O’Reilly Interviews CBMi’s Mike Italia About How Health Records Support Genetics Research at CHOP

In an interview with O’Reilly’s Andy Oram, Mike Italia describes how the CBMi informatics team derived structured data from electronic health record (EHR) forms developed by audiologists to support both research and clinical care.

He discusses the custom web interface that makes data available to researchers and the exciting potential of genomic sequencing to improve care. He also details tools used to collect and display data, many of which are open source.

Particular topics in this video include:

  • The relationship between clinical care and research at CHOP.
  • The value of research using clinical data.
  • The challenge of getting good data from health records.
  • Tools for capturing, exporting, and displaying data.
  • Making data useful to clinicians through a simple, modular web interface; tools used.
  • Size of the database and user cohort.
  • The ethical and technical issues of genome sequencing in medical treatment; benefits of sequencing.
  • “Pick out the signal from the noise”: integrating genetic information into the electronic health record and “actionable information”.

You can view the video here.


About Donna Vito

Outreach Manager, Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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