Biomedical informatics students win national student design competition

November 20, 2015

AMIA student winnersFor the second year, a team of clinical informatics students from the biomedical informatics graduate program in the OHSU School of Medicine has won the 2015 student design challenge of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The winner was announced on Nov. 18, 2015, at the AMIA Annual Symposium held in San Francisco, Calif.

Two teams of students in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) biomedical informatics program made it to the "final four" in the competition, which had the theme, The Human Side of Big Data – Facilitating Human-Data Interaction

The team that took first place presented "Learning from the Data: Exploring a Hepatocellular Carcinoma Registry Using Visual Analytics to Improve Multidisciplinary Clinical Decision-Making." Team members (pictured, left to right)  include: 

  • Deborah Woodcock, MBA
  • Kate Fultz Hollis, M.S.
  • Gene Ren
  • Michelle Hribar, Ph.D.
  • L. Nelson Sanchez-Pinto, M.D.

The second student team from OHSU, which took honorable mention (fourth place), was comprised of bioinformatics students:
  • Ashley Choi
  • Benjamin Cordier
  • Prerna Das, Ph.D. 
  • Jason Li, M.S. 

They presented "Take a Breather: Empowering Adherence and Patient Centered Research through Interactive Data Visualization, Social Engagement and Gamification in Patients with Sleep Apnea." Both teams presented posters at the AMIA Symposium and, as finalists, gave oral presentations as well. 

In 2014, the one student team that entered the student design challenge took first place with its prototype of a mobile app that captures children's drawing and accompanying narratives to better facilitate child-provider communication. Fultz Hollis, Dr. Hribar and Woodcock were on both the 2014 and 2015 teams that took first place.

Dr. Hribar was funded by a training grant to OHSU from the National Library of Medicine.

Photo courtesy of AMIA
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