The Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI) is hosting its first Symposium, which will be held at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. This signature event will include a poster session from 5 - 6pm (by invitation only), followed by public presentations from 6 to 7:30pm by BCBI students, BCBI leadership, and a featured invited speaker, Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MACP, FACMI. Here is the abstract from Dr. Shortliffe's planned talk:
Enjoying the Journey while Pursuing the Goal
As is true with many scholarly disciplines, biomedical informatics has attracted people who are passionate about the field – its challenges, accomplishments, and future potential. Those who have devoted their careers to informatics quickly learn that they are as stimulated and engaged by what is happening in the present as they are in anticipating where the field will progress in the future. In this talk I will characterize informatics present as part of a continuum that had its beginnings a half century ago, captured the imagination of a generation of risk takers and pioneers who paved the way, is a vibrant and recognized discipline today in essentially all US academic medical centers, and will play an ever increasing role in both the delivery of care and the promotion of health. Its relevance to the education and careers of all health professionals will be stressed, even as we recognize that many of today’s informatics contributions are imperfect and help to define the next challenges for new knowledge development, research, and the implementation of future solutions.