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Advanced Clinical Decision Support System for Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

August 5, 2016

University of Michigan investigators lead by Drs. Dinov, Dauer and Hampstead developed a new method for diagnosing, predicting, and tracking neurodegenerative disease (PMID:27494614, This clinical decision support system predicts Parkinson's disease with 96% consistency, accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity, in line with the rate of diagnosis by physicians. This machine-learning-based approach relies on multi-source Big Data including clinical, demographic, genetics information, and derived neuroimaging biomarkers. An added benefit of this predictive analytics and forecasting approach is that when excluding the longitudinal clinical information used in the clinical diagnostic procedure, the accuracy of the decision support system still exceeds 80%. The…

Legislation Based on U-M Concept Introduced in House

July 8, 2016

Washington, D.C.-- Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced H.R. 5652 "Access to Better Care Act of 2016." This bill provides high deductible health plans the flexibility to provide coverage for services that manage chronic disease prior to meeting the plan deductible. The bipartisan bill amends Section 223(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code. Currently, in health savings account-qualified high deductible health plans (HSA-HDHPs), services meant to treat "an existing illness, injury or condition" are excluded from coverage before the plan deductible is met. Evidence is accumulating that individuals enrolled in high deductible plans may not utilize…

Congratulations to Paul Hollenberg!

July 8, 2016

After a long and successful career as an educator, scientist and administrator, Dr. Paul Hollenberg retired from active faculty status at the University of Michigan and became an active Emeritus Professor…

Aashesh Verma Selected as 2016 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar

July 7, 2016

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) has named Aashesh Verma, M.D., an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan Health System, as a recipient of the fifth annual Emerging Liver Scholar (ELS) Resident Travel Awards. As part of a highly accomplished group of residents from internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, and pathology programs across the United States, Verma will attend The Liver Meeting® 2016 Boston, Mass., with his experience guided and complemented by AASLD leadership, faculty mentors, and former ELS and current ELS recipients. In addition to transportation, lodging, and meeting fees, the emerging scholars will…

Joyce Palmer, RN Retires

July 5, 2016

After 35 years of service, Joyce Palmer will be retiring on July 8, 2016. Joyce has worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit for the past 10 years. Prior to that she worked for 15 years in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and 10 years in the Cardiac Procedures Unit/Echo. Please join us to celebrate with Joyce on July 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in room #1B342-UH (OR Classroom).

Martha Funnell inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

July 4, 2016

Department of Learning Health Sciences faculty Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE was among 164 nurses to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. The inductees will be honored at a ceremony to be held during the Academy's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, which will take place October 20-22, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Academy is made up of about 2,900 members who are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and contributions to nursing science. Martha is an Associate Research Scientist of Learning Health Sciences in…

Susan Mychajlonka, RN Retires

June 27, 2016

Susan Mychajlonka, RN will be retiring on June 30, 2016 with over 22 years of service. She has worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit since 2002. We wish her well in this new chapter of life.

Andrew Tidball earns postdoctoral research fellowship

June 23, 2016

Andrew Tidball, Ph.D. received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society and Wishes for Elliott: Advancing SCN8A Research. He was lauded for his work on "Mechanisms and Drug Discovery in SCN8A Patient iPSC-Derived Neurons." Tidball's mentors are Jack Parent, M.D., and Lori Isom, Ph.D.

Several UMHS team members bring home EMMY awards

June 22, 2016

UMHS team members recently earned EMMY awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The first award was earned by the team that put together…