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Dominik Aronsky, M.D., Ph.D.,: Computer-based Decision Support in the Emergency Department



The Emergency Department is a fast-paced, information intensive environment that can benefit from improved information management. The presentation will discuss how an integrated information system infrastructure can support providers to deliver high-quality patient care, optimize operational activities, and facilitate clinical and informatics research studies in the Emergency Department. Illustrative examples will include improvement of pneumonia-care processes, implementation of asthma guidelines, and forecasting Emergency Department overcrowding.


Dominik Aronsky, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He earned his MD degree from the University of Berne (Switzerland) in 1989, completed a Post-Diploma in Software Engineering, and spent two years in residency in Anesthesia and Surgery. In 2000 he earned a PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Director of Graduate Studies of the new MS/PhD program in Biomedical Informatics. Since 2001, he has led the transformation of Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric Emergency Department from a paper-based to a computer-based emergency care setting. The Emergency Department whiteboard, an advanced patient tracking system, has become a critical component for providing patient care, and a test bed for both informatics and clinical research. His primary research interests include the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical information systems with a special emphasis on clinical decision support system, evidence-based medicine and the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for supporting real time patient care.