Building Connections Between Computation and Health: Medical Informatics
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 1:15PM - 2:15PM
Medical informatics is a rapidly growing field at the nexus of computer science, engineering, health/medicine, social sciences, and multiple other fields. Research environments for people involved in medical informatics span homes and community settings, clinics and hospitals, and basic biological discovery. Research topics for medical informatics range from data analytics applied to complex electronic health record data sets, user-centered design of health management mobile apps intended for use at home, implementation and evaluation of artificial intelligence (AI) for identifying best options in cancer treatment, and many other areas. The opportunities for getting involved in medical informatics are practically limitless. However, like many other science- and technology-focused fields, medical informatics struggles with issues related to diversity and inclusion. While the underlying causes of these issues are difficult to diagnose, one current area of emphasis is on expanding public awareness of and knowledge about medical informatics. The goal of the panel is to provide audience members with an overview of the medical informatics field, review educational and career pathways in the field, and provide personal experiences of the panelists in their career paths within medical informatics.
Kim Unertl, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center