Semester comes to an end: Commencement 2018

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Another Spring semester comes to an end. Three students from our lab graduated with Master's degrees in Information Systems: Aparna Hemchandra, Vivek Parganiha, and Pratik Tamakuwala.


Consumer and nursing health informatics

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Speaker: Eun-Shim Nahm, Professor, UMSON
Date: Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: ITE 459

Eun-Shim Nahm PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the use of technology-based interventions to …Read more »

Health Information Exchange Supporting Process and Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Speaker: Craig Behm, Director, Audacious Inquiry
Date: Thursday, Apr 19, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: ITE 459

Craig Behm is a Director at Audacious Inquiry, a health information software, strategy, and services company in Baltimore, Maryland. He …Read more »

Long-Term and Post Acute Care

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Speaker: Alex Bardakh
Date: Thursday, Apr 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: ITE 459

Alex Bardakh, the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, will talk about the …Read more »


Research Talk - Advancing Big Neuroimaging Data Analysis for Precision Diagnostics

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Speaker: Aristeidis Sotiras
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: Modern neurotechnologies produce massive, complex imaging data from multiple …Read more »

Research Talk - Deep Learning Models for Healthcare

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018

Speaker: Sanjay Purushotham
Date: Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: ITE 459

Abstract Exponential growth in Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) has resulted in new opportunities for discovery of meaningful data-driven …Read more »

Distinguished Speaker George Demiris visits UMBC

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 10 am
Location: ITE 459

Title: Participatory Design in Gerontology: Creating Tools for Older Adults and their Families

Abstract: …Read more »

H3IT 2018 Submissions Open

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 We are excited to announce that the 5th Annual International Conference on Home Healthcare and Hospice Information Technology will be held in Grapevine, Texas as a preconference to the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. The conference information can be found at

Research Talk - Design of Technologies for Distributed Healthcare Work Systems

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Speaker: Yushi Yang
Date: Thursday, Feb 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: Modern day healthcare work systems are highly distributed. For example, …Read more »

Research Talk - Using Personal Informatics Data in Collaboration with People with Different Expertise

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Speaker: Christina Chung
Date: Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: Smartphones and wearable devices enable people to keep more detailed data about their …Read more »

Research Talk - Complex Models to Understand Complex Health Decisions

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Speaker: Rahmatollah Beheshti
Date: Tuesday, Feb 13, 2013
Time: 10 am
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: Most of the health conditions are directly or indirectly resulted from humans' …Read more »

Health Informatics - I starts

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018


Another Spring semester, another great Health Informatics course.. This is an overview course for the fundamental and recurring themes in Biomedical Informatics. It is one of the area courses for Health IT in the PhD program, and it is a required course for the Health IT certificate. This is my sixth time teaching the course which I revised and restarted teaching in the department in 2012 after a long dormant period. I am very impressed with the strong group of students from various areas on campus such as health administration and policy, computer science, psychology, and, of course, information systems. Among them, there are those who …Read more »

IS 804 starts

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018


I welcome the new cohort of PhD students to the IS 804 which is one of the three methodology courses in our PhD program. Simply put, IS 804 teaches students how to make sense of countable data and learn from it. As years go by, it is noticeable how the topic itself is becoming increasingly important to healthcare and other application domains. Another noticeable trend is the expansion in the adoption of R as a statistical environment in different industries. It seems like my PhD advisor chose his tool correctly (S-Plus) which was the reason I started using R back in 2000 because it was free and open source. Any way, after reminding …Read more »


HAPP interns join the Health IT Lab

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018

We are glad to welcome the undergraduate students from the Health Administration and Policy Program: Nour Aboumatar, Min Cho, Joseph Portugal. Health IT lab has been committed to involving undergraduate students in research by offering research practicums. These selected students will spend a semester in the lab working on interesting projects and interacting with our MSc and PhD students on almost daily basis in addition to attending health IT presentations in the department. Welcome and much success.

Health IT Lab welcomes Swati Verma

Posted on Sunday, February 4, 2018 Swati Verma is our new member. Welcome Swati. She joins us from the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at UMBC. Good luck in your research!

