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Office of the Director

The Office of the Director (OD) provides overall planning, direction, coordination, and evaluation of Lister Hill Center biomedical research and development initiatives and programs. The OD senior management team plays an active role in shaping the Lister Hill Center's research agenda and provides leadership in disseminating information to the scientific and health care communities and the lay public.

An important aspect of the Lister Hill Center's success has been the incorporation of an external Board of Scientific Counselors. The Board of Scientific Counselors, composed of experts in biomedical informatics, medical sciences, and information sciences, meets biannually to review the Center's research priorities.

Additionally, the OD supports and conducts meetings, workshops, and other similar activities essential to the effective coordination and exchange of biomedical information.


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    The goal of this project is to develop a tool that can generate data entry forms dynamically based on specifications stored in a database. The development platform is Ruby on Rails, an open-source web application framework. Developers are using this tool in the data capture function of personal health records. They are also using several terminology resources from the UMLS (e.g. RxNORM, ICD9-CM) in data entry fields that require a set of controlled terms. Further development will involve work with very large databases of de-identified patient data.

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    Provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the VRDC now carries 17 years of Parts A and B claims data including diagnoses, proce

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    LHC-Forms is a web widget that renders input forms based on JSON form definitions.

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    Oral history is a method for documenting history in a vivid way by recording the voices of those who have experienced it. “Memory is the core of oral history, from which meaning can be extracted and preserved.”

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    Newborn screening (NBS) in the United States is a complex public health program. The goals of NBS are to identify infants who appear healthy but have serious conditions, begin treatment before they suffer significant disability or death, and in doing so decrease the burden of disease on society.

  • LHNCBC, in cooperation with Regenstrief Institute, obtained and analyzed statistical data from many health care organizations to identify the most frequent subset that organizations could target for mapping. It obtained frequency distribution for three years of laboratory tests sources, including from Partners of Boston and the Indiana Network for Patient Care (an HIE), and United Healthcare, all of whom had mapped the test results to LOINC. The sample size of the combined sources was 490 million test results.