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NWCPHP Research Assistant Awarded Informatics Fellowship

NWCPHP Research Assistant, Hannah Mandel, was recently awarded a fellowship in applied public health informatics. She begins her year-long training in August 2013.
NWCPHP Research Assistant Awarded Informatics Fellowship

NWCPHP Research Assistant, Hannah Mandel

NWCPHP Research Assistant, Hannah Mandel, was recently awarded a fellowship in applied public health informatics. She begins her year-long training at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in August 2013.

June 28, 2013

NWCPHP Research Assistant, Hannah Mandel, was recently awarded a fellowship in applied public health informatics. The fellowship program, now in its second year, is sponsored in part by CDC and offers training and a pathway for career opportunities at the state and local level. Mandel begins her year-long training at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in August 2013.

Says Mandel, “I’m most excited about the opportunity for more applied learning.”

Mandel will work primarily with the Bureau of Communicable Disease and the Division of Informatics, Information Technology, and Telecommunications. Her project will likely involve investigating the feasibility of semi-automating the reporting of notifiable conditions. Through this project she will collaborate with hospitals, electronic health records vendors, and Regional Health Information Organizations, to determine if clinical data can be efficiently reused for public health purposes.

She explains, “Right now, if a doctor wants to report a case of tuberculosis, they have to log onto a separate website and upload the information. This wastes time and disrupts workflow. We want to eliminate these extra steps by automatically capturing data that are already collected in other places.”

Mandel, who is completing her requirements for a master’s degree in biomedical and health informatics, has long been interested in the ways data are managed and used to improve health. Her work at NWCPHP involved the use of machines to translate public health materials. Her thesis work evaluates patient record coding at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

Mandel believes these are exciting times to work in informatics. She explains, “Technology has given us access to overwhelming amounts of biological and clinical information. The essential next steps for public health are to tap into and use that information in new ways."

Before she helps public health march into a new frontier, Mandel has a few personal steps to take. They include: finishing up her thesis, presenting at the International Medical Informatics Association Medinfo Conference, finding an apartment in Queens, and saying goodbye to Seattle.

NWCPHP wishes her well in this new phase of her career and hopes she keeps in touch.

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