as a guest editor for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Shah also serves as scientific advisor to companies applying semantic technologies in the health and life sciences. He holds an MBBS from Baroda Medical College, India, a PhD from Penn State University and completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University.

Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Staggers' journey in clinical informatics spans nearly 30 years across operational Health IT and academic positions. While an Army nurse in the early 1980s, she worked for the Chief Financial Officer in a medical center and convinced him to purchase state-of-the-art PCs (8088s) for the head nurses and wardmasters. Her first informatics position was as the nursing leader for the Congressionally-mandated implementation of the VA's electronic health record at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in 1985-1988. After obtaining a PhD in 1992, she led enterprise electronic health record (EHR) projects in the 1990s and 2000s at the Department of Defense, Catholic Healthcare West and the University of Utah. The inpatient EHR project in Department of Defense (DOD) was across Army, Navy and Air Force from inception and system selection to installation and evaluation. Initially deployed at 16 sites in the mid-1990s, this EHR is now installed at 58 sites worldwide. Later, she led a large, interdisciplinary, TriService effort to create a vision for DOD’s future EHRs.

Contributions to Nursing Informatics (NI) include foundational work: creating a current definition for NI, leading the American Nurses Association (ANA) NI Scope and Standards projects in 2001 and 2008 and developing and validating NI competencies. After synthesizing past NI definitions and Drs. Staggers and Cheryl Thompson offered a new NI definition in 2000. This definition was adopted by the ANA and by the Canadian NI Association. Twice Dr. Staggers led national taskforces to rewrite and update the ANA's Scope and Standards for NI in the U.S. A series of research efforts with colleagues resulted in a validated, master list of NI competencies in the early 2000's. The competencies have been well received by the nursing community in the U.S. and were extended to nursing communities and research efforts in Scandinavia, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and more recently Brazil.

Dr. Staggers' research program centers on improving the user experience (UX) for care providers. Funded research and scholarly efforts define this contribution beginning with publications from her dissertation in 1992 where she developed a theoretical framework for nurse-computer interaction and tested nurses' performance on various EHR displays. The framework was later extended to a human-computer interaction framework. UX work includes evaluating designs for electronic medical administration records, the usability of an outpatient EHR, contextual aspects of EHRs, nursing handoffs and patient-centered handoffs. She has mentored many students in user experience research, NI and biomedical informatics.

Leadership in the UX arena includes two national efforts as well as providing expert testimony to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT. She led the usability collaborative with Michelle Troseth as part of the national TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform) effort in 2007-2009. This large collaboration resulted in a whitepaper as well as numerous national/international presentations and publications to educate nurses about the user experience. The TIGER effort is active and ongoing. Dr. Staggers led a national taskforce effort for HIMSS in 2010-2011 with Melanie Rodney, a UX researcher, to develop a usability maturity model for organizations as they initiate and mature usability within their organizations. Dr. Staggers gave national testimony about EHR usability to ONC committees on the usability of EHRs in 2011 and as the HIMSS representative in 2013.

In 2006, Dr. Staggers was named a Nursing Informatics Pioneer by the AMIA NIWG. She was the NI Consultant to the Army Surgeon General from 1994-1997. She served on the AMIA Public Policy Committee from 2008-2010 and was the Director of NI at the University of Utah for 3 years. Nancy Staggers was chair and co-chair of the board of directors for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2007-2011 and the associate editor for the journal Computers, Informatics and Nursing for 10 years from 1995-2005. She is currently Professor, School of Nursing, University of Maryland and a commissioner on the Utah Digital Health Commission, a board member of Utah HIMSS and an Alliance for Nursing Informatics representative. She has over 100 publications to include a new text with Dr. Ramona Nelson, Health Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Approach, released in June 2013. Dr. Staggers has had the good fortune to work with great informatics colleagues during her career. She enjoys giving presentations nationally and internationally about informatics and, in particular, the user experience.

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics

Charles Safran, MD, FACMI

Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School. He is the past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association and was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and a council member of the Health on the Net (HON).

Dr. Safran has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s hospital. At the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center he led the development and deployment of their electronic health records which are used in all areas of ambulatory clinical practice. He has also worked on clinical decision support systems to help clinicians implement care guidelines, select diagnostic strategies for cancer patients, and treat patients with HIV/AIDS. He has developed telemedicine solutions to support parents with premature infants called Baby CareLink that he brought to the national market through a company he founded. He is now focused on improving family collaboration with the care of elders though the AHRQ supported InfoSAGE project.

Dr. Safran started an informatics fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital in 1989 and joined Harvard Medical School’s informatics fellowship program funded by the National Library of Medicine in 1996. He has directly mentored 21 fellows since that time including the current CIO of the hospital. Several of these fellows have risen to national and international prominence. Dr. Safran is currently site director of the informatics fellowship program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Clinical Informatics track chair for the Harvard Medical School masters program in biomedical informatics and NLM informatics fellowship. He developed and currently teaches a graduate level course at HMS -- An introduction to Clinical Informatics. He also co-teaches a course called, Medicine and Management for third year medical students who are also enrolled at Harvard Business School.