Article published in the Journal of Home Health Care Research and Practice


Our paper titled

Facilitating Focused Process Improvement Efforts in Home Health Agencies to Improve Utilization Outcomes Effectively and Efficiently

has been published by the Journal of Home Health Care Research and Practice. Congratulations to our student authors. The URL is as follows:

Abstract …Read more »



Health IT Lab members attend the Fall graduation ceremonies

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

No graduates from the lab this time. However, we enjoyed attending the commencement. Here is a picture with half of the lab after the commencement reception in the department under the Department of Information Systems. Hopefully, I won't be the only one with the cap and gown next time.. We should see our lab members graduating soon! commencement-fall-2018.jpg

From left to right Pratik, Yili, Dr. Koru, Aparna, Vivek.

Aparna Hemchandra joins the Health IT Lab

Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017

Aparna Hemchandra joins the Health IT lab to participate in research projects. Aparna is a masters student in the Department of Information Systems who demonstrated an exceptional performance in the IS 777 Data Analytics course taught by Dr. Koru. Wishing Aparna much success in her position.


Poster presented at the MNCHA conference

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

Posters presented AMIA conference

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our group presented two posters at the Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Conference, one about data quality and another about cybersecurity.

H3IT 2017 held with great success in Georgetown, Washington - D.C.

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017

Home Healthcare and Hospice Information Technology Conference, H3IT 2017, was held in Georgetown, Washington - D.C. From keynotes to panel discussions to podium presentations, the quality of content was impressive. At the end of the conference, the participants left with new insights and perspectives to meet in 2018 again.

Dr. Koru joins the Editorial Board of JAMDA

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Dr. Koru joins the Scientific Program Committee of AMIA

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017


Audience Choice Award for poster in SINI 2017

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017





Home Healthcare and Hospice Information Technology (H3IT) Conference

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

H3IT 2016 is organizing its third annual international conference for all stakeholders interested in leveraging health information technology (HIT) in home and hospice care. The event will be held in Chicago, IL on Nov 11, 2016 and will be chaired by Dr.Gunes Koru.

H3IT conference provides a forum where evidence-based research findings, information, and tools are communicated to achieve better health outcomes, quality of care, utilization of and access to care, and reduced care costs in home and hospice care settings. It's interdisciplinary and applied elements make the conference highly relevant to the patients, providers, payers, vendors, and …Read more »


Presentation in MNCHA 2016 Annual Conference

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saiadithya Cumbulam, Setareh Salimi, and Dr. Gunes Koru presented a poster titled "A Methodology for Determining Financial Feasibility of Health IT Solutions in the Future of Home Care" and also delivered an interactive presentation on "Automated Fraud Detection for Medicaid-Reimbursed Home Care Claims".



SINI 2016 Nursing Informatics Research Poster Award Winner

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Dr. Gunes Koru and Dr. Dari AlHuwail won the 2016 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Research Poster Award for their poster presented titled "Identifying Home Care Clinicians Information Needs to Achieve Better Care Coordination in Fall Risk Management".



Started Research Projects at Health IT Lab

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Dr. Koru has received funding and started research projects at the Health IT Lab at UMBC. The research projects focus on (i) supporting the enhancement and evolution of data governance infrastructures used in health services for achieving the triple aims, better care, reduced costs, and better health , through leveraging data analytics, (ii) establishing continuous quality improvement practices for software and healthcare-administration systems, (iii) and on investigating the challenges and opportunities to improve the in-home healthcare support and administration systems and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse.

The three-year funding from the State of Maryland has been …Read more »


Home Health IT Summit 2016

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 11 AM – 4 PM
Empowering Engagement in the Digital Age
Organized by the Health IT Lab at UMBC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Information Technology and Engineering Building (ITE) Room 456
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Home care clinicians, executives, administrators, and information technology professionals are invited to participate in meaningful discussions about how health information technology can be used to achieve better levels of engagement with …Read more »

Dari Alhuwail wins the Audience Choice Award in IS poster competition

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016


The Information Systems Department at UMBC has awarded Dari Alhuwail, a PhD graduate of the Health IT Lab, with the "Audience Choice Award" for his poster entitled "A Qualitative Case Study Investigating How Health IT Solutions Responds to Home Care Clinicans' Information Needs for Fall-Risk Management". The Annual IS Student Research Poster Contest encourages students to submit posters based on their research.

