Nico Bruining, PhD
Thoraxcenter, Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Kate Eddens, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, USA
Dr. Eddens’ research agenda focuses on increasing the reach and effectiveness of health communication strategies to connect underserved populations to cancer prevention and control services and solutions by utilizing social network analysis, word- of-mouth communication and marketing, unique social service channels, and innovative technology. She is currently developing tablet-based network data collection and visualization software that optimizes opportunities for technology to transcend issues of literacy by adapting to the user and facilitating important network connections.
Dr. Eddens’ primary focus is in using egocentric social support and communication networks to understand how to reach people with effective information and persuade them to participate in cancer screening and prevention services. She is currently developing technology to facilitate this research and has found that showing people their social support and health communication networks has a powerful impact on how they perceive the amount of support they have in their lives. She is working towards building this as a clinical tool that can help guide the provision of social support services and resources throughout the cancer survivorship continuum as well. Other general areas of focus include social network analysis, technology development, using unique channels such as social services to reach people with cancer prevention and control information, health literacy, disparity and underserved populations, and health communication.
Andre Kushniruk, BA, PhD
School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada
Andre Kushniruk’s research focuses on usability of health care information systems and technologies, methodologies, usability testing, technology-induced errors, HCI models, frameworks, and theories.
Andre Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction and usability engineering in health care. His work is known internationally and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. He focuses on developing new methods for the evaluation of information technology and studying human-computer interaction in health care.
Christian Lovis MD, MPH, FACMI
Professor and Chairman, Division of Medical Information Sciences, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland
Christian Lovis’ work is mostly driven by using digitalization of data, information, and knowledge. His team’s research focuses on three major fields: (1) clinical information systems: design and architecture, sustainability, and impacts; (2) data and knowledge-driven science: natural language processing, knowledge representation, semantics and interoperability, context awareness, advanced analytics, predictive, and decision support; and (3) human factors: advanced interactions, augmented reality, conversational, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and ergonomics. Christian’s own research is led by the desire to use medical information sciences to improve health, well-being, and knowledge in life sciences, with an MD thesis centered on natural language processing and large datasets to support physician’s work. This is a theme that he has continued all through his career, to the big data and artificial intelligence era, to address the challenge of real-time usable integration of multisource, multimodal data with persistent semantics.
Christian Lovis is a Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. He is a medical doctor board certified in Internal Medicine with emphasis on Emergency Medicine and holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Washington, WA. In parallel to medicine, he studied Medical Informatics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof Jean-Raoul Scherrer. Christian developed and deployed the clinical information system at the university hospitals of Geneva, a consortium of all public in- and out-patient facilities of Geneva State, Switzerland. Christian is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field of Medical Informatics. He has occupied several positions in Medical Informatics organizations, such Chair of the IMIA WG on Health Information Systems (HIS), President of the Swiss Medical Informatics, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of HIMSS. Christian is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. He has been heavily involved in the development and enforcement of the Swiss Federal Law for the Shared Patient Record.
John F Pearson, MD
Attending Anesthesiologist, Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School
Caroline R Richardson, MD
Associate Chair of Research, Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine
Co-Director, University of Michigan National Clinical Scholars Program
Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Richardson is a physical activity and diabetes prevention researcher who emphasizes the importance of using low-cost and scalable approaches to promoting physical activity. She develops and tests behavioral internet-mediated interventions to increase physical activity, decrease weight, and prevent diabetes. Focusing on components of web-based interventions that are interactive and individually tailored, Dr. Richardson builds interventions that are more than just static informational websites. They incorporate objective monitoring of physical activity, individually tailored feedback and motivational messaging, and online social support to motivate and engage users. Automated, gradually incrementing and individually tailored step-count goals are assigned to participants based on program progress as they build up their endurance. Dr. Richardson was the Director of the Veterans Administration Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative (QUERI) and conducted a multi-site implementation study of the Diabetes Prevention Program for veterans.
Dr. Richardson current serves as Associate Chair for Research Programs in the Department of Family Medicine. She currently serves as a member of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation's Institute Leadership Team (ILT). In addition, she leads education and scholarship initiatives as Chair of the IHPI education committee and co-director of the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP).
Travis Sanchez, PhD, MPH
Rollins School of Public Health, USA
Travis Sanchez's research interests include: disease surveillance evaluation, HIV/AIDS prevention, infectious disease, public health practice and sexual health/behavior
Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.
Mobile and Connected Health Program, University of Southern California, USA
(USC) Center for Economic and Social Research, USA
Keck School of Medicine, USA
John Torous, MD
Harvard Medical School, USA
John Torous, MD, is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He serves as editor-in-chief for of JMIR Mental Health, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee. He is an assistant editor for The Harvard Review of Psychiatry and section editor for The Asian Journal of Psychiatry as well as Psychiatric Times.
Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Hugh Roy Cullen Professor, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX, USA
Director, Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA
Wang's research uses mobile and connected technology to support seniors aging in place and to optimize behavioral lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes in type 2 diabetes and obesity, especially among the underserved communities. Through interprofessional collaborations, her research also spans patient safety, usability evaluation on electronic health record systems, and health promotion in Mexican-American and Asian-American populations.
Aging in place, mobile health, connected health, telehealth, diabetes education, lifestyle interventions, living lab, self-regulation, behavior change, usability evaluation, clinical decision support, interprofessional education, patient-generated health data, patient reported outcomes.
Susan Woods, MD, MPH
President, Society for Participatory Medicine
Sue has broad healthcare experience spanning private and public sectors. Board certified in general internal medicine and health informatics. Sue is a design thinker who is passionate about effective health care communication, clinician-patient partnership and using innovative digital tools that improve care and the patient experience. She served as Director of Patient Experience for the Connected Care Office at the Veterans Health Administration, developing web and mobile apps for patients and clinicians and leading a national effort on patient generated data. Sue received her MD at Oregon Health Sciences University and public health degree at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on consumer use of health technology, health information transparency and promoting virtual care delivery. She has served on Boards at the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Participatory Medicine. Sue promotes participatory care and services that engage people and families in their health and their health care. As the founder of HiTech HiTouch, LLC, she advocates for full patient access to health records (OpenNotes), telehealth and eHealth adoption, universal broadband access and digital inclusion.