During Dr. Safran’s tenure as President and Chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association, he initiated a broad national distance education program called the AMIA 10x10 program. He was also integral to AMIA’s outreach to ABMS to create the subspecialty of clinical informatics. Dr. Safran was part of the group who developed the core content documents for the subspecialty, and he lead the group who specified training requirements for clinical informatics. He currently is on the exam committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine that has created the exam for the clinical informatics subspecialty, which has been adopted by all the specialties of ABMS.

Dr. Safran has over 190 publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and hold a Masters degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics

Stanley M. Huff, MD, FACMI

Dr. Huff is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, and a Professor (Clinical) in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Huff received his BS degree in Chemistry from Brigham Young University and his MD degree from the University of Utah. He completed a year of Internal Medicine residency training at the University of New Mexico prior to completing a residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Utah. Immediately after completing his residency training, he worked for two years with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Columbus Ohio. Since that time he has held various positions at Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah. At the University of Utah he teaches biomedical informatics classes and advises and directs PhD and master’s degree students in their research projects. Intermountain Healthcare is a charitable not-for-profit health care organization in the intermountain west that includes 22 hospitals, numerous primary care and specialty clinics, and a health plans (health insurance) division. As the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain he has responsibility for the architecture and functions of all clinical information systems.

A primary theme of Dr. Huff’s career has been the representation of medical data and information in coded and structured form so that it can be processed algorithmically by a computer. Dr. Huff was one of the participants in the early UMLS (Unified Medical Language System) contracts. He has worked in the area of medical terminologies and medical database architecture for the past 20 years. He teaches a course in medical vocabulary and data exchange standards at the University of Utah. He is currently leading the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI), and is a member of the Board of Directors of HL7, a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Committee, and the chair of the Clinical LOINC committee. He was previously the Chair of the Board of HL7, a former member of the Lister Hill Center Board of Scientific Counselors and a past member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Dr. Huff is a fellow of the American Board of Pathologists (ABP) and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

Peter Szolovits, PhD, FACMI

Peter Szolovits is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Professor of Health Sciences and Technology in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research centers on the application of AI methods to problems of medical decision making, natural language processing to extract meaningful data from clinical narratives to support translational medicine, and the design of information systems for health care institutions and patients. He has worked on problems of diagnosis, therapy planning, execution and monitoring for various medical conditions, computational aspects of genetic counseling, controlled sharing of health information, and privacy and confidentiality issues in medical record systems. His interests in AI include knowledge representation, qualitative reasoning, and probabilistic inference. His interests in medical computing include Web-based heterogeneous medical record systems, life-long personal health information systems, and design of cryptographic schemes for health identifiers. He teaches classes in artificial intelligence, programming languages, medical computing, medical decision making, knowledge-based systems and probabilistic inference.

Prof. Szolovits has served on journal editorial boards and as program chairman and on the program committees of national conferences. He has been a founder of and consultant for several companies that apply AI to problems of commercial interest. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and his PhD in information science, both from Caltech. Prof. Szolovits was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He also serves as a member of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics

William W. Stead, MD

ACMI bio

Dr. Stead is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of the Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Informatics Center is a unique blend of the Department of Biomedical Informatics of the School of Medicine (research and education), the Eskind Biomedical Library (knowledge management), the Center for Better Health (accelerating change) and the units that manage the medical center's information technology infrastructure.

Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D., and training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke. At Vanderbilt, his team translates novel informatics techniques into information technology capable of handling the complexity and pace of change in biomedical science and health care. The resulting enterprise-wide electronic health record, clinical communication/decision support tools and population-scale research resources, support his current focus on system-based care and research leading toward personalized medicine.

Dr. Stead is McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine. He is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine, and an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He was the first recipient of the Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics and the 2007 recipient of the Collen Award for Excellence in Medical Informatics.

He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, Presidential appointee to the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, and as Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Engaging the Computer Science Research Community in Health Care Informatics. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine, the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council and the National Committee for Vital Health Statistics. In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.

Bio courtesy of Vanderbilt University. More information about Dr. Stead can be found here.

AMIA Leadership Awards

  • Cynthia S. Gadd - leadership of the advanced interprofessional certification initiative and the Academic Forum
  • Margo Edmunds - leadership of the Public Policy Committee
  • Benson S. Munger - advancing development efforts for the clinical informatics subspecialty
  • Judy Murphy - advancing the nationwide adoption of health information technology by providers and consumers through her work at ONC
  • Vimla L. Patel - leadership of the Student Paper Advisory Committee
  • CIBRC Faculty and Editors: Bimal R. Desai, John T. Finnell, William R. Hersh, Joseph L. Kannry, Robert C. Marshall, Lisa M. Masson, Diane Montella, Benson S. Munger, Thomas H. Payne, Douglas E. Rosendale, Feliciano Yu - Advancing the Clinical Informatics Board Review Program

Distinguished Poster Awards

Distinguished posters are selected from a slate of candidate posters recommended by the AMIA Annual Symposium Poster Committee and the AMIA Awards Committee during the poster sessions at the AMIA Annual Symposium.

