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November 4, 2022

Regenstrief researcher among 14 fellows to be inducted into American College of Medical Informatics

Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH

2022 class of new fellows represents 2 countries and 8 states

The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) announced that Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH, of Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health will be one of 14 fellows inducted into its ranks on November 6 in Washington, D.C., at ceremonies during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2022 Annual Symposium.

The induction class includes physicians, PhDs and other professionals from two countries, eight states and institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, University of Washington and Weill Cornell.

Dr. Vest is a health services researcher with an interest in the organizational determinants and effectiveness of health information technology and systems. His work with health information exchange has ranged from organizational adoption and strategy to impact on outcomes such as readmission rates, repeat imaging and costs. As a former local public health practitioner, Dr. Vest has a particular interest in effective public health information systems.

Dr. Vest and his colleagues developed Uppstroms, a social determinants of health algorithm that has been in use at nine clinics associated with Eskenazi Health, a safety net health system in Indianapolis. The algorithm identifies primary care patients with social risks such as behavioral health or struggles with food or housing. This allows clinicians to offer these patients referrals to specialized services such as a dietician, behavioral health or a social worker, with the goal of addressing the need before it turns into a crisis.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier medical informatics event, presenting leading-edge scientific research and more than 100 scientific sessions. The symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field – translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

The list of the 2022 ACMI inductees is:

Joshua R. Vest, PhD, MPH
In addition to being a research scientist with the Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics at Regenstrief Institute, Joshua R. Vest, PhD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Health Policy and a professor of health policy and management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.  

About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.

Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.

About the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Located on the IUPUI and Fort Wayne campuses, the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is committed to advancing the public’s health and well-being through education, innovation and leadership. The Fairbanks School of Public Health is known for its expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, cancer research, community health, environmental public health, global health, health policy and health services administration.

About ACMI
ACMI is an honorary College of elected Informatics Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers.

About AMIA
AMIA® (American Medical Informatics Association®) is a community committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. Over the last 35 years, the use of informatics has grown exponentially to improve health and to make better healthcare decisions. Today, informatics is the key to accelerating the current goals of healthcare reform. Every day millions of people benefit from informaticians’ ability to accelerate healthcare’s transformation by collecting, analyzing and applying data directly to care decisions. Data produced throughout health and healthcare is the driving force of informatics and its ability to innovate critical advancements that directly benefit people. AMIA’s members are critical to discovering these insights, which is why AMIA is committed to being the professional home for the informaticians of today and the driver of informatics’ future.

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