Working Group

NI-WG: High-quality, Standard, Controlled Healthcare Terminologies Come of Age

Today, everything from automated health surveys to electronic health records makes use of some kind of controlled terminology to condense users' input into a set of symbols that can be recognized and manipulated.  However, any controlled terminology will necessarily lack the richness of detail available from the vocabulary of a natural language; the loss of this detail is one of the trade-offs for having data in a computable form.

NI-WG: Infographics for Cognitive Support in Latinos of Varying Levels of Health Literacy

Individuals with varying degrees of health literacy have different capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. Information graphics (infographics) can support human cognitive processing. The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview on the topic of infographics as a method for cognitive support for Latinos with varying levels of health literacy and describe our approach using examples from the Washington Heights/Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research project (R01HS019853) .

EVAL-WG: A Methodology for Clinical Team-led Design (CTLD) and an Evaluation by Comparing two ED Clinical Information Systems

One of the challenges of creating an efficient clinical information system is to ensure that it supports current workflow within the clinical specialty.  Large ERP solutions are suitable for standardizing work processes across a variety of clinical specialties or to deliver a single service across a whole hospital or hospital system.  Best-of-Breed systems while in principle should support local workflows don't always do so as they have their own in-built vendor preferences.  A new type of technology which enables the clinical team to design all aspects of their CIS solutions has been teste

PHI-WG: Data and Informatics Needs for Gun Violence Prevention Research

Gun violence is a serious public health issue affecting individuals, families and communities across the US, Gun violence prevention requires a multi-faceted research approach regarding the causes and prevention of gun violence as described in a recent Memorandum for the Secretary of Health and Human Services by President Barack Obama (January 16, 2013). The lack of high quality, timely and comprehensive local, state and national data is frequently mentioned as a key research challenge.

CDS-WG: eDecisions - an ONC-Sponsored Initiative to Enable Interoperable, Standards-Based Clinical Decision Support at Scale

Health eDecisions (HeD; is a public-private initiative sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to enable interoperable clinical decision support (CDS) at scale. The objective of HeD is to develop and validate standards to support (i) sharing knowledge artifacts for import into CDS systems and (ii) sharing patient-specific inferencing capabilities as software services.

PHI-WG: Immunization Decision Support

With reporting to Immunization Information Systems (IIS) from Electronic Health Records (EHRs) advancing, it is important to think about how information from EHRs and IIS can work together to provide the most effective immunization decision support.  Immunization decision support requires connection across many different systems in many different clinical and public health jurisdictions and represents a leading example of public health decision support in clinical settings.  This webinar will consider the kinds of immunization decision support rules needed, decision support use in EHRs and

NI-WG: TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Demonstration of the Virtual Learning Environment

In 2004, TIGER brought together stakeholders to develop a shared vision, strategies and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of Health Information Technology (HIT). TIGER utilized a collaborative workgroup approach to advance education on HIT topics. The TIGER Virtual Demonstration Collaborative workgroup studied the benefits and challenges of a virtual learning environment (VLE) to expedite innovation and adoption of HIT.


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