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Highlights from the Spring 2018 Informatics Showcase, Part 2

Well, we're back after our brief (non-)commercial break! Are you ready to explore some more informatics projects with me? Then get ready as we dive back in with our bite-size summaries of the final three project presentations…and if you're a tad confused or joining us for the first time, check out Part 1 to get caught up!


Carlton Moore, MD, MS
Carlton Moore, MD, MS

In Identifying deep vein thrombosis cases using EMERSE, Carlton Moore, MD, MS, Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine, discussed a hospital quality improvement (QI) project using Electronic MEdical Record Search Engine (EMERSE), an informatics tool used to search free-text clinical notes, to identify cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Collectively DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism, or VTE.

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Highlights from the Spring 2018 Informatics Showcase, Part 1

I started in my role with the Communications Team here at NC TraCS with little to no understanding of 'Informatics' other than a vague association of the term with both information and technology. It would be stretching the truth to say that I understand 'Informatics' today, but I do have a better idea of what it is and what members of our NC TraCS Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) Team do than I did when I started in this role. At least that's my story…and I'm sticking to it!

A key reason for my increased understanding are the Informatics Showcases that our IDSci Team hold several times a year. These events highlight projects that benefit from the expertise of our IDSci Team or use informatics tools developed or deployed by our IDSci Team – providing the concrete examples that help me figure out a new subject or an unfamiliar topic.

Perhaps, like me, you've discovered that when learning about an unfamiliar subject it helps to delve into examples of that subject before exploring more abstract or conceptual materials. Or, maybe you're an informatics person, but you want to know more about our IDSci Team and how their work helps researchers conduct better research. Either way, I hope that you get something valuable from these bite-size summaries of the Spring 2018 Informatics Showcase presentations!

Without further ado, here are the first two projects summaries:

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