Amnon Shabo

Amnon Shabo
Philips | Philips · Chief Architect Office

PhD

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Introduction
Amnon specializes in health informatics and worked at IBM Research during 2000-2014. He now works with Philips. He co-chaired the Medical Informatics Community in IBM and headed the IBM program on healthcare & life Sciences standards. Amnon established and chaired a few professional working groups: (1) IMIA group on Health Record Banking; (2) EFMI group on Translational Health Informatics and (3) HL7 Clinical Genomics Work. He's a co-editor of the HL7 CDA, CCD, Pedigree and GTR standards.
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - April 2020
International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • An independent academy of health sciences informatics experts, initiated by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA: https://imia-medinfo.org/wp/).
August 2015 - present
Philips
Position
  • Health informatics specialist
April 2014 - July 2015
University of Haifa
Position
  • Research Associate

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Publications (78)
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Background: Implementing a decision-support system within a healthcare organization requires integration of clinical domain knowledge with resource constraints. Computer-interpretable guidelines (CIG) are excellent instruments for addressing clinical aspects while business process management (BPM) languages and Workflow (Wf) engines manage the log...
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Objectives: Standardization in the field of health informatics has increased its importance and global alliance for establishing interoperability and compatibility internationally. Standardization has been organized by standard development organizations (SDOs) such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization), CEN (European Committee fo...
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Objectives: This survey explores the role of big data and health analytics developed by IBM in supporting the transformation of healthcare by augmenting evidence-based decision-making. Methods: Some problems in healthcare and strategies for change are described. It is argued that change requires better decisions, which, in turn, require better u...
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This article is part of a Focus Theme of Methods of Information in Medicine on Health Record Banking. This Focus Theme aims at describing the Health Record Banking (HRB) paradigm, which offers an alternative constellation of health information exchange and integration through sustainability of health records over the lifetime of individuals by inde...
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Scientific objectives A growing base of genetic testings is now available for clinicians and its results could improve the quality of care and its outcomes. In addition, these testings are also helpful for predictive medicine and early detection of diseases. Genetic testings could further personalize the care processes based on the patient individu...
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"Once upon a time, several engineers, biologists and clinicians realized that a lot of information in biomedicine was partitioned into 'silos' that do not intercommunicate. These silos were a side effect of the existence of different disciplines required to, for example, develop new drugs. The engineers decided to dispose of the silos, and to put t...
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( the full paper is available at: http://www.futuremedicine.com/toc/pgs/14/4 )
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In the past decades we have witnessed several large-scale national efforts and pilot projects around the globe targeted at developing health information exchange and making available a patient-centric, comprehensive and longitudinal health record to the clinicians at the point of care. However, despite these endeavors, the health information landsc...
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Realizing personalized medicine is dependent on effective use of omics data and knowledge along with the patient’s medial history. Such history includes clinical data sets that need to be as rich as possible and more importantly, its semantics should be made explicit and machine-processable. Often, semantics of research & clinical data is merely im...
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This report is the collective product of word-leading experts working in the branches of integrative medicine by predictive, preventive and personalised medicine (PPPM) under the coordination of the European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine. The general report has been prepared as the consortium document proposed at...
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Network Tools and Applications in Biology (NETTAB) Workshops are a series of meetings focused on the most promising and innovative ICT tools and to their usefulness in Bioinformatics. The NETTAB 2011 workshop, held in Pavia, Italy, in October 2011 was aimed at presenting some of the most relevant methods, tools and infrastructures that are nowadays...
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Healthcare transformation through the use of information technologies is partly dependent on effectively applying the most up-to-date knowledge to the complete representation of the patient's past medical history at the point of care. In order for health knowledge to be effectively used, patient information should be sufficiently detailed, and more...
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With advance of health information IT systems and increasing volumes of disparate biomedical information repositories, harvesting them for research purposes is becoming more difficult. This is partly due to the proprietary nature of the current systems, but also due to diverse requirements of different research paradigms. On the flip side, ever lar...
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Essential hypertension is a multifactorial disorder and is the main risk factor for renal and cardiovascular complications. The research on the genetics of hypertension has been frustrated by the small predictive value of the discovered genetic variants. The HYPERGENES Project investigated associations between genetic variants and essential hyperte...
