2021 AAHSL Virtual Annual Meeting

Matheson Lecture
November 4 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

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About the Lecture:

Findings, Truth and Trust:  What do Information Specialists Need to Do to Meaningfully Communicate Science?

Perhaps no event in modern history has demonstrated the challenges of scientific communication more than the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Then, as always, public health officials, policymakers, the scientific community, and the media in all its forms relied on clear, specific, verifiable,  relevant, and actionable information emanating from scientists at the cutting edge of discovery.  Arguably, as an information aggregation and dissemination community, the pandemic disclosed where we have succeeded and where we fell short.  This talk will provide an overview of grand challenges in communicating what is learned from data (findings), conveying its likely relevance and actionability, and, most importantly, updating the public when additional data refutes previous findings and recommendations.

About the Lecturer:

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS is a Professor and Chair of Biomedical Informatics, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and his MS in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. In 1992 he returned to Johns Hopkins where he served as a Pediatric Chief Resident. He was a member of the faculty in both Pediatrics and Biomedical Information Sciences at Johns Hopkins until 2002, when he was recruited to Vanderbilt University. He also is a board certified Pediatrician.

Dr. Johnson is an internationally-respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology. His research interests have been related to developing and encouraging the adoption of clinical information systems to improve patient safety and compliance with practice guidelines.  He is widely known for his work with e-prescribing and computer-based documentation, as well as his recent creative endeavors to communicate science to lay audiences, including a feature length documentary about health information exchange.

He is the author of over 150 publications and books or book chapters,  and has won dozens of awards over his career.  Notably, he was elected into the American College of Medical Informatics in 2004, The Academic Pediatric Society in 2010, and the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) in 2010.