Nursing Informatics Research Award

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016

The 2016 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) has selected Dari Alhuwail and Dr. Koru's abstract titled "Identifying Home Care Clinicians' Information Needs to Achieve Better Care Coordination in Fall Risk Management" for a podium presentation. This abstract has also been selected to receive the Nursing Informatics Research Award.

SINI is a highly established nursing informatics conference with an extensive history that is well known globally. The conference will be held in Baltimore, MD from July 20 to July 22nd. Further conference details can be found at Join us on Wednesday, July 20th from 3:15-4:15 PM for our presentation. …Read more »

Outstanding Nursing Informatics Practice Poster Award

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016

The 2016 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) has selected Uche Uchidiuno, Gunes Koru ,Pooja Parameshwarappa, and Dari Alhuwail's abstract titled "Leveraging Data Analytics to Investigate the Relationship Between Patient Demographic and Falls in Home Care" for a poster presentation on July 21, 2016. This abstract will receive the Outstanding Poster Award in the category of Nursing Informatics Practice.

SINI is a highly established nursing informatics conference with an extensive history that is well known globally. The conference will be held in Baltimore, MD from July 20 to July 22nd. Further conference details can be found at Join us on Thursday, July 21st …Read more »

Congratulations to Dr. Alhuwail!

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016

Figure 17: Dr. Alhuwail and his Dissertation Committee Members: From left to right, Drs. Anthony F. Norcio, Mary Stuart, Güneş Koru, Dari Alhuwail, Dongsong Zhang, and Lina Zhou

It is a great pleasure to announce that Dari Alhuwail has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Dr. Alhuwail studied how home health agencies can use health IT to achieve their performance improvement targets. Starting from Fall 2016 semester, he will be conducting research and teaching at the Kuwait University as an assistant professor. Congratulations to Dr. Alhuwail and his family for the very successful completion of this important milestone in his scientific career!


Journal paper accepted by Home Health Care Management and Practice

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016


Mr. Alhuwail and I had another paper accepted by the Home Health Care Management and Practice journal. This paper is from Mr. Alhuwail's doctoral study leading up to the dissertation defense on April 4th. The paper reports what was learned about the clinicians' perspectives about using various health IT solutions for fall-risk management in home care. As the elderly population and home care utilization increases, the use of health IT by home care clinicians' becomes critical.


Journal paper accepted: Information Needs for Managing Fall Risks

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016


We are pleased to announce that our paper about identifying home care clinicians' information needs for fall-risk management was accepted by the Applied Clinical Informatics Journal. This journal is an official journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The authors are Alhuwail and Koru. Congratulations to Mr. Alhuwail on his first third journal paper and first first-author journal paper. He will be defending his PhD dissertation on April 4, 2016.



Journal paper published: Home Care Performance Improvement

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015


A recent paper about the key performance improvement domains in home care has just been published by SAGE Open Medicine. The paper is available from here. The work is the result of a collaboration between UMBC and VNA Health Group. The authors are Koru, AlHuwail, and Rosati. We do hope that the findings will help the US home health agencies in their quality assessment and performance improvement programs.


Dr. O'Kane's talk on m-Health adoption

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

This health-IT related talk should also be of broad interest:

Adopting and Use of Mobile Health and Wellbeing Technologies in the Wild

Dr. Aisling O’Kane
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University College London Interaction Centre
University College London

Monday December 7th 3:00PM Room: ITE 459

Adults with Type 1 Diabetes have choices regarding the technology they use to …Read more »


Journal paper accepted by JAMDA

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015


We are happy to announce that one of our recent papers about leveraging health IT in home care was accepted by the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Note that the impact factor of this prestigious journal is 4.939. The authors are in the following order Koru, AlHuwail, Topaz, Norcio, and Mills. The work was funded by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, and the paper is a result of the …Read more »

Presentation and Panel Participation in WHITE 2015 Workshop

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015

Dr. Koru presented our research in advanced data analytics at the WHITE 2015 workshop and participated in a panel discussion. The authors of the study include our PhD student Pooja Parameshwarappa and Dari Alhuwail.

IBM visits UMBC and our PhD student Dari Alhuwail presents Home Care Data Analytics

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM's Senior Vice President of research and solutions, visited UMBC on Tuesday, October 6. There was a poster session on the third floor of the ITE building. Dari Alhuwail, a PhD candidate, from the health IT lab presented our research on predicting quality in home health care. We look forward to an increasing partnership and collaboration between UMBC and IBM.

