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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 7          February 15, 2011

Health Informatics: An Emerging Area of Study

There are few attention grabbers like a pledge of $19 billion, the amount included in the economic-stimulus package passed this year to computerize every American’s medical records by 2014. A share of this federal fund will go to colleges to train healthcare workers who will use the electronic databases. The digitization of medical information has spurred growth in data analytics and made The Chronicle of Higher Education identify Health Informatics as one of the five emerging areas of study.

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Electronic Mining of Published Research  Science Journal Cover

The journal Science publishes an important paper on harvesting vast amounts of metaknowledge written by Assistant Professor James Evans and postdoctoral scholar Jacob Foster, both of the University of Chicago. The perspective argues that electronically-mined research may lead to future scientific breakthroughs. The computational production and consumption of metaknowlege – the knowledge about knowledge itself – can uncover potential biases inherent in research, as well as information on the backgrounds and previous work of researchers in order to learn more about content, implications, and context.

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HIMSS11 - Healthcare IT Conference & Exhibition

HIMSS11 Conference BannerHIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share the mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems.

The 2011 HIMSS annual conference & exhibition will be held from February 20 to 24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Registration for HIMSS11 is now open. For more information click here.

Present Your Work at AMIA

Held each fall, the AMIA Annual Symposium is the world’s most comprehensive annual meeting on biomedical and health informatics. The Annual Symposium provides a wide range of formats for education and discussion. AMIA’s Annual Symposium flourishes as the premier educational forum in clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, and translational bioinformatics. It attracts an impressive network of informatics experts spanning the spectrum of informatics foundations and applications, and is composed of professionals and students from an array of occupational settings.

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This year’s annual symposium will be held in Washington, D.C. from October 22, 2011, to October 26, 2011. Don’t miss this great opportunity to present your work at the AMIA 2011 Annual Symposium. Call for proposals is open until March 17, 2011. For more information about the proposals click here.

SBMI Quote Contest

SBMI Quote Contest PosterWin prizes just for telling us on Facebook what you like about the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI): Prizes include gift cards, Wi-Fi detector t-shirts, Wi-Fi detector caps, and a binary code blanket.

Anyone is welcome to write comments on SBMI’s Facebook wall about what they like about SBMI, but only current SBMI students will be awarded prizes.
Please follow the rules below:

  1. All submissions must be posted on the SBMI Facebook page ( by 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011.
  2. Appropriate submissions only. All inappropriate content will be removed, and further actions will be taken as necessary.
  3. Quotes become the property of UTHealth and can be used in any type of publication.
Post as many times as you like, but please do not repost the same content.

Two SBMI Students Receive CPRIT-Funded Fellowships

Congratulations to Sharangdhar Phatak and Mary McGuire, who were among a total of seven predoctoral and five post doctoral fellows from UTHealth selected to receive fellowships funded by the prestigious Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The fellows were selected after completing a rigorous application process that included written essays, recommendation letters, and interviews. All of the fellows have research interests related to cancer research in a wide range of areas.

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