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Regenstrief scientists present on global stage at MedInfo 2023

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Regenstrief Institute professionals will join presenters from 35 countries at the MedInfo 2023 conference, July 8-12 in Sydney, Australia.

The biennial conference, organized by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), aims to promote informatics in healthcare, stimulate research and application and advance international cooperation and exchange of knowledge in informatics. The meeting attracts professionals from government, technology, research, healthcare, consulting and education. More than 3,000 participants are expected at this year’s conference.

Regenstrief presenters will cover topics including information and knowledge management, health data science and artificial intelligence and global health informatics. An overview of LOINC®, the international standard for identifying health measurements, observations and documents, developed at Regenstrief Institute, will be presented, highlighting the collaborative efforts LOINC has contributed to solving many critical healthcare data exchange challenges.

Regenstrief research scientists and staff who are participating are:

Brian DixonBrian E. Dixon, PhD, MPA, interim director, Regenstrief Institute Center for Biomedical Informatics; director, public health informatics, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health; professor, Department of Epidemiology, Fairbanks School of Public Health.

  • Workshop: “Building a global public health informatics workforce,” July 8.
  • Presentation: “Interoperability in the wild: Comparison of real-world electronic C-CDA documents from two sources,” July 11.

Thankam Thyvalikakath, DMD, PhDThankam Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD, director, Dental Informatics Program, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry; professor and associate dean, Office of Dental Informatics and Digital Health, IU School of Dentistry.

  • Presentation: “Rule-based text classification of dental diagnosis,” July 10.
  • Presentation: “Feasibility of utilizing electronic dental record data and periodontitis case definition to automate diagnosis,” July 11.

Eza HafezaEza Hafeza, M.D., director, terminology services and operations, LOINC® and Health Data Standards, Regenstrief Institute.

  • Closing Plenary Panel: “Interoperability is a team sport,” July 12.

The theme of MedInfo 2023 is “The future is accessible,” which will aim to inspire conversation and implement action to collectively build a health sector that is accessible, where data is not locked in silos and where both clinicians and consumers can work together to build digitally enabled healthier lives.

MedInfo was established in 1974. The conference is a prestigious international event that brings together thousands of digital health leaders and practitioners to the forefront of healthcare and is considered a landmark event on the global calendar.

About LOINC®
LOINC® was created in 1994 at Regenstrief Institute to facilitate interoperability in healthcare. There was a growing trend to send clinical data electronically between healthcare entities, a practice that has now become ubiquitous. Today, it contains almost 95,000 terms for everything from a serum alpha 1 antitrypsin level to a zygomatic arch X-ray report. For each concept, LOINC contains many other rich details, such as synonyms, units of measure, and carefully crafted descriptions.

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.

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