Health Systems Research Seminar Series

Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A Digital Health Eco-System for Chronic Healthcare: Providing Evidence-Informed Decision Support Services to Primary Care Physicians and Patients to Manage Atrial Fibrillation

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, PhD

Professor of Computer Science
Director of Health Informatics and NICHE Reseach Group
Dalhousie University 

Friday, February 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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About the Presentation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormality of cardiac rhythm. There is growing evidence advocating an integrated multi-disciplinary AF care approach that engages primary care physicians and patients to provide timely and accessible AF care in order to reduce the incidence of stroke and hospitalization. Digital health strategies and technologies provide interesting opportunities to develop such integrated chronic disease management programs. In this talk, we present an innovative digital health inspired eco-system (termed as IMPACT-AF) that aims to provide proactive and preventive AF management at the primary care and patient levels. The IMPACT-AF approach for providing timely and standardized AF management at the primary care level is to (i) persistently monitor the health status of AF patients, (ii) proactively alert primary care physicians about potential AF related adverse events to their patients, (iii) assist physicians to manage the noted AF related events through patient-specific recommendations based on Canadian AF clinical guidelines, and (iv) engage AF patients through personalized self-management and behavior modification strategies. The IMPACT-AF eco-system features an integration of innovative digital health systems, such as clinical guideline computerization framework, knowledge-based clinical decision support system, remote patient monitoring system; advance alert notification system, mobile patient diary, and health data analytics system. The IMPACT-AF eco-system is deployed within the province of Nova Scotia for primary care physicians. A longitudinal study involving around 200 physicians and 2000 AF patients is being conducted to measure the effectiveness and economic impact of the IMPACT-AF approach towards AF management.

This talk will discuss the R&D lifecycle of the IMPACT-AF eco-system in terms of its clinical functionalities, scientific questions addressed, multi-disciplinary team experiences, knowledge translation, system deployment challenges and a working demo of IMPACT-AF.  


About the Speaker

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi is Professor of Computer Science and Medicine (cross appointment), and Director of Health Informatics at the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University.

He leads the NICHE (kNowledge Intensive Computing for Healthcare Enterprises) research group that conducts research in the interdisciplinary area of health informatics, focusing on computerization of clinical guidelines and workflows, clinical decision support systems, personalized behavior modification strategies, knowledge translation and ‘big’ health data analytics. He has vast experience of developing and deploying digital health systems and health data analytics solutions using state-of-the-art computing technologies. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed research papers, supervised over 75 graduate students and has secured research grants totaling over $16 million from health organizations and industry within Canada and internationally.

He is the recipient of the International Award for Innovation in Medical Informatics, Research Excellence Award and five (5) best paper awards. As an internationally recognized health informatics expert, he led the design of the Malaysian Tele-Healthcare flagship project. He routinely leads and collaborates on national and international digital health projects, and his health informatics expertise has garnered considerable interest from national and international digital health organizations, health funding agencies and health policy forums. 


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