Foundation Medicine



IO Informatics

Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS)

Keynote Speaker - Dr.  Edward H. Shortliffe

Clinical Professor and Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost
Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University
Scholar in Residence, New York Academy of Medicine
New York, United States

Presentation Title: 
The Amplification of Informatics Challenges in the Era of Genomic Medicine

Presentation (pdf)

Abstract:  Although research in biomedical informatics has addressed issues in clinical medicine and public health for 50 years, with a resulting health information technology industry that today is burgeoning, many of the systems, methodologies, and processes are facing new challenges in the era of genomic medicine.  These new issues must be addressed through the evolution of entrenched systems (e.g., electronic health records), decision-support capabilities (e.g., guidance in the use and interpretation of genetic testing), interoperability and unification of systems (e.g., data integration not only among populations of patients but between clinical and genomic datasets), data policies (e.g., mandates regarding patient data confidentiality), and data analytic methods (e.g., methods for managing much greater volumes and complexity of data relevant to clinical care and public health).  This talk will review some of these issues in the context of the evolution of the field of biomedical informatics and its relationship to translational bioinformatics, "big data", and the future of patient care and public health.

Biography:  Edward H. Shortliffe is a Scholar in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. He also holds academic positions as an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and a Clinical Professor and Senior Advisor for Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Previously he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association (2009-2012).  He has also held academic appointments were at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston (2009-2011), the University of Arizona (2007-2009), Columbia University (2000-2007), and Stanford University (1979-2000).  Both a computer scientist and a physician, Dr. Shortliffe is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He has also been elected to fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.  A Master of the American College of Physicians, he received the ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1976.  Currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and a well-known textbook on Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Shortliffe has authored over 300 articles and books in the fields of biomedical computing and artificial intelligence.