Jim Cimino

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Name: James J. Cimino, MD

Elected ACMI Fellow: 1992. President ACMI 2011-2012.


Degrees: Sc.B. Biology, Brown University 1977; MD, New York Medical College 1981

Current Position: Chief of the Laboratory for Clinical Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center; Senior Scientist, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication, National Library of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, co-chair of the HL-7 Vocabulary Technical Committee

Current email: ciminoj@mail.nih.gov

Professional Affiliations: American Clinical and Climatological Association

Professional Activities:

Honors and Awards: Priscilla M. Mayden Award for Excellence in Medical Informatics, University of Utah

Elected American College of Physicians, 1998

President's Award, AMIA, 2002

Elected New York Academy of Medicine 2006

NIH Clinical Center Director’s Award, 2009

Other Works:

Other Information:

Curriculum Vitae: Columbia biography (2010)

Selected Publications:

Cimino JJ, Munson PJ, Lewis T, Rodbard D: Graphical Display of Patient
Data Using a Desk-Top Computer, in Heffernan HG, ed.: Proceedings of
the Fifth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care;
Washington, D.C.; October, 1981:1085-1088.

Cimino JJ, Socratous SA, Clayton PD. Internet as clinical information
system: application development using the World Wide Web. Journal of
the American Medical Informatics Association; 1995;2(5):273-284.

Cimino JJ. Linking patient information systems to bibliographic
resources. Methods of Information in Medicine; 1996;35(2):122-126.

Cimino JJ. Beyond the Superhighway: Exploiting the Internet with
Medical Informatics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics
Association; 1997;4:279-284.

Cimino JJ. Desiderata for controlled medical vocabularies in the
Twenty-First Century. Methods of Information in Medicine;

Cimino JJ. From data to knowledge through concept-oriented
terminologies: experience with the Medical Entities
Dictionary. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association;

Cimino JJ, Patel VL, Kushniruk AW. The Patient Clinical Information
System (PatCIS): technical solutions for and experience with giving
patients access to their electronic medical records. International
Journal of Medical Informatics; 2002; 68:111-127.

Cimino JJ, Bakken S. The personal digital educator. New England
Journal of Medicine. 2005;352(9):860-2.

Cimino JJ, Bright TJ, Li J. Medication reconciliation using natural
language processing and controlled terminologies. Stud Health Technol
Inform. 2007;129(Pt 1):679-83.

Cimino JJ, Hayamizu TF, Bodenreider O, Davis B, Stafford GA, Ringwald
M. The caBIG Terminology Review Process. Journal of Biomedical
Informatics; 2009 Jun;42(3):571-80.

Baorto D, Li L, Cimino JJ. Practical Experience with the Maintenance
of a Large Ontology for an Academic Medical Center. Journal of
Biomedical Informatics; 2009 Jun;42(3):494-503).

Shea S, Weinstock RS, Teresi JA, Palmas W, Starren J, Cimino JJ, Lai
AM, Field L, Morin PC, Goland R, Izquierdo RE, Ebner S, Silver S,
Petkova E, Kong J, Eimicke JP; for the IDEATel Consortium. A
Randomized Trial Comparing Telemedicine Case Management with Usual
Care in Older, Ethnically Diverse, Medically Underserved Patients with
Diabetes Mellitus: 5 Year Results of the IDEATel Study. Journal of the
American Medical Informatics Association. 2009;16(4):446-56.

Cimino JJ, Ayres EJ. The clinical research data repository of the US
National Institutes of Health. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2010;160(Pt

Cimino JJ. High-quality, Standard, Controlled Healthcare Terminologies
Come of Age. Methods of Information in Medicine; 2011;50,2:101-104.

