May JAMIA Journal Club Webinar

May 11, 2017
Free for AMIA members and students of Academic Forum member institutions; Others: $50
Neelkamal Soares, MD

Utilizing patient geographic information system data to plan telemedicine service locations

Neelkamal Soares will discuss this month's JAMIA Journal Club selection:

Soares N, Dewalle J, Marsh B. Utilizing patient geographic information system data to plan telemedicine service locations. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Mar 3. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx011.


Neelkamal Soares, MD
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Western Michigan University
Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Kalamazoo, MI

As a Fellowship-trained, Board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Dr. Soares has expertise and experience with children and adolescents with a broad spectrum of learning, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. He has been involved in the clinical care (diagnosis and treatment) of children with these conditions for over 17 years, and has practiced in academic and community settings. He has been primary investigator and co-investigator on numerous funded studies involving this population with funding from federal, private and international sources.  In particular, he has expertise in telehealth activities (both clinical and research) over eight years, and is author of the first published review of telehealth in his field as well as other peer-reviewed manuscripts on the subject.  He has been the medical director for a telehealth program of a large, regional integrated health system where he helped deploy numerous adult and pediatric specialties and forged new partnerships for innovative care delivery.


  • 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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JAMIA Journal Club managers are JAMIA Student Editorial Board members:

Daniel R. Schlegel, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at SUNY Oswego.

James Morrison, MD, Clinical Informatics Fellow, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 


The PubMed citation for the paper under discussion is:

Soares N, Dewalle J, Marsh B. Utilizing patient geographic information system data to plan telemedicine service locations. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Mar 3. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx011. 

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

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data are used to identify disease outbreaks, health trends, and inequities in exposure to potential health risks. However, research involving GIS data from EHRs has been limited, partly because of confidentiality concerns around the availability of granular patient-level visit data, and the ongoing challenge of transposing patient data into GISs.  Telemedicine can extend health services to rural and other underserved areas. It may also allow providers to become more efficient in their care by reducing the time spent driving to outlying clinic sites.  Secondary data extracted and analyzed from the mature EHR of an integrated health care system can yield patient spatial data, which, using GIS methods, can assist in deploying telemedicine and other health care location planning.  It is important for health care system planners to understand how GIS information from the EHR can be used to expand health access to underserved populations.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objective

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

  • Comprehend strategies to extract geospatial data from the electronic health record
  • Address confidentiality when dealing with PHI geospatial data
  • Recognize the role of an interprofessional team in analysis of geospatial data to create clinical delivery planning decisions


Neelkamal Soares, MD
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Western Michigan University
Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine 
Kalamazoo, MI

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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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 planners: Daniel R. Schlegel, James Morrison
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein
Faculty: Neelkamal Soares

JAMIA Journal Club planner Michael Chiang discloses the following relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that have occurred within the previous 12 months:
Grants/Research Support: Research to Prevent Blindness; National Institutes of Health
Other Financial or Material Support: Clarity Medical Systems (unpaid member of Scientific Advisory Board)
Consultant: Novartis

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