ePatient 2021 - From Health Data to Knowledge to Practice: Where and How Informatics is Helping Make Decisions

February 25 @ 3:45 pm

This panel will discuss the role of health data and informatics in making decisions—from the population level to the individual patient. The panel will discuss current challenges and controversies in handling and amassing health data from the perspectives of large-scale multi-institutional  distributed health systems, all the way to integrating such data and learnings into patient care.


Jeffery Brown, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School

Jeffrey Brown, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Within DPM, Dr. Brown serves as a member of the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology program Executive Committee. His primary research activities involve new approaches to facilitate large-scale multi-institutional research through the use of distributed health data networks to support a learning health system. This research formed the basis for several established research networks, including the FDA’s Sentinel System and PCORnet. He has leadership roles in FDA Sentinel, PCORnet, the Biologics and Biosimilars Collective Intelligence Consortium (BBCIC), and the Innovation in Medical Evidence and Development Surveillance (IMEDS) program. Beyond these distributed data networks, he has led several post-marketing safety studies for various sponsors. Dr. Brown is the inventor of PopMedNet, an open-source software platform that facilitates creation and operation of distributed health data networks. Dr. Brown holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Tufts University and a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University. He is an 8-time US national champion and 3-time world champion in Ultimate Frisbee and coached the Tufts Men’s Ultimate team for 20 years.

Saurabh Gombar, MD, PhD

Clinical Instructor of Pathology
Stanford University - School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care

Dr. Saurabh Gombar is currently an adjunct professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine as well as the Chief Medical Officer for Atropos Health. His research explores how different systems can close the last mile issue in bringing real world evidence (RWE) to the bedside. Dr. Gombar led the Green Button informatics consult at Stanford which was the first ever inter-physician consulting service designed to create RWE to support clinician treatment decisions. Dr. Gombar received BS degrees in Biology and Computer Science from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received his MD and PhD in Computational Biology and Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Anita Umesh, PhD  (Moderator)

Clinical Data Standards in Regulatory Submissions Consultant

Anita Umesh, PhD, is currently a consultant in the clinical data standards space for regulatory submission of new drugs and biologics using randomized controlled trials and real world data/evidence.  Her current expertise is in utilizing patient/clinical/phenotypic data in conjunction with molecular data with a focus on enabling aggregate cohort analytics across data sources, studies, and therapeutic areas.  She holds a BS degree in Biochemistry and received her PhD in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Riverside, with positions held at Johns Hopkins and Stanford University Schools of Medicine, NextBio and Illumina.