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November 16, 2012

Embi_PeterCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Peter Embi, a physician-scientist from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and vice-chair of its Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI), was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) at the organization’s annual reception held at the annual symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) that was held earlier this month in Chicago.

Dr. Embi is an expert in the field of biomedical informatics, and received this recognition by his peers for his significant and sustained contributions to the field.

The ACMI is a college of elected fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. Since it was incorporated in 1984, just over 300 people across the world have been inducted as ACMI fellows. Embi is only the third person in the history of OSU to be inducted as an ACMI fellow, and he is the only current OSU faculty member to receive this prestigious recognition.

Biomedical informatics is a rapidly growing field of research, development, and practice that is at the heart of ongoing national initiatives to expand the use of Electronic Health Records and related health information technologies. Biomedical informatics efforts like these are widely seen as essential to achieving the changes needed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare and biomedical science.

Embi’s recognition by his peers reflects the fact that he has been a leader in this field, having led innovative research and advanced the field. For his work to define and advance a new sub-specialty of biomedical informatics, “clinical research informatics,” he was awarded the AMIA leadership award in 2011. Earlier this year, Embi’s research was again recognized, when he became the recipient of the inaugural distinguished paper award at the AMIA 2012 Summit on Clinical Research Informatics, for his paper, “Evaluating Alert Fatigue and Response Patterns to EHR-based Clinical Trial Alerts: Findings from a Randomized, Controlled Study," which extends a line of research that Embi has led into how physicians can use electronic health records in innovative ways to offer their patients opportunities to participate in clinical research studies.

Embi is also a leader in biomedical informatics education. Four years ago, he launched in collaboration with AMIA a first-of-its-kind online course to each researchers and informatics professionals about the area of clinical research informatics. Earlier this year he was also instrumental as a co-PI in helping Ohio State earn a prestigious five-year training fellowship award issued by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This highly-competitive program allows the Ohio State College of Medicine to recruit and teach the next generation of biomedical informatics professionals and makes Ohio State one of only 14 elite academic training programs across the country to receive this award.

Philip R. O. Payne, chair of the Ohio State Department of Biomedical Informatics congratulated Dr. Embi’s on this prestigious recognition. “Dr. Embi's election to ACMI is an exceptional honor and an indicator of his peers’ recognition of his role as an international leader in Biomedical Informatics.  As a fellow of such a distinguished entity, Dr. Embi joins the elite ranks of the Biomedical Informatics community, and continues the tradition of leadership in the field held by OSU,” Payne said.

Ohio State’s Department of Biomedical Informatics is a leader in discovering, creating, and applying leading-edge biomedical informatics innovations to improve individuals' lives through personalized healthcare. For additional information about the department, please see:


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