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Informatics students receive national recognition

January 7, 2010

Jon D. Duke, M.D., and Jeffrey Klann, M.Eng., students of the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and medical informatics fellows at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, have been recognized by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for their development and testing of two new physician support computer tools. Their work has the potential to improve patient safety and healthcare quality while lowering costs.

Duke was awarded the 2009 outstanding student award by AMIA for his development and evaluation of Rxplore, an innovative graphic visualization tool to help physicians pinpoint which drugs in a patient’s regimen may cause particular adverse reactions. His work will be published in the Journal of Medical Bioinformatics in 2010.

“Physicians are able to retrieve accurate side-effect information significantly faster using Rxplore than when using traditional drug information resources. They unanimously indicated that they preferred the visual presentation of the data,” said Duke.

An internist with a long time interest in the application of computers to medicine for practical purposes, Duke is completing a Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction at the IU School of Informatics and Computing. He received his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.

Klann was named an award finalist for his work focusing on presenting meaningful medical test and medication options to physicians.

To describe his research, Klann uses an online shopping analogy. "If you order a book on, the website suggests other books that you might be interested in based on what’s often purchased with it. What if physicians could do this when they ordered medical tests or considered what drug to prescribe for the patient? In this vein, I developed a computer tool to generate test order and medication suggestions based on a year of electronic hospital records."

Klann is a doctoral student at the IU School of Informatics and Computing, pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics with a concentration in Health Informatics. He received his Master in Engineering in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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