HOP Faculty Showcase OneFlorida, New BMI Degree Programs at AMIA

From left to right: François Modave, Ph.D., Yi Guo, Ph.D., Amanda Hicks, Ph.D., Sandra Salloum, Katie Blackburn, TaJuana Chisholm
From left: Francois Modave, Ph.D., Jiang Bian, Ph.D., Amanda Hicks, Ph.D., Sandra Salloum, M.Ed., Katie Blackburn, TaJuana Chisholm, and William Hogan, M.D., M.S.

Several faculty and staff from the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy attended the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Chicago from Nov. 12-16. In addition, William Hogan, M.D., M.S., and François Modave, Ph.D., who both hold faculty appointments in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, presented learning showcases at the conference.

Hogan, who is also professor and director of Biomedical Informatics at the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, gave a learning showcase about the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, focusing on the structure of the research network and database, as well as research opportunities within the consortium. The OneFlorida Data Trust, which serves as the statewide data repository for the consortium partners, currently includes the de-identified medical data of more than 10.2 million Floridians across the state. The OneFlorida Data Trust enables researchers nationwide to conduct studies using this data to identify trends and procedures that improve individuals’ health.

Modave, an associate professor in the department whose areas of expertise include biomedical informatics and medical decision-making processes, presented a second showcase on the department’s biomedical informatics programs, including a new Ph.D. degree program in medical sciences with a concentration in biomedical informatics. The multidisciplinary program incorporates courses in health outcomes, computer science, biostatistics and philosophy from across the UF campus to equip students with the advanced concepts they need for academic and research careers in the growing field of biomedical informatics. To learn more about the department’s BMI programs, click here.

Hogan, whose learning showcase on the One Florida Clinical Research Consortium attracted a standing-room-only crowd, said, “The number of people who attended this presentation was a reminder of the growing role of biomedical data science and informatics in health care research and the need for degree programs in biomedical informatics like the one we now offer in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy.”