Ida Sim, PhD, MD
|American Society for Clinical Investigation||2010||Elected Member|
|American College of Medial Informatics||2007||Elected Fellow|
|American Medical Informatics Association||2005||Leadership Award|
|White House Office of Science Technology and Policy||2000||United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers|
Ida Sim is Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of Biomedical Informatics of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF, and Co-Founder of Open mHealth. She received her MD and her PhD in Medical Informatics from Stanford University, and her Primary Care Internal Medicine training from the Massachussetts General Hospital. She is also fellowship-trained in General Internal Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Sim’s expertise is on knowledge-based technologies for clinical research and evidence-based practice, with a special focus on using mobile technologies for chronic care. In 2000, she received the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her Trial Bank Project R01, which developed fundamental informatics technologies for a computable knowledge base of randomized trials. This line of work now centers on the Ontology of Clinical Research and its application to clinical trials data sharing (e.g., http://hsdbwiki.org/) and infrastructure for mobile-based research studies.
In 2011, Dr. Sim co-founded Open mHealth (http://openmhealth.org/), a non-profit to build an open source way for the mobile health (mHealth) ecosystem to share data, methods, and software to maximize the potential of mHealth to improve individual and population health. Our approach centers around an open software architecture with open APIs and reusable modules for data collection, analysis, and visualization to support systematic and shared learning. Open mHealth leverages existing tools, techniques, and standards and involves a growing community of commercial, academic, government, and non-profit organizations.
In other work, Dr. Sim has published on clinical trial reporting bias, new models of scientific e-publication of clinical research, and the adoption of electronic health records in primary care practices for quality improvement. In policy work, Dr. Sim was the founding Project Coordinator of the World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, which sets global standards on clinical trial registration and reporting. She led the development of the Trial Registration Data Set, the common 20-item data set that all registers worldwide including ClinicalTrials.gov adheres to. She currently serves on the Institute of Medicine's committee on Strategies of Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data (http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Research/SharingClinicalTrialData.aspx).
At UCSF, Dr. Sim co-directs Biomedical Informatics for CTSI. She is an active primary care physician who teaches primary care medicine and also teaches in the K30 clinical research training program.
Dr. Sim was a member of the National Research Council report on Computational Technology for Effective Health Care. She served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, is on the Advisory Board for PLoS One, is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Keywords: mHealth, mobile health, data sharing, ontology, informatics, clinical trial reporting, clinical trial registration, primary care
Implementation Science, International (public health), Policy-making institute or agency, mHealth, Policy advocacy, Social media, Web site, use of information technology in primary care, clinical trial registration policy, changes in clinical research methods (IT and methodological), Mentoring junior faculty or trainees, Interdisciplinary research collaboration, Brief implementation science training courses
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