Building a Learning Health Care System: From Lab to Laptop

For the ICTS, Valentine’s Day was all about the love of informatics.

On February 14, the ICTS hosted their third annual Symposium and Poster Session held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The day-long event featured presentations, breakout discussions, and a poster session focused on the application of informatics tools and methods in a learning health care system.

Attendees enjoyed learning more about ICTS cores during the poster session.

The morning began with skills-focused workshops where participants could learn more about topics such as REDCap, MDClone synthetic data engine, and the secondary use of clinical data. Breakout sessions followed featuring how clinical research teams and informatics experts can work together. Participants chose from topics covering REDCap, Epic EHR custom content and research data brokerage services. A poster session wrapped up the morning agenda with posters showcasing the unique ways in which informatics tools advance research, academic training, clinical practice, and ultimately, patient health.

Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine, speaking on “Evolving from Precision Health to AI-Supported Care.”

The symposium continued with an afternoon plenary session featuring opening remarks from William Powderly, MD, Director of the ICTS. Powderly highlighted many of the top ICTS accomplishments within the past year, including announcement of the newly redesigned ICTS website. Philip Payne, PhD, FACMI, Director of the Institute for Informatics, WUSM and Paul Schoening, MS, MBA, Associate Dean and Director, Bernard Becker Medical Library, WUSM, followed with introductions of keynote speaker Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine for her presentation on “Evolving from Precision Health to AI-Supported Care.” The day-long event wrapped up with a series of Ignite-style presentations by ICTS investigators covering topics relevant to informatics.

The ICTS extends a sincere thank you to all the speakers, attendees, faculty and staff who helped to make the Symposium a success. Special thanks to Symposium co-sponsors including: Institute for Informatics, Institute for Public Health at Washington University, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (WUSM), and the Bernard Becker Medical Library.