infraNET Project and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo
Chair in Health Informatics,
of Business and IT/Faculty of Health Sciences,
of Ontario Institute of Technology
May 27, 2009
3:00 - 4:30 PM EST
Davis Centre, Room 1302, University of Waterloo
Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada
Seminar Series Supporter
This seminar is free but you must register to attend.
Research Chair in Health Informatics, Dr. Carolyn McGregor is
pioneering new ways to improve outcomes for premature infants. A
century ago, a new baby was just as much a cause for concern as a
cause for joy, as more than one in 10 infants died at birth or shortly
thereafter. While that number has dropped significantly, the number of
premature births (7.1%) may actually be on the rise in Canada. These
early births are responsible for 75% of all infant deaths in Canada.
Even when infants survive, premature babies may develop lifelong problems
unless cared for properly. Although there are state-of-the-art medical devices
to monitor premature babies, neonatologists are increasingly burdened
by vast quantities of charted data and many false alarms from medical
devices. Neonates represent the second major cohort (other than
patients over 62 years) for ICU admissions.
overviews several research projects that aim to increase survival and
quality of life rates for neonates. Dr McGregor s contributions
include: 1) the first On-Demand Virtual Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Supporting Rural, Remote and Urban Neonatal Care; 2) new approaches to
data mining to support null hypothesis based clinical research that
can predict the onset of critical medical conditions; and 3) the real
time cross correlation of physiological data to support predictors
that allow the generation of complex neonatal medical alerts.
About the Speaker
McGregor is an Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute
of Technology, with a cross appointment between the Faculty of Business
and Information Technology and Faculty of Health Sciences. She holds a Canada
Research Chair in Health Informatics. She obtained her PhD in Computing Science
(UTS, Sydney). Her PhD research included an innovative intelligent decision
support system (IDSS) framework which she extended resulting in the Solution
Manager Service (SMS). The SMS contained pioneering research in the areas
of web services, event stream processing, multi-agent data mining and near-real
time data warehouse loading. Her recent research focus has been the improvement
and extension of that research within the context of health and medicine
to create advanced support for clinical management and research together
with new remote patient care frameworks and patient journey modeling and
re-engineering approaches. In 2008 she received the prestigious multi-million
dollar IBM First of a Kind (FOAK) research award with IBM Canada and
IBM TJ Watson Research Center, NY.
For more information
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health
Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in
1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding
partners were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM,
Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for
Computer Research, University of Waterloo.