Our group presents Home Care Quality Poster at the AHRQ Conference

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality had a really wonderful meeting where many grantees reported their research results. This annual meeting was discontinued in 2013 and 2014 and it is great to see that it is back. Right after the AHRQ conference, there was a PCORI meeting and a joint plenary session. It seems like PCORI and AHRQ collaboration will be really beneficial for seeing the dissemination and implementation of the results from the PCORI funded projects in the first half of 2010s. We presented a poster about performance improvement in home care which received quite a lot of interest. Already looking forward to AHRQ 2016! …Read more »

Data Analytics for Improving the Utilization Outcomes for Home Health Agencies

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Location Health IT Lab, ITE 446
Speaker Dr. Koru
Date Oct 2, 2015
Time 10:15 am

Come and learn about our recent research on how to utilize disparate large data sources to draw conclusions about improving home care outcomes. Everyone is welcome.


Performance Improvement Domains for Home Health Agencies

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

Location Health IT Lab, ITE 446
Speaker Dr. Koru
Date Sep 25, 2015
Time 10:15 am

Today, in our lab meeting, we talk about our recent findings about the areas for performance improvement for Home Health Agencies in the US. All are welcome to attend.

Health IT lab presents research findings at MNCHA 2015

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015


MNCHA 2015 conference took place today at the PIER 5 hotel in Baltimore MD. This hotel is right at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore with beautiful views. Mr. AlHuwail and Dr. Koru attended the conference. Health IT Lab at …Read more »

H3IT Conference Announces its Program; Our submissions got accepted!

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

H3IT 2015 conference which will be held at the Vanderbilt University on Oct 27, 2015 announced its program. It seems like many opinion leaders in health IT adoption in home care and hospice are coming together. We look forward to the opportunity for the exchange of ideas. And, of course, we are pleased that two of our submissions were accepted for a podium presentation, and one for a poster presentation.

Our WHITE workshop submission gets accepted!

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

We are pleased to hear that a paper we submitted to WHITE 2015, The 6th Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE 2015), was accepted. The authors are are Koru, Parameshwarappa, and AlHuwail. The paper talks about leveraging data analytics to improve home care processes and utilization outcomes. Happy to hear the news and we look forward to the conference. We also express our gratitude to WHITE 2015 leadership. They built a strong scientific community since their first meeting in 2010.

MITRE visits UMBC: Health IT Lab presented two posters

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It was a pleasure seeing the MITRE leadership on campus. Our lab presented two posters during this visit: One analyzing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to predict utilization outcomes; and the other about achieving cybersecurity in multi-institutional healthcare environments. We look forward to seeing tighter cooperation and collaboration between our two institutions.


Dr. Koru receives leadership award in Nursing Informatics

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SINI 2015 conference presented a leadership award to Dr. Gunes Koru for his contributions to the nursing informatics education and research.

We receive outstanding research award in Nursing Informatics Conference

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

SINI 2015 conference presented the authors, Koru, AlHuwail, and Aifan an outstanding research award for their poster at the conference.


White House Announces the Precision Medicine Initiative

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

Figure 26: Precision Medicine Announcement at Harvard

This is really exciting news! We all noticed the phrase "Precision Medicine" used in the President's State of the Union address. Today, Obama was introduced by a student from the Harvard University to announce the initiative (Photo: Reuters). You can find more information here:

A Coalition of Professional Organizations Write a Letter to Express Concerns about the Certification Methods for Electronic Health Records

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

Figure 27: Letter to ONC

In this unusually direct letter addressed to Karen B. DeSalvo of the Office of the National Coordinatior for Health IT, a coalition of professional organizations express an urgent need to change the current mechanisms in place for the certification of the Electronic Health Records (EHR).



H3IT 2014 - Home Healthcare and Hospice Information Technology Conference Concludes with Great Success

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014

Figure 28: H3IT Community

H3IT conference brought the thought leaders of health IT in home healthcare and hospice together in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 2014. The photos from the Home Healthcare and Hospice Information Technology conference can be found here.