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Rising costs, decreasing quality of care, diminishing productivity, and increasing complexity have all contributed to the present state of the healthcare industry. The interactions between payers (e.g., insurance companies and health plans) and providers (e.g., hospitals and laboratories) are growing and are becoming more complicated. The constant...
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Translational Medicine (TM) explores the barriers in translating innovations all the way from bench to policy by better translating results of studies in related disciplines, such as socio-economic, psychological and ethical studies. This panel discussion aims at exploring whether major paradigm changes redefine the known TM's barriers and what cou...
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The new generation of health information standards, where the syntax and semantics of the content is explicitly formalized, allows for interoperability in healthcare scenarios and analysis in clinical research settings. Studies involving clinical and genomic data include accumulating knowledge as relationships between genotypic and phenotypic infor...
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Older people have more health issues and use more healthcare services than young people. Consequently, many more records are created by various healthcare providers when they document the care they provided to the older person. The law in most countries requires the healthcare provider to persist the records for a certain amount of time. Thus, as t...
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The recent emphasis on 'meaningful use' of electronic health records in health information technology reforms (e.g., as in the US stimulus package) can leverage the pharmacogenomics field. In order for clinical trials outcomes, based on pharmacogenomics research, to be meaningfully and effectively used in clinical practice there is a need to make h...
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One of the challenges of healthcare data processing, analysis and warehousing is the integration of data gathered from disparate and diverse data sources. Promoting the adoption of worldwide accepted information standards along with common terminologies and the use of technologies derived from semantic web representation, is a suitable path to achi...
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One of the main challenges of data warehousing within biomedical information infrastructures is to enable semantic interoperability between its various stakeholders as well as other interested parties. Promoting the adoption of worldwide accepted information standards along with common controlled terminologies is the right path to achieve that. Th...
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Bridging between the worlds of healthcare and life sciences is crucial to realizing the personalized healthcare vision. Initiatives regarding legislation and regulation in this interdisciplinary field, along with significant advancement in the development of data standards for genotype-phenotype associations, give rise to a banking paradigm in the...
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The costs of clinical trials in which the subjects' inherited and somatic genetic variations are taken into consideration are higher than those trials where no genetic data are used. The higher costs are due to increased complexity in exploring clinical and genomic factors, as well as the need to coordinate the various outputs of disparate entities...
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Clinical genomics is an interdisciplinary field dealing with the use of genetic data in clinical practice, such as the prescription of drugs based on a patient's genetic profile. To support the integration of clinical genomics information with clinical practice and research, information technologies should enable the semantic association of patient...
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A number of family history applications are in use by health care professionals (e.g., CAGENE, Progeny, Partners Health care Family History Program) as well as by patients (e.g., the U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Program). Each has its own proprietary data format for pedigree drawing and for the maintenance of family history health informat...
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This special report concerns a talk on data standards given at a workshop entitled 'An International Perspective on Pharmacogenetics: The Intersections between Innovation, Regulation and Health Delivery', which was held by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on October 17-19, 2005, in Rome, Italy. The worlds of healthc...
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This paper pursues the challenge of sustaining lifetime electronic health records (EHRs) based on a comprehensive socio-economic-medico-legal model. The notion of a lifetime EHR extends the emerging concept of a longitudinal and cross-institutional EHR and is invaluable information for increasing patient safety and quality of care. The challenge is...
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This chapter provides a bottom-up perspective on bioinformatics data standards, beginning with a historical perspective on biochemical nomenclature standards. Various file format standards were soon developed to convey increasingly complex and voluminous data that nomenclature alone could not effectively organize without additional structure and an...
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The use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) to implement data sharing and semantic interoperability in healthcare and life sciences has become ubiquitous in recent years. Because in many areas there was no preexisting data format, XML has been readily embraced and is having a great impact. Biomedical data is very heterogeneous, varying from adminis...
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Objectives: This paper pursues the challenge of sustaining lifetime electronic health records (EHRs) based on a comprehensive socio-economic-medico-legal model. The notion of a lifetime EHR extends the emerging concept of a longitudinal and cross-institutional EHR and is invaluable information for increasing patient safety and quality of care. Meth...
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A number of family history applications are in use by health care professionals (e.g., CAGENE, Progeny, Partners Health care Family History Program) as well as by patients (e.g., the U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Program). Each has its own proprietary data format for pedigree drawing and for the maintenance of family history health informat...
