We are honored to announce our keynote speaker list for ICHI 2018.

Rema Padman, PhD
Rema Padman, PhD (June 5th)

Rema Padman is Professor of Management Science and Healthcare Informatics in the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is also Thrust Leader of Healthcare Informatics Research at iLab and Research Area Director for Operations and Informatics at the Center for Health Analytics at the Heinz College, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, PhD in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin and National Library of Medicine Senior Fellowship in Applied Informatics from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Padman’s current research investigates healthcare analytics and operations, data-driven decision support, and process modeling and risk analysis, in the context of clinical (using Electronic Health Records) and consumer-facing information technology interventions in healthcare delivery and management, such as e-health, m-health, chronic and infectious disease management, and workflow analysis. She has developed, applied, and evaluated models and methods drawn from optimization, machine learning, statistics and behavioral science for designing and investigating these IT interventions in the inpatient, ambulatory, and consumer self-health management settings. She has published extensively, served on editorial boards of major academic journals in Operations Research and Information Systems, and has been funded by the US Veterans Administration, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, among others. She has received several Best Paper and Best Poster awards at conferences, the IBM Faculty Award, and CMU Teaching Excellence awards, including the 2017 Martcia Wade Teaching Award at the Heinz College. She has been a visiting professor at universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Israel and India, and a keynote speaker at several conferences, including the First International Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Women in Computing. She was recently recognized as one of the top 110 women in MedTech by Becker's Hospital Review.

Dr. Padman has served on proposal review panels for US and international funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Association for Advancement of Science in the US, the Medical Research Council in the UK, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She has advised healthcare informatics projects for organizations such as IBM Research, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte Consulting, Central Blood Bank, Veterans Administration Health System, GlaxoSmithKline, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Ernst & Young, Wounded Warrior Project, and major Pittsburgh hospitals. She is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, Association for Computing Machinery, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Association for Information Systems, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

George Hripcsak, MD, MS
George Hripcsak, MD, MS (June 6th)

George Hripcsak, MD, MS, is Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor and Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and Director of Medical Informatics Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus. He is a board-certified internist with degrees in chemistry, medicine, and biostatistics. Dr. Hripcsak’s current research focus is on the clinical information stored in electronic health records and on the development of next-generation health record systems. Using nonlinear time series analysis, machine learning, knowledge engineering, and natural language processing, he is developing the methods necessary to support clinical research and patient safety initiatives. He leads the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) coordinating center; OHDSI is an international network with 180 researchers and 600 million patient records. For his work in precision medicine, he serves as a PI on Columbia’s eMERGE grant, as a PI on Columbia’s regional recruitment center for the All of Us precision medicine program, and as site PI for Columbia’s role on the All of Us Data and Research Center. He co-chaired the Meaningful Use Workgroup of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology; it defines the criteria by which health care providers collect incentives for using electronic health records. He led the effort to create the Arden Syntax, a language for representing health knowledge that has become a national standard. Dr. Hripcsak is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine, and he chaired the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee. He has published over 350 papers.

Rema Padman, PhD
Paul Tang, MD, MS (June 7th)

Paul Tang, MD, MS, is Vice President, Chief Health Transformation Officer at IBM Watson Health, and a board-certified practicing internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Prior to joining Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, directing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health.

Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and has served on numerous NAM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.

Dr. Tang was co-chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy committee from 2009-2017. He has served as board chair for several health informatics professional associations, including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Tang serves on the Board of AcademyHealth. He is a recipient of the AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics. He has published numerous papers in medical informatics, especially related to electronic health records, personal health records, health care quality, and public policy. Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.

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