December JAMIA Journal Club Webinar

December 14, 2017
Free for AMIA members and students of Academic Forum member institutions; Others: $50
Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD

A technology-based patient and family engagement consult service for the pediatric hospital setting

Author Gretchen Purcell Jackson will discuss this month's JAMIA Journal Club selection:

Jackson GP, Robinson JR, Ingram E, et al. A technology-based patient and family engagement consult service for the pediatric hospital setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jul 22. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx067


Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Dr. Jackson’s research in biomedical informatics focuses on using communication technology to empower patients and families to take an active role in their health care. Her work has studied the usage of MyHealthAtVanderbilt, a web-based patient portal that allows patients and families seen at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to interact with the healthcare system. Her patient care emphasis is general pediatric surgery and laparoscopic surgery, with a strong interest in both fetal and neonatal surgical technique.

Dr. Jackson earned her PhD in medical information sciences, her MD, and her BA in electrical engineering and biological sciences from Stanford University.


  • 40-minute discussion between the authors and the JAMIA Student Editorial Board moderators including salient features of the published study and its potential impact on practice.
  • 20-minute discussion of questions submitted by listeners via the webinar tools.


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  • Participants also receive short feedback surveys to evaluate the JAMIA JC webinar.


JAMIA Journal Club managers are JAMIA Student Editorial Board members:

Lucy Lu Wang, PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

Raniah Aldekhyyel, Research Assistant, Department of Surgery, PhD Candidate,  Health Informatics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


The PubMed citation for the paper under discussion is:

Jackson GP, Robinson JR, Ingram E, et al. A technology-based patient and family engagement consult service for the pediatric hospital setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jul 22. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx067

Students who are not AMIA members, but whose academic institutions are members of the Academic Forum, are eligible for a complimentary JAMIA Journal Club registration. Please contact Susanne Arnold at for the discount code. In the email, please include: full name, Academic Department, and the primary Academic Forum representative of that Academic Department. Note that AMIA Student memberships are $50, which allow access to JAMIA, all JAMIA Journal Clubs, and other webinars of interest to the biomedical informatics community. 

Statement of Purpose

There is growing evidence that patients who take an active role in their health care have improved health outcomes, better understanding of care, and greater satisfaction with care, with decreased costs. In 2014, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (VCH) launched the Technology-Based Patient and Family Engagement Consult Service with the goal of encouraging patient and caregiver engagement through the use of health information technologies as well as traditional educational resources.

This consult service identified health-related needs of the families of hospitalized patients, recommended technology and educational interventions to address those needs, and delivered interventions during VCH admissions.

Patient engagement is a challenge in many clinical settings, whether that setting is pediatric or adult.  The VCH Engagement Consultation Service may serve as a useful model for eliciting and meeting consumer health-related needs and increase patient and caregiver engagement through the involvement of the entire health care team--including students, faculty, patients, and caregivers. In the VCH program, medical students had the opportunity to learn about social determinants of health and other barriers to patient engagement not typically addressed in formal education. Clinicians discovered unappreciated unmet information needs in their patients and families. Families learned of resources they could use during hospitalization and after discharge to better manage their children’s care.

In the December JAMIA Journal Club, lead author Jackson discusses how the VCH consult service offers a potentially generalizable and scalable framework for promoting patient engagement by addressing previously unidentified health-related needs using a variety of health information technology platforms and applications.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.

Learning Objectives

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Enumerate a variety of consumer health-related needs of the caregivers of hospitalized children
  • Describe how such health-related needs can be met through technology and educational interventions
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of implementing a technology-based patient and family engagement consult service in the inpatient setting


Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Criteria for Successful Completion

Completion of this live activity is demonstrated by:

  • Viewing the live webinar
  • Optional submission of questions via webinar feature; option to follow @AMIAinformatics and tweet via #JAMIAJC
  • Completion of the evaluation survey emailed at the webinar's conclusion, and 
  • Verification of attendance through the participant's electronic report through the individual login to AMIA Central at 

The physician participant will be able to generate a CME certificate through the AMIA automated system. 
For a certificate of completion, contact

Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

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The ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Faculty and planners who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from participating in the CME activity. For an individual with no relevant financial relationship(s), the participants must be informed that no conflicts of interest or financial relationship(s) exist.

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Disclosures for this Activity

These faculty, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: 

JAMIA Journal Club Faculty: Gretchen Purcell Jackson
JAMIA Journal Club planners: Raniah Aldekhyyel, Lucy Lu Wang
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein

The following provide their disclosures of relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that have occurred within the previous 12 months:

JAMIA Student Editorial Board Advisor Michael Chiang:

 Grants/Research Support: NIH, NSF
Consultant: Novartis; Clarity Medical Systems (unpaid member of Scientific Advisory Board)

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