Using Patient Laboratory Measurement Values and Dynamics to Deconvolve EHR Bias and Define Acuity-based Phenotypes
D. Albers, R. Pivovarov, G. Hripcsak, N. Elhadad, Columbia University

After-visit Clinical Summaries: What is Meaningful to Patients?
A. Chung, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; C. Shea, University of North Carolina Gilling’s School of Public Health

Adherence Engineering to Improve Best Practices
F. Drews, B. Mallin, J. Bakdash, C. Korhonen, A. Angelovic, SLC VAMC

Open Source Computerized Patient Reported Outcomes: Research and Practice across Three Domains
J. McReynolds, H. Crane, University of Washington; D. Berry, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, W. Lober, University of Washington

Analyzing Requests for Clinical Data for Self-service Penetration
K. Natarajan, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University; N. Sobhani, A. Boyer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital; A. Wilcox, Columbia

Recreational Drug Slang: Identification of New Terms and Populating a Lexical Taxonomy Ontology
M. Ross, A. Kumar, M. Lah, UC San Diego; R. Calvo, San Diego State University/UC San Diego; M. Conway, UC San Diego

Remote Prenatal Care for Low-risk Pregnant Women
B. Welch, K. Kawamoto, M. Varner, E. Clark, University of Utah

A Phenomenologic Study Exploring Nurses’ Experience with Health Information Technology over Time
I. Zadvinskis, E. Chipps, P. Yen, Ohio State University

Distinguished Paper Awards

Identifying Inconsistencies in SNOMED CT Problem Lists using Structural Indicators
A. Agrawal, Manhattan College; Y. Perl, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Y. Chen, Borough of Manhattan Community College; G. Elhanan, Halfpenny Technologies; M. Liu, New Jersey Institute of Technology

On-time Clinical Phenotype Prediction Based on Narrative Reports
C. Bejan, Vanderbilt University; L. Vanderwende, Microsoft; H. Evans, M. Wurfel, University of Wasington; M. Yetisgen-Yildiz, University of Washington

Patient Moderator Interaction in Online Health Communities
J. Huh, D. McDonald, A. Hartzler, W. Pratt, University of Washington

Using Image References in Radiology Reports to Support Enhanced Report-to-Image Navigation
T. Mabotuwana, Y. Qian, M. Sevenster, Philips Research North America

Twinlist: Novel User Interface Designs for Medication Reconciliation
C. Plaisant, T. Chao, J. Wu, University of Maryland; A. Hettinger, Medstar Innovation Institute; J. Herskovic, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center; T. Johnson, University of Kentucky; E. Bernstam, E. Markowitz, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; S. Powsner, Yale University; B. Shneiderman, University of Maryland

Paper Awards

2013 Homer Warner Award

This award honors the author of the paper who best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition, and management and experimental results that document the value of these approaches.

Patient Encounters and Care Transitions in One Community Supported by Automated Query-based Health Information Exchange, T. Campion, J. Vest, J. Ancker, R. Kaushal, Weill Cornell Medical College

2013 Diana E. Forsythe Award

In recognition of research that best exemplifies the spirit and scholarship of Diana Forsythe's work at the intersection of informatics and social sciences.

Sara L. Ackerman, Benefit or burden? A sociotechnical analysis of diagnostic computer kiosks in four California hospital emergency departments

2013 Nursing Informatics Working Group Award

In recognition of a student who demonstrates excellence in nursing informatics and who has the potential to contribute significantly to the discipline of nursing and health informatics.

Denise M. Pimintel, A Software Communication Tool for the Tele‐ICU

2013 Harriet H. Werley Award

In recognition of the paper making the greatest contribution to advance the field of nursing informatics.

Adriana Arcia, Method for the Development of Data Visualizations for Community Members with Varying Levels of Health Literacy

AMIA 2013 Student Design Challenge: Reinventing Clinical Documentation

First Place
The Electronic In-patient Progress Note: Less is More
L. Colligan, C. Coleman, L. Dobry, S. James, K. McVey and S. Borowitz
University of Virginia

Second Place
The Structured Concept Medical Encounter
R. Atreya, P. Teixeira, M. Poku, W. Wen and M. Temple
Vanderbilt University, Harvard

Third Place
Probabilistically Populated Medical Record Templates: Reducing Clinical Documentation Time Using Patient Cooperation
T. Naumann, M. Ghassemi, A. Bodnari, and R. Joshi

Fourth Place
Clinical Documentation for Event Log Viewing: A Medical Record Design and Usage Proposal
E. Shenvi, J. Zhang and E. Levy
University of California, San Diego

Student Paper Competition

First Place
Crowdsourcing the Verification of Relationships in Biomedical Ontologies
J. Mortensen, M. Musen, N. Noy, Stanford University

Second Place
Inferring the Semantic Relationships of Words within an Ontology Using Random Indexing: Applications to Pharmacogenomics
B. Percha, R. Altman, Stanford University

Third Place
Semantic Annotation of Clinical Events for Generating a Problem List
D. Mowery, P. Jordan, J. Wiebe, H. Harkema, University of Pittsburgh; W. Chapman, University of California San Diego