Monday, July 22, 2019

The latest issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ) focuses on how technology and big data can impact healthcare in North Carolina. The issue was co-edited by Dr. Michael Thompson, associate chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences, and Dr. Michael Dulin, director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation.

“We were fortunate to include many colleagues and community partners as authors in this issue, to highlight our region's big data strengths, and to give the issue a decidedly Charlotte flavor,” said Thompson.

The intersection of technology and health is an important area in health care, and a strength at UNC Charlotte. The Data Science Initiative brings academia and industry together to turn data into knowledge, and knowledge into insight to see what’s possible in the new digital age. The initiative is home to the Health Informatics and Analytics Program, which trains students to advance the field through a thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics.

“The health system is awash in data yet barely ankle deep in information,” said Thompson. “New analytic techniques – deployed extensively in business applications – are an essential component to transforming our health care system into one that is more effective and efficient, but more importantly, one that is evidence-based, proactive, equitable, and value based.”

Selected Contributions

UNC Charlotte Faculty and Staff

Leveraging Data Analytics to Advance Personal, Population, and System Health: Moving Beyond Merely Capturing Services Provided

Benefits, Pitfalls, and Potential Bias in Health Care AI

  • Dr. Douglas C. Hague, Research and Industry Lead, UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative

Adopting Social Media for Improving Health: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Dr. Albert Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems
  • Dr. George Shaw, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Dr. Shi Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Chuqin Li, Department of Software and Information Systems

The technology issue of NCMJ also includes contributions by representatives from UNC Charlotte partners Premiere, Inc., Mecklenburg County Health Department, Tresata, and Atrium Health.

Read the issue