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Research scientists representing Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI are joining – and in some cases leading – the global health conversation at the 17th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics (MedInfo).

MedInfo is the foremost international conference for the science and practice of biomedical informatics. Every two years, scientists, physicians, academicians, students, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and other professionals from around the world gather to share pioneering research and discuss leveraging information to improve human health. This year’s event is in Lyon, France Aug. 25-30. The topic is: “Health and Wellbeing: E-Networks for all.”

Regenstrief and IU researchers are presenting their work on topics including artificial intelligence, public health informatics, disease surveillance and more. They are also discussing opportunities for advancing the use of electronic health record data and opportunities for electronic care planning for chronic disease, as well as offering tutorials on public and population health informatics and LOINC®, a universal code developed at Regenstrief Institute that is used for health measurements in many countries and is necessary for the electronic exchange of health information.

“Regenstrief Institute has been a pioneer in the field of informatics for 50 years by innovating, testing, applying and driving healthcare IT advancement,” said Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., president and chief executive officer of Regenstrief Institute. “Healthcare information technology provides clinicians and other care providers with the tools to make treatment and delivery discoveries, to be more efficient and effective purveyors of personalized healthcare and vital contributors to the improvement of the health of entire populations.

“MedInfo is an incredible opportunity to share our expertise and connect with researchers from around the world who are also innovating within the health informatics space. This global exchange of ideas is vital to advance healthcare to the next level.”

The biennial conference is organized by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). The organization aims to promote informatics in healthcare, stimulate research and application and advance international cooperation and exchange of knowledge in informatics. This year, MedInfo is co-hosted by the French Association for the applications of medical informatics, “Association pour les Applications de l’Informatique en Médecine,” an IMIA member society.

Regenstrief participation


Challenges and opportunities in electronic care planning for chronic disease: The chronic kidney disease use case

Panelist: Theresa Cullen, M.D., M.S.

M.D. from University of Arizona College of Medicine; M.S. from University of Wisconsin; B.S. from Johnston College


The role of CIOs/CRIOs in advancing the use of EHR data for translational research, precision medicine and learning health systems

Chairman: Umberto Tachinardi, M.D., M.Sc.

M.D. from Itajubá School of Medicine, Brazil; M.Sc. State University of São Paulo.

Panelist: Peter Embí, M.D., M.S.

M.D. from University of South Florida; M.S. from Oregon Health and Science University; B.S. from University of Florida.



HIV case-based surveillance and aggregate data reporting: Demonstrating use cases for a national health information exchange (HIE) using information from patient-level systems

Authors: Theresa Cullen, M.D., M.S.; Burke Mamlin, M.D.


Integration of FHIR to facilitate electronic case reporting: results from a pilot study

Authors: Brian E Dixon, PhD, MPA; David E Taylor

Presenter: Dr. Dixon

PhD from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing; MPA from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs; B.A. from DePauw University.


Evaluating two approaches for parameterizing the Fellegi-Sunter patient matching algorithm to optimize accuracy

Authors: Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S.; Suranga Kasthurirathne, PhD; Huiping Xu, PhD; Na Bo, M.S.

Presenter Dr. Grannis

M.D. from Michigan State College of Human Medicine; M.S. from Indiana University; B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Generalization of machine learning approaches to identify notifiable diseases reported from a statewide health information exchange

Authors: Gregory Dexter; Suranga Kasthurirathne, PhD; Brian E Dixon, PhD, MPA; Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S.

Presenter: Gregory Dexter

Purdue University undergraduate student, Regenstrief summer scholar.


An adversarial approach to enable re-use of machine learning models and collaborative research efforts using synthetic unstructured free-text medical data

Suranga Kasthurirathne, PhD; Gregory Dexter; Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S.

Presenter: Dr. Kasthurirathne

PhD from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing; BEng from University of Westminster, UK.


Evaluating a dental diagnostic terminology subset

Heather Taylor MPH, LDH; Thankam Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD

Presenter: Heather Taylor

MPH from Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; B.S. from Indiana University School of Dentistry



Advancing the health and wellness for populations: A review of public health, population health, and global health informatics

Brian E Dixon, PhD, MPA; Suranga Kasthurirathne, PhD

Presenter and Chair: Dr. Dixon

PhD from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing; MPA from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs; B.A. from DePauw University.

Presenter: Dr. Kasthurirathne

PhD from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing; BEng from University of Westminster, UK.


Introduction to LOINC, the global vocabulary for tests, measurements, and observations in healthcare

Presenter and Chair: Daniel Vreeman, PT, DPT, MS

DPT from Duke University; M.S. from Indiana University; B.A. from Cornell University

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