Texas Health Informatics Alliance launched, registration opens for first conference: Newsroom





DALLAS – June 28, 2021 – The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center (UTHealth) and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ( UTSW) are pleased to announce the formation of the Texas Health Informatics Alliance (THIA) and is planning its first Texas Health Informatics Alliance Conference, which will be held virtually on September 9.

THIA aims to build IT connections across Texas through partnerships in research, data, policy, education, standards, and workforce development.

THIA is a collective that aims to make IT connections across Texas through partnerships in the areas of research, data, policy, education, standards, and workforce development.

“THIA will give IT professionals in Texas the opportunity to collaborate, communicate and network. Data, knowledge and IT will enable us to become more productive and succeed in improving health care outcomes for Texans, ”says Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, Director of the Clinical Informatics Center at UT Southwestern, Professor of Population and Data Sciences and Member of THIA conference planning committee.

THIA invites researchers, developers, healthcare professionals, information management professionals, data and information scientists, students, and anyone interested in healthcare IT to join ours.

Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, Director of the Clinical Informatics Center at UT Southwestern, Professor of Population and Data Sciences

The THIA conference will provide an opportunity to share, collaborate and showcase the incredible work in healthcare informatics and feature presentations and speakers from across Texas. The theme will be “All In: Computer lessons from the pandemic to reinvent healthcare.

This virtual conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 9. Free registration is available through THIA 2021 website.

“During the pIn recent years, healthcare informatics has evolved from a siled disciplinary interest to a multidisciplinary one, encompassing all disciplines related to the health of the consumer, provider, payer and the healthcare industry. We must now focus on the development and dissemination of knowledge in this new era of interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is of great importance ”, says Marion J. Ball, Ed.D., professor and director general of the Multi-professional health informatics center at UTA and member of the conference planning committee.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers, a panel presentation, four plenary sessions and four student presentations. The main speakers are Peter J. Hotez, MD, Ph.D., Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Nora Belcher, executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization that advocates the use of information technology to improve the health care system.

The panelists for the afternoon session are:

  • Katherine lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA, Senior Director of Strategic Relations for Texas Health Services Authority.
  • Dean F. Sittig, Ph.D., professor in the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth.
  • William M. Tierney, MD, professor of population health, internal medicine and oncology at Dell Medical School, UT Austin.
  • Ferdinand Velasco, MD, FHIMSS, Senior Vice President / Chief Health Information Officer, Texas Health Resources.

“We hope that the THIA and our first conference will contribute to a greater use of informatics in healthcare in our region, as well as to promote research and education in the field,” said Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics at UTA. “By joining THIA and attending the annual conference, you will be able to collaborate and connect with the Texas health informatics community to improve health care and meet our state’s current and future IT needs. health. ”

THIA invites researchers, developers, healthcare professionals, information management professionals, data and information scientists, and students to submit abstracts for presentations describing the use of data and information technology to combat pandemic epidemics in the community, hospitals, practices and academic medical centers. . The conference will focus on COVID-19, but contributions addressing other epidemics (e.g. Zika, MERS, SARS, tuberculosis, West Nile) are also welcome. Details of the abstract submission are available on our website.

Susan H. Fenton, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Dean at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and member of the conference planning committee, says: “The effective use of data and information to support health has never been also important. This new IT alliance promotes collaboration, innovation and better health in the state of Texas and beyond. “

For more information on THIA, visit:

THIA 2021 – Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics (uta.edu)

Founders

Marion J. Ball, Ed.D., FLHIMSS, FCHIME, FAAN, FACMI
Presidential Distinguished Professor and Executive Director, Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics, UTA

Susan H. Fenton, Ph.D., RHIA, FAHIMA
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic and Curricular Affairs, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FAAP, FACMI, FIAHSI
Willis C. Maddrey, MD Emeritus Professor of Clinical Sciences
Director, Center for Clinical Informatics, UT Southwestern

Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Ph.D., MSc, FHIMSS, SNAI
Professor and Co-Director, Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics, UTA



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