national library of medicine


At the Helm of the World’s Largest Medical Library: Interviews with Donald A.B. Lindberg

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, an eminent pathologist, served as Director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years and has made important contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. INTERVIEWED BY JOAN ASH AND DEAN SITTIG JUNE 1, 2005 WOODS HOLE, MA & JULY 13, 2005 BETHESDA, MD Donald […]


Engineering Computerized Multiphasic Screening: An Interview with Morris F. Collen

Dr. Morris Collen was an internationally respected leader in medical informatics and a pioneer in electronic medical record systems. INTERVIEWED BY DEAN F. SITTIG AUGUST 1, 2005 OAKLAND, CA From his time as a young doctor administering to Henry J. Kaiser’s shipyard workers in Richmond, Calif., in 1942, to many decades of work in research and medical informatics, […]


InSPECt: Interactive Surveillance Portal for Evaluating Clinical Decision Support

K22 LM011430 (PI – Allison B. McCoy, PhD 2013-2016) Effectively evaluating the appropriateness of clinical decision support alerts and responses is critical to improving patient safety through health information technology. This proposal will develop novel, semi- automated methods to facilitate such evaluations in both ambulatory and community hospital settings with […]


Improving Clinical Decision Support Reliability using Anomaly Detection Methods

R01 LM011966 (PI – Adam Wright, PhD  2014-2018) Clinical decision support systems, such as drug-interaction alerts and preventive care reminders, when used effectively, have been shown to the quality, safety and efficiency of care. However, such systems are complex and sometimes fail – these failures are often not noticed for […]