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Clinical Document Architecture, Release One (CDA R1), became an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved HL7 Standard in November 2000, representing the first specification derived from the Health Level 7 (HL7) Reference Information Model (RIM). CDA, Release Two (CDA R2), became an ANSI-approved HL7 Standard in May 2005 and is the subj...
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The emerging concept of an electronic health record (EHR) targeted at a patient centric, cross-institutional and longitudinal information entity (possibly spanning the individuals lifetime) has great promise for personalized medicine. In fact, it is probably the only vehicle through which we may truly realize the personalization of medicine beyond...
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A number of family history applications are in use by health care professionals (e.g., CAGENE, Progeny, Partners Health care Family History Program) as well as by patients (e.g., the U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Program). Each has its own proprietary data format for pedigree drawing and for the maintenance of family history health informat...
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The IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) initiative provides essential guidelines for the deployment of a digital health information management environment. IHE, while not inventing new standards, creates a system-level and component-level design, based on the products of the leading standards, HL7, DICOM, and more. As such, IHE can be viewe...
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We have created an application, called PRIMA (Patient Record intelligent Monitoring and Analysis), which can be used to visualize and understand patient record data. It was developed to better understand a large collection of patient records of bone marrow transplants at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. It is based on an information visualiz...
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While technology and legal advancements now enable health consumers to have their medical records transmitted electronically, either to the web or to a personal device (e.g., smart card), ultimately resulting in a lifetime electronic health record (LEHR), many obstacles remain in the way of that vision. So who’s afraid of electronic health records?...
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One of the main problems of the Web is its dominant textual characteristics. Since the natural way designers express their design ideas is in graphical form, accessing graphical information is a key issue. Since most of the design documents which are created today are products of CAD programs, our current research emphasis is upon indexing and retr...
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Apprenticeship is an educational practice that focuses on students actively engaged in activities with a variety of supports, or scaffolding. Different kinds of scaffolding are appropriate for different kinds of activities, and different levels of scaffolding are appropriate for different levels of student knowledge. We have designed and implemente...
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Research on computer-supported collaborative learning at the EduTech Institute at Georgia Tech is relatively new at less than five years old. In that short span, however, the team of researchers has developed eight different prototype software systems and evaluated them in a variety of settings with middle school, undergraduate, and graduate studen...
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JavaCAP, a software tool for student authoring and searching of case libraries, has been implemented in support of the Learning-by-Design curriculum development project at Georgia Tech's EduTech Institute. Its case-authoring component, when used as part of the LBD curriculum, asks students to reflect on a recent Learning-by-Design experience, summa...
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In many educational hypermedia programs, the original meaning of hypertext influenced the entire pedagogical approach underlying the programs. This meant that learners were free to navigate, construct, and choose their learning path. In addition, no learning objectives were mandatory, and the processes of hypertext navigation and artifact construct...
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Our goal is to improve the performance of computer graphics students by including problem-solving activities and situating their knowledge of computer graphics in authentic problems. The framework for achieving this goal is based on the apprenticeship model of training and integrates four modules:• An interactive notes module which includes note pa...
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One of the old and effective ways of training is the apprenticeship way. The effectiveness of training people in the workplace comes from different reasons. One reason may be the engagement of the apprentice in real-world problems. Another reason may be the close presence of the supervisor who provides the apprentice with scaffolding along the trai...
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In recent studies of students in intermediate computer science courses, we have noted a number of misconceptions and other learning problems. Supporting intermediate computer science students has not been explored in the literature as well as supporting novice and expert programmers. We are developing an approach focussed on providing a cognitive a...
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The limited quantity and quality of existing courseware restricts the use of computers in today's educational environment. Educators are often reluctant to become involved with the development of new courseware because of the high costs associated with courseware development. This article describes the evolution of courseware development and compar...
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Describes a database courseware using the HyperCard program on the subject of human reproductive endocrinology and feedback mechanisms. Discusses some issues concerning database courseware development. Presents several examples of the courseware display. (Author/YP)

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