Dr. Bing Liu - Distinguished Lecture Series

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014

Figure 29: Dr. Bing Liu visits UMBC

Speaker: Dr. Bing Liu
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Date/Time: October 20, 2014 12:00PM-1:00PM
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: Opinion mining (OM) or sentiment analysis is the computational study of people's opinions, sentiments, and emotions expressed in written language. It is one of the most active research areas in natural language processing (NLP) and text mining due to almost unlimited …Read more »

Data Science Platforms: Integral to Help Drive Molecularly Targeted Therapy Development and Personalized Medicine Research

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014

Figure 30: Dr. Subha Madhavan visits UMBC

Speaker: Dr. Subha Madhavan,
Director, Biomedical Informatics,
Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics,
Georgetown University, Washington D.C
Date/Time: October 17, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: ITE 459

Abstract: The advent of the microarray technology in 2000 has paved the way for advanced translational research methods that use molecular …Read more »

Dr. Koru teaching IS 461/661 Health Informatics - II in Spring 2015

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Figure 31: Shortliffe-Cimino Textbook

Second in the series, IS 461/661 focuses on applications

IS 461/661 Health Informatics - II will introduce the senior and graduate students to the applications of biomedical informatics. The students will learn about electronic health records, health information infrastructure, management of information in healthcare organizations, patient centered care systems, public health informatics, and telehealth along with other important application areas. The information provided in this course is crucial for students who may want to participate in …Read more »


Health IT Lab presented at the MNCHA 2014 annual meeting

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Figure 32: Conversations at the Health IT Lab's display table in MNCHA 2014

Dari AlHuwail and Dr. Gunes Koru presented a poster and delivered an interactive presentation on findings from a recent qualitative research study on the Quality of Care in Home Health context.

Mr. Azari passes PhD proposal exam

Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014

Figure 33: Dr. Koru and Mr. Azari talking about research

Congratulations to Ali! He passed his PhD proposal exam and he is now a PhD Candidate.

Dari AlHuwail passes PhD proposal exam

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Figure 34: Mr. Alhuwail in his proposal defense

Congratulations to Dari! He passed his PhD proposal exam in the area of Health Informatics and is now a PhD Candidate


Designing for Understanding: Helping Older Adults Understand Over-the-Counter Medication Information

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014

Figure 35: Aquesha Martin, now a postdoc at UMBC

Speaker: Aqueasha Marie Martin, School of Computing, Clemson University

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:00 am

Hosted by Amy Hurst

Location: ITE 404, Department of Information Systems, UMBC

Abstract: Each year, thousands die or are injured due to adverse drug events due to medication. Technology such as health records and other consumer-based health applications have been shown to be beneficial for helping individuals manage their health. Despite this growing body of …Read more »


Dr. Koru teaching IS 460/660 Health Informatics - I in Fall 2014

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Figure 36: Textbook for IS460/660

Dr. Koru will be teaching IS 460/600 Health Informatics - I in Fall 2014. The course is a regular face-to-face on campus course scheduled for Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:00 pm.

As the healthcare industry is going through major transitions and changes, health information systems and technology gain a major renewed focus. While it is widely believed that supporting the complex US health ecosystem will be very difficult without health IT, leveraging the existing and emerging health information technologies remain an …Read more »


Open House for the Health IT masters' degree

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Figure 37: Dr. Koru speaking at the Open House for Health IT

Prospective students for UMBC's MPS in Health IT program attended the Open House on Apr 23, 2014 organized on the South Campus. Dr Koru, the founding graduate program director (GPD), gave information about the need for health IT professionals in the Baltimore-Washington area and the nature of the health IT program bringing people, organizational, and technology aspects of health IT together to boost professionals' capacity to leverage health IT in the delivery of quality healthcare. Dr. Koru designed the curriculum and course structure for this innovative program, he also applied for the approval of the courses in this …Read more »

Translational Bioinformatics Approaches to Evaluate and Implement Genomic Medicine Programs

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

Figure 38: Casey is an assistant professor at UMD

Dr. Casey Overby, Assistant Professor Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine University of Maryland - Baltimore

1:00pm Friday, 25 April 2014, ITE 325b, UMBC

Abstract: There is a growing evidence base to support the use of many genomic applications in healthcare. There are, however, several barriers to healthcare providers making use of genomic data and information on a routine basis. This talk will describe some of the challenges and successes with implementing genomic medicine programs within the Program for Personalized and Genomic …Read more »

Health IT Lab Students win the poster competition in the IS Poster Day @ UMBC

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014

Figure 39: Dari and Ahmad poster competition winners

Our PhD students Ahmad Alaiad and Dari AlHuwail presented their work at the Poster Contest organized by the Information Systems Department at UMBC. The committee selected both students for the #1 place in the poster competition.

