Speaker Charles Safran, MD, is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and Senior Scientist, National Center for Public Health Informatics at Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Abstract: WID’s Living Environments Laboratory welcomes Dr. Charles Safran from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School to discuss the InfoSAGE project. InfoSAGE was built to support the information needs of frail elders and their families. The problems associated with aging are often problems that need to be shared among families. With support from AHRQ, families are currently being enrolled into the living laboratory to better understand these needs and to reduce the burden on informal care-givers.
Bio: Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is a senior scientist at the National Center for Public Health Informatics at Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the immediate past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and on the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation Council. He is a member to the Consumer Empowerment workgroup of the American Health Information Community formed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his career he has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems, ambulatory electronic health records, clinical decision support systems to help clinicians treat patients with HIV/AIDS and most recently personal care support systems for parents with premature infants which he calls collaborative healthware.
He founded a company, Clinician Support Technology and as its CEO successfully brought his ideas to a national market. The company's products and technology were acquired by a major public company. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has recently testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in mathematics and hold a master's degree in mathematical logic and a medical degree, all from Tufts University.