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Informatics Research Seminar: Research and Innovation: Fulfilling EHR’s Promise for Quality Care

January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Speaker: Merry Ward, PhD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar

At Duke, all seminars live or broadcast will be held in Hock Auditorium from 4-5 pm.


This seminar will review common approaches to research funding and will encourage students to think about alternative models for funding and incentivizing basic and translational informatics research within your healthcare system and academic portfolios.  We will examine a couple of visions and will think about the knowledge needed to make the vision real.  We will discuss one or more extant research areas and ask how to fill gaps in knowledge toward complete translation. Participants will be prompted to think about what it means to have evidence-based informatics tools and configurations.


In 2006, Merry Ward, PhD.  joined the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Research and Development, Health Services Research and Development, as Scientific Program Manager where she developed the clinical informatics research program with targeted major research projects. In 2013, she joined what is now VHA Office of Health Informatics and serves as Research and Innovation Program Manager. Prior to joining VA, Dr. Ward worked as a Scientific Merit Review Program Manager for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program at Fort Detrick MD; as Social Science Analyst for National Institutes of Health- National Institute on Aging in Bethesda MD; and NC State University in various leadership, educator, and research roles. Dr. Ward’s educational background includes Biology, Education, Counseling, M.S., and Developmental Psychology (adult cognitive development), Ph.D., NCSU.

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.


January 17, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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