Discovery and Innovation: UMB's Commitment to Health Informatics and Bioimaging

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014

Figure 40: UMB, strategic planning, and Discovery and Innovation

The symposium "Discovery and Innovation: UMB's Commitment to Health Informatics and Bioimaging" will update the research and practice community on gains made in university health informatics, both here at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and other national exemplars.

  • Time: May 5, 2014, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, 621 West Lombard Street Room 349

Speakers Include …Read more »

UMBC Offers Health Information Technology Master's Starting Fall 2014

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014

Press release…

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is accepting applications for its new Health Information Technology Master's Program, offered beginning fall 2014.

As technology infiltrates the healthcare industry, the health IT field continues to grow at a rapid pace. The industry presents significant career potential, with postings for health care informatics jobs rising 53% between 2007 and 2012.

Given its large population and dynamic healthcare environment, the Baltimore-Washington area is poised for significant continued growth in the health IT field. UMBC, located just outside of Baltimore, offers a convenient …Read more »

Home Health IT Summit 2014

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Figure 41: Home Health IT Summit Bringing the HHA Community in Maryland Together at UMBC

The Home Health IT Summit 2014 will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, in ITE 456, which is on the fourth floor of the ITE (Information Technology and Engineering) building at UMBC. The summit brings together the movers and shakers of information technology in the home healthcare industry in Maryland. The attendees will discuss the current status and future of health IT in Home Health Agencies. Lunch, coffee, and pastries will be served.

Directions, maps, and parking information


Health IT and Advanced Analytical Models

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

Figure 42: Jesus Caban speaking at UMBC IS Department

Jesus Caban

Monday March 10, 2014 at 11:50 am

Presentation in Room ITE 459

ABSTRACT: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is an invisible injury that is poorly understood and its sequelae can be difficult to accurately diagnose.Patients who have been screened positive for mTBI are at an increased risk of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), headaches, sleep disorders, concentration difficulties, and other …Read more »


User-Experience Driven Mobile Health Applications and Services

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Figure 43: Dr. Wac speaking on Mobile Health Apps and Services

By Ms. Katarzyna Wac

Abstract Increasingly, we use mobile applications and services in our daily life activities, to support our needs for information, communication, leisure, or even health and care needs. However, user acceptance of a mobile application depends on at least two conditions: the application's perceived experience, and the appropriateness of the application to the user's context and needs. However, we have a weak understanding of a mobile user's quality of experience (QoE) and the …Read more »

Geometric Modeling and Visualization for Science

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Figure 44: Liz Marai at UMBC

Liz Marai

Abstract: The incredible array of measurement technologies available to the scientific community is changing fundamentally our understanding of physical and biological processes. However, scientific data acquisition marks only the first step. To turn numbers into insight, computer graphics and visualization help us model complex systems, make predictions about their behavior, and finally harness the immense power of the human visual perception system to make insights into complex …Read more »

Mr. Alaiad becomes a phd candidate

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014

Figure 45: Mr. Alaiad defends his proposal successfully

Congratulations to Ahmad! He has passed his proposal exam and formally become a PhD candidate. A brief summary of Ahmad's PhD research topic is as follows:

Healthcare is one of the largest growing burdens for the US economy. Effective and efficient home healthcare can help control healthcare costs and improve healthcare quality and increase patient independence. In the future, it will be almost unimaginable to consider home healthcare without the emerging home healthcare information technology …Read more »


Informatics for Population Health

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

By Taxiarchis Botsis, Jan 28, 2014, Tuesday, 10 am, ITE 459, Department of Information Systems, UMBC

This presentation will describe the contribution of Informatics to the promotion of population health and the corresponding use of various methods for getting the most from BIG DATA. The presentation will begin with a short discussion on the disease surveillance for high risk populations using diabetics as a prototype and the nuances of handling large Electronic Health Record data. Then, the talk will focus on the post marketing safety surveillance and, particularly, the extraction of key features from spontaneous reports, the use of case classification …Read more »



Learning Narrative Structure from Annotated Stories

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013


By Mark Finlayson

Narrative structure is an ubiquitous and intriguing phenomenon. By virtue of this structure humans are able to perform high-level processing of stories necessary for deep understanding; for example, we recognize the presence of 'villainy' or 'revenge', even if those words are not actually present in the text. Narrative structure is an anvil for forging new artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, and is a window into abstraction and conceptual learning as well as into culture and its influence on cognition. I will discuss various …Read more »

Improving the Reliability and Quality of Electronic Health Record Systems

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Figure 47: Yan Xiao visits UMBC

Yan Xiao, PhD Wednesday, November 20th noon in ITE 459

Electronic health record (EHR) is an integral part of work in growing number of healthcare organizations. Quality of care received by patients and quality of working life of frontline professionals are increasingly tied to EHR. This presentation will share the experience of improving EHR usability in an integrated healthcare delivery organization, the largest in Texas.

Usability as experienced by frontline clinicians is an evolving property …Read more »

A Systematic Review of the Decision Making Challenges in Home Health Care

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Figure 48: MS Student presenting research

Kabir Goyal, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Date/Time: Friday 8 Nov 2013, 2:30 pm Location: ITE 406, UMBC

Abstract: The presentation shall start by giving a brief introduction about the researcher, what Home Healthcare is, Home Health Agencies, and the professionals who are involved in Home Health care. After that, the presenter will speak about the study plan and its components. The search keywords used in the systematic review will be discussed. Various papers which have been read and which may form an integral part of the final …Read more »


Development and Testing of a Social Networking Site (SNS)-Based Obesity Prevention Program for Korean American Adolescents

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013

Figure 49: Ms. Park revisiting UMBC

Bu Kyung Park, MSN, RN PhD Student Nursing Informatics School of Nursing University of Maryland

Date/Time: Friday, November 1, 12 pm Location: ITE 456, UMBC

Abstract: In this presentation, Ms. Park will introduce her dissertation project entitled "Healthy Teens," which is supported by the Sigma Theta Tau International, Pi Chapter.

The prevalence of adolescent obesity has more than tripled during the past three decades. Adolescent obesity increases risk for a number of …Read more »


Dari AlHuwail passes comps

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013

Figure 50: Health IT Student passes his comps

Congratulations to Dari! He passed his PhD comprehensive exam in the area of Health Informatics.

Dr. Koru receives a research grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Güneş Koru receives a research grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to investigate effective and efficient Health IT adoption in Home Health Care.

Higher quality of care, improved health outcomes, and reduced costs become important targets in home health care due its necessity and importance. Successful and effective adoption of health information technology (IT) by Home Health Agencies (HHAs) is a critical tool for achieving those targets. However, currently, the level of health IT adoption is limited in HHAs for various reasons including the issues with eligibility to receive incentives for electronic health records …Read more »


Adventures in Health Informatics: Real-world Experience in Improving Healthcare Access, Quality, and Value Using Health IT

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Figure 51: Dr. Daviss shares experiences

Steve Daviss, MD, DFAPA Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 16, 7:10 pm Location: ITE 456, UMBC

Abstract: Guest lecturer Steven Daviss MD, clinical assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, will discuss his experience in using HIT in his practice as the Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland's Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Dr Daviss will share the many hats he wears as he navigates the HIT …Read more »


Nursing Informatics and Consumer Health Informatics

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Figure 52: Nursing Professor Nahm talks about consumer health informatics

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor, OSAH Program Director, Nursing Informatics School of Nursing University of Maryland

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 7:10 pm Location: ITE 456, UMBC

Abstract: The aim of the presentation is two-fold. In the first part, the domain of nursing informatics within health care informatics will be introduced. The unique roles and practices of informatics nurse specialists will be discussed within the framework of the recent national health information technology initiatives. In the second part, …Read more »


Connecting People, Compressing Time and Creating Opportunities: The Promise of Mobile Health

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013

Figure 53: Global Health Professor Labrique speaks at UMBC

Alain B. Labrique, PhD, MHS, MS, MACE Director, Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative

  • Assistant Professor, Department of International Health/Epidemiology (jt) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Department of Community-Public Health Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (jt)
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Bangladesh, Ltd
  • Visiting Professor, Xiamen University, Fujian, China …Read more »



HIV online information and services targeting African-American females

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012

Figure 54: Dr. Payton visiting UMBC

Fay Cobb Payton, PhD. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Date/Time: Friday, December 7, 2012 10 am Location: ITE 459, UMBC

HIV online information and services targeting African American females are of particular interest given the impact of this infectious disease in this underserved community. That is, data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention show that African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. …Read more »


AEGIS: Healthcare IT and Interoperability

Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012

Figure 55: Mr. Hyland on Interoperability

By Mario Hyland

Senior Vice President,


Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:10 pm Location: ITE 459, UMBC

AEGIS.Net Inc. is a CMMI and ISO rated consulting firm with a focus on Healthcare IT and interoperability, defining interoperability standards, procedures, and helping to ensure quality of care given to patients. Their clients include the VA with the VLER initiative, Office of the …Read more »


Maryland Health Information Exchange

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

By Angela Plunkett and Scott Afzal

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 2012 7:10 pm Location: ITE 459, UMBC

Health Information Exchange (HIE) involves the secure electronic sharing of clinical and administrative information among disparate health information systems for clinical care, process improvement/simplification, research, and reporting. Widespread adoption of HIE has the potential to create efficiencies in the health care delivery system by reducing duplicate medical tests and improving care coordination among health providers, leading to better health outcomes for patients and public health. …Read more »


Distinguished Lecture by Charles P. Friedman: Learning Health System

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Figure 56: Learning Health System leader visiting UMBC

October 19, 2012 at 11 am in ITE 456

Presented by the Department of Information Systems, UMBC



It is widely recognized that the nation requires a Learning Health System (LHS) to provide higher quality, safer, and more affordable health care. An LHS is one that can routinely and securely aggregate data from disparate sources, convert the data to knowledge, and …Read more »


Mr. Haslbeck graduates

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2012

Figure 57: Mr. Haslbeck now has a masters degree

Kirk Haslbeck successfully defended his thesis. Kirk developed an approach and implemented a tool to measure patients' risk for successful re-identification in the re-identification attacks under various data publishing scenarios by using the Census 2010 data. Congratulations to Kirk and his family!


Mr. Katukuri wins a poster award

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012

Figure 58: Congrats Mr. Katukuri

Mr. Katukuri received a runner up award with his poster presentation in the Poster day organized by the Information Systems Department at UMBC. Mr. Katukuri presented a methodology designed by Güneş Koru for one of the upcoming projects. Congratulations to Mr. Katukuri!

Mr. Azari wins the poster day

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012


Mr. Ali Azari received the winner award with his poster presentation on Length of stay Prediction for the Hospitalized Patients in the Poster day organized by the Information Systems Department at UMBC. This is from an independent study research conducted in the Spring 2012.

Congratulations to Mr. Azari!!


In Spring 2013, Dr. Koru teaches the IS 461/661 Healthcare Informatics

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012

IS 461/661 continues to introduce the major areas of Health IT outlined below. It will also include a number of guest speakers who will be chosen from the prominent leaders of the Health IT community in the Baltimore-Washington area. The three major course objectives are that the students will:

  • Develop a broad knowledge of Health IT
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities associated with adopting and meaningfully using Health Information Technology
  • Establish familiarity with the related literature, terminology, and concepts which will enable them to communicate with the other Health IT …Read more »


Dr. Koru will be teaching the IS 460/660 Healthcare Informatics - I in Fall 2012

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012

IS 460/660 Healthcare Informatics is related to an area which is becoming more and more important every day. Why is it so? According to the data presented by CMS, Since 2004, the National Health Expenditures (NHE) increased from 1,855.4 Billion Dollars (B), which was the 15.6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to 2,702 B in 2011 (17.3% of GDP). NHE in 2019 is projected to be 13,382 B (19.3%). Although the estimates beyond 2019 are not published, it can be easily argued that if NHE increases at the same rate, given the crucial nature of health care, there will be considerably less resources left for other areas important to our society in the future decades.

In this large picture, there has been a bi-partisan support for [[][Health …Read more »

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