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Mar 1
Provost Notable Lecture: Information, The Life Blood of Population Health
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
241 Russell Hall – HSC

UGA College of Public Health
Health Informatics Institute
Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Information, The Life Blood of Population Health

William Tierney, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Population Health
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Join the UGA Health Informatics Institute and College of Public Health on Thurs. March 1, 2018 as guest speaker Dr. William Tierney discusses 40 years of innovation in health information science and its successes, failures, and opportunities for saving American medicine. Part of the Provost’s Notable Lecture Series.

Summary: Health is affected by actions of health care providers as well as other social, economic, and structural factors in the larger community in which one lives. One cannot overcome the barriers to health without sufficiently detailed information to identify them, develop and implement solutions, and assess their effects on life’s quality or duration. To date, most health-related information has come from electronic medical record systems and public health surveys that are difficult to access and use. However, the past 10-15 years has seen the emergence of effective health information exchanges and accessible demographic, social, and environment data. New approaches will facilitate the combining of these data into a broad health data ecosystem that will better serve innovator wishing to help people overcome the medical and social barriers to getting and staying healthy.

Bio: William Tierney, MD, is a general internist, medical informaticist, and inaugural Chair of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his department are playing a leading role in the Dell Medical School’s mission to help Austin, Texas become a model healthy city. Previously at the Regenstrief Institute, he helped develop, implement, and study one of the country’s first electronic health record systems and the country’s first, largest, and most comprehensive health information exchange. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Master of the American College of Physicians, and Fellow and President-elect of the American College of Medical Informatics. Read more here.

Everyone is welcome to attend!  Contact Andreas Handel (ahandel@uga.edu) with any questions.

FREE PARKING available in parking lot adjacent to Pound Hall on Foster Road off of Oglethorpe Avenue. Unfamiliar with the UGA Health Sciences Campus? Download a parking map here.