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Saif Khairat recently published, titled "Redesigning an Information System that Reduces Health Care Accessibility Effort and Increases User Acceptance and Satisfaction: A Comparative Effectiveness Study"

This new eGEMs paper tackles a critical issue in modern health care systems: namely, to determine if creating a user-centered health information system that is easy to utilize would lead to consumers who are more satisfied and more likely to accept the system. To understand if a system designed to decrease effort results in satisfaction, Dr. Saif Khairat and colleagues redesigned the system, deployed it for 3 months, and then compared consumer satisfaction results to a control group. For more information on their methods and results, please click here 

Kimberly Robasky recently won “Collaboration Component” for the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HubMAP) - Learn more

Zhaopeng Xing, CHIP Ph.D. Student will be presenting a poster at AMIA, titled "A Pilot Comparative Study of Health Information Seeking Performance and Mental Effort on Google Assistant versus Google Chrome"

Abstract: Intelligent conversational assistants have revolutionized human access to online information by enabling information seeking in a natural dialogue pattern. However, the health information search still remains under-tapped on ICAs. One of the major challenges is that health-related information search frequently demands iterative interaction, resulting in a laborious search process. In addition, speech recognition errors and topic familiarity were found to make voide-enabled search complex. Until now, few studies have empirically investigated how the use of voice-based interface affects users’ health information seeking performance (HISP) and users’ perceived mental efforts (PME). This pilot study attempts to analyze these challenges by examining the difference in users’ HISP and PME by comparing Google Assistant with Google Chrome in a factual, an exploratory, and a hybrid search task.


ENABLE Summer Boot Camp Student Recently Published at ABRCMS

Dara Bradley, a student of  NC A&T, attended the 2018 ENABLE HiDAV Summer Boot Camp. She did a research project in the summer boot camp, titled, "Socioeconomic and Demographic Effects on Influenza Rates in North Carolina ". Bradley's work was recently published at ABRCMS. 

Abstract: In 2017, North Carolina experienced one of the worst influenza seasons on record, with 12,396 citizens testing positive for the disease and 389 flu-related deaths. We predict that socioeconomic factors have a considerable effect on flu contraction and death rates in North Carolina. Understanding which areas are affected most by these societal factors would help with targeted and more effective drug delivery to prevent similarly devastating flu seasons. 

Event Announcement

UNC Digital Health Showcase, Thu, October 11, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT - Learn more

OPTUM webinar: Are we expecting too much from our EMRs? Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET, Register here

Digital Health Happy Hour: Driving Innovation to Impact, Wednesday, October 17th – Durham, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT - Learn more

Duke / UNC Health Informatics Seminar Series - Informatics Research Seminar: Comparative Analysis of Real vs Fake Health-related Information on Social Media- A Case Study of 2016 Zika Epidemic in Cyberspace, Wednesday, Oct 17th, and Upcoming Seminars - Learn more

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, October 22-23, Boston - Learn more, Register

Jupyter Day,  November 13, 2018 - Learn more

DHIT Summit, November 14th, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm - Learn more, Register

Student Opportunity


Telemedicine Evaluation Project, Research Supervisor: Saif KhairatLearn more

Senior Advisor I, Informatics & Technology Practice, Learn more

Analytic Consulting Internship Program, Learn more


Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity - Learn more

Student Funding - Carolina Internal Funding Database

Student Research Opportunities - Learn more

Community Collaborative Research Grant, proposals due now through November 20 - Learn more

MLA Scholarship for Minority Students, deadline December 1 - Learn more

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science - Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, applications due November 15 - Learn more

Community Engagement Fellowship, application deadline February 5. Learn more

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Seed Networks for the Human Cell Atlas, Read more
Sponsor: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Deadline: November 13, 2018

Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional), Read more
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Deadline: Nov 3, 2018 (LOI), Application due Dec 3, 2018

Technologies for Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42- Clinical Trial Optional), Read more
Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH/DHHS
Deadline: 09/01/18 (optional LOI), 10/01/18

High-Priority Areas for Research Leveraging EHR and Large-Scale Data (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed), Read more
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Deadline: November 21, February 5

New Informatics Tools and Methods to Enhance U.S. Cancer Surveillance Research (UG3/UH3)
Deadline: National Institutes of Health
Sponsor: November 30, April 19

Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Detection of Aggressive Cancer (U01). Read more
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Deadline: December 11

BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed), Read more 
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS
Deadline: 28-Aug-2018 [LOI/Pre-App][Optional], 27-Sep-2018; 05-Feb-2019 [LOI/Pre-App][Optional], 07-Mar-2019

Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management, Read more
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline: Nov 20, 2018

NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, Read more
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Deadline: February 5

Job Opportunities

Several part-time and full-time positions have been posted on the CHIP website

Biomedical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, Learn more

Clinical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications,  Learn more


Tenure-Track Investigator Recruitment in Data Science, Biomedical Informatics, and Computational Biology, Learn more

Tenure-Eligible Senior Investigator Recruitment in Data Science, Biomedical Informatics, and Computational Biology, Learn more

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