We are excited to announce the three keynote speakers for ITCH 2017:
Friday, February 17 (James Coward Keynote Lecture)
Dr. Lehmann is Professor for Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University where he directs the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program. He conceived and launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. In 2009, he co-edited Pediatric Informatics, the first textbook on this subject.
Dr. Lehmann served on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2008 to 2013 and served two terms as the organizations secretary. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Medical Informatics, in 2014 he was elected to the American Pediatric Society, and in 2012 he became a Vice Presidents of the International Medical Informatics Association in charge of the IMIA Yearbook. In 2015, he became President-Elect of the International Medical Informatics Association.
In 2010, Dr. Lehmann was appointed Medical Director of the Child Health Informatics Center for the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was involved in developing the Model Pediatric EHR Format. Dr. Lehmann serves on the federal Health IT Policy Committee and as the chair of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Subcommittee for Clinical Informatics.
Saturday, February 18 (Steven Huesing Keynote Lecture)
Elaine Huesing, BCom, CMA
Elaine is a 30+-year veteran in the healthcare industry, serving as an executive advocate, lobbyist, and marketing expert to stakeholders around the world. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA); the Executive Director of ITAC Health and a Vice President of ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), and is the Owner, Editor, and Publisher of Healthcare Computing & Communications Canada Inc., Canada’s preeminent health IT journal.
Among other successes, Elaine has led the marketing efforts of private organizations, organized and managed events such as the annual COACH and bi-annual MEDINFO conferences, co-created the Canadian Health Informatics Technology Trade Association (CHITTA; now ITAC Health), the Alberta Network for Health
Information eXchange (ANHIX) and the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA).
As IMIA’s CEO, Elaine leads the efforts of academic institutions spanning the globe to harmonize their educational programs for both present and future informaticians in the healthcare industry. As the lead for ITAC Health, Elaine helps members navigate the ICT challenges and opportunities of the health sector both nationally and globally.
Sunday, February 19 (Denis Protti Keynote Lecture)
Fernando Martin-Sanchez, PhD, FACMI
Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez received his BSc/MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), in Spain. He then received his MSc degree in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD in Informatics from Technical University of Madrid (UPM). After a postdoctoral stay at the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering between Emory University Hospital and Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, USA, he returned to Madrid and entered Spain’s National Institute of Health ‘Carlos III’ (ISCIII). He was first CIO of the Institute and then became the Founding Director of its Medical Bioinformatics Dept. (BIOTIC). In 2010 he received his PhD in Medicine from the University of A Coruna (Spain). As of February 2011 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne’s Medical School, in Australia. In May 2013 he became the inaugural Director of the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC). In December 2015 he has started a new academic role with Weill Cornell Medicine (Cornell University) in New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI).
Having served as Vice-President of IMIA from 2007 to 2013 and Co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee for MEDINFO 2015, he continues to be involved with IMIA as current Chair of its Big Data Mining and Analytics Working Group. Prof. Martin-Sanchez is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare and has co-authored more than 180 publications. His research has been funded by the European Commission, and agencies from Spain, Australia and the USA. His most recent research focuses on the application of informatics methods in Participatory Health and Precision Medicine.