Hilda Klasky, a research scientist in ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, has been named a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The association works to promote the value of information technology in healthcare. Fellows are chosen based on major contributions in biomedical informatics over at least 10 years and national or international recognition in the field.
Hilda will be inducted into the AMIA at the association’s Clinical Informatics Conference in May 2024 in Minneapolis.
“It’s an honor to be awarded the designation of fellow,” she said. “I look forward to helping my peers advance our understanding of how informatics can transform healthcare for the better.”
Hilda received her master’s degree in computational engineering from Rutgers University and joined ORNL in 2009. She works in the Scalable Biomedical Group, part of the Advanced Computing Health Sciences Section in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, where her research focuses on leveraging computing methods such as process mining and machine learning to solve complex problems in healthcare. She has also worked on projects with funding from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Hilda’s scientific accomplishments include:
- An ORNL Significant Event Award for leading a team that extended the life cycle of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert Township, Michigan;
- Leading a series of research studies and other projects for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on such topics as social and environmental determinants of health, process mining for conformance analysis to the VA’s healthcare database system, and application of advanced analytic techniques using health data for hazard detection; and
- Managing a series of projects for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, including construction of a framework for a searchable national database of irradiation surveillance from 100 U.S. nuclear plants.
Before joining ORNL, Hilda worked as a web applications developer for the National Audubon Society and as a software engineer for Panasonic Research.
“My appointment is a significant milestone in ORNL's ongoing engagement with prestigious professional organizations,” Hilda said. “While ORNL has traditionally excelled in the fields of energy, materials, and computing, this fellowship expands our presence into the realm of healthcare. I am honored to represent the lab in this distinguished community, and I am grateful to ORNL management for their unwavering support throughout this journey.”
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