Service Systems Executive Speaker Series and Working Group Talk
Speaker: Abdul Shaikh
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) & Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Title: Cloud Computing For Use-Inspired Health Research: Meeting the Challenge of Big Data
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academies, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) have called for effective use of health information technology (HIT) to transform public health research and practice. The significant challenge represented by big data for health underscores the need to leverage data infrastructure for effective translation of data into actionable knowledge. To this end, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been engaging with public, private, and academic partners to support the development of patient-centered, evidence-based HIT tools, new computational techniques, and cyber infrastructure for clinical and consumer cancer prevention and control. This presentation will discuss NCI efforts supporting the development of a cyber infrastructure framework for population health, including large-scale, collaborative platforms and virtual systems that can provide access to large volumes of distributed data for research and practice. Addressing the need for accelerating the pace of evidence-based innovation in Health IT, this presentation will also discuss how related efforts in open innovation and public-private collaboration, including the first NIH developer challenge authorized by America COMPETES, are tied to broader research priorities and funding opportunities in population health and behavioral informatics at NCI. Supporting new ecosystems for public-private interaction across the spectrum of research and practice can help encourage innovation for cancer control and public health.
Abdul R. Shaikh, PhD, MHSc is a Program Director in NCI's Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, where he leads Division-wide efforts in behavioral informatics and cyberinfrastructure for population health. In the area of open innovation, Dr. Shaikh lead the first NIH implementation of open innovation competitions authorized by the America COMPETES Act, and is an active participant in cross-agency initiatives in data harmonization, advanced computation, and cyber-enabled research. With a diverse background in public health research and practice, Dr. Shaikh also oversees extra-mural grants and contracts, and helps coordinate the Division’s Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) portfolio. Dr. Shaikh is the author of numerous publications, including most recently the lead guest editor for a special supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Cyberinfrastructure for Consumer Health. Prior to joining NCI Dr. Shaikh worked at a leading research consulting firm, where he conducted numerous research, evaluation, and user-centered design projects with a broad range of HHS clients including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Shaikh received his Doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and his Masters of Health Science and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Toronto.
Recent publications that are relevant to this presentation include:
- Shaikh, AR, Prabhu Das, I, Vinson, C, Spring B (eds.). Cyberinfrastructure for Consumer Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2011: 40(5).
- Chismar W, Horan TA, Hesse BW, Feldman SS, Shaikh AR. Health Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Use-Inspired Research and Practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2011: 40(5).
- Hesse BW, O'Connell M, Augustson EM, Chou WY, Shaikh AR, Finney Rutten LJ. Realizing the Promise of Web 2.0: Engaging Community Intelligence. Journal of Health Communication, July 2011.
- Moser RP, Hesse BW, Shaikh AR, Courtney P, et al. Grid-Enabled Measures: Using Science 2.0 to Standardize Measures and Share Data. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2011: 40(5).