A network-theoretic approach for decompositional translation across
Open Biological Ontologies, JBI, 2010

Interpreting Nurses Responses to Clinical Documentation Alert, AMIA,
2010 A Review of Auditing methods Applied to the Content of Controlled
Biomedical Terminologie, JBI, 2009

Using semantic and structural properties of the Unified Medical
Language System to discover potential terminological relationship,
JAMIA, 2009 Information Needs Infobutton Manager Use and Satisfaction
by Clinician Typ, JAMIA, 2009

Use of clinical alerting to improve the collection of clinical
research dat, AMIA, 2009

Leading a Horse to Water - Using Automated Reminders to Increase Use
of Online Decision Suppor, AMIA, 2008

Identifying logical clinical context clusters in nursing orders for
the purpose of information retrieva, AMIA, 2008

Identifying Logical Clinical Context Clusters in Nursing Orders for
th, AMIA, 2008

Multitasking by Clinicians in the Context of CPOE and CIS Us, Medinfo,

Medication Reconciliation Using Natural Language Processing and
Controlled Terminologie, Medinfo, 2007

A Scale-Free Network View of the UMLS to Learn Terminology
Translation, Medinfo, 2007

Collect Once Use Many_file, JAHIMA, 2007

Semantic Query Generation from Eligibility Criteria in Clinical Trial,
AMIA, 2007

Redesign of the Columbia University Infobutton Manage, AMIA, 2007

Information Needs Related to Antibiotic Prescribing While Using CPO,
AMIA, 2007

Decompositional Terminology Translation Using Network Analysi, AMIA,

Auditing Dynamic Links to Online Information Resource, AMIA, 2007

A Methodology for Meeting Context-Specific Information Needs Related
to Nursing Order, AMIA, 2007

A Comparison of Two Methods for Retrieving ICD-9-CM Dat, AMIA, 2007

An Integrated Approach to Computer-Based Decision Support at the Point
of Car, ACCA, 2007

The Practical Impact of Ontologies on Biomedical Informatic, Meth Inf
Med, 2006

International Medical Informatics Association Working Group 6 and the
2005 Rome Conferenc, JBI, 2006

In Defense of the Desiderat, JBI, 2006

Heuristic Evaluation of Paper-Based Web Page, JBI, 2006

Use, Usability, Usefulness and Impact of an Infobutton Manage, AMIA,

Mining Cross-Terminology Links in the UML, AMIA, 2006

Interruptions During Use of a CPOE System for MICU Round, AMIA, 2006

Using Patient Data to Retrieve Health Knowledg, AMIA, 2005

Using Natural Language Processing to Link from Medical Text to On-Line
Information Resource, Medinfo, 2004

Structured Data Entry of Cross-Coverage Notes Using a PD, Medinfo,

Scenario-Based Assessment of Physicians Information Need, Medinfo,

Responding to Clinicians Information Needs - Designing a
Context-Specific Calculato, Medinfo, 2004

Practical Considerations for Exploiting the World Wide Web to Create
Infobutton, Medinfo, 2004

Patterns of Usage for a Web-Based Clinical Information Syste, Medinfo,

Development and Representation of a Fall-Injury Risk Assessment
Instrument in a Clinical Information Syste, Medinfo, 2004

Automatic Summarization of Patient Discharge Summaries to Create
Problem Lists Using Medical Language Processin, Medinfo, 2004

Towards the Development of a Conceptual Distance Metric for the UML,
JBI, 2004

PalmCIS - A Wireless Handheld Application for Satisfying Clinician
Information Need, JAMIA, 2004

An Enriched UMLS Semantic Network with a Multiple Subsumption
Hierarch, JAMIA, 2004

Approach to Mobile Information and Communication for Health Car, IJMI,

Knowledge Representation of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Points
Using the UMLS and a Terminolog, IDEAS Workshop, 2004

Use of Online Resources While Using a Clinical Information Syste,
SCAMC, 2003

The Classification of Clinicians Information Needs While Using a
Clinical Information Syste, SCAMC, 2003

Sharing Infobuttons to Resolve Clinicians Information Need, SCAMC,

Development of Infobuttons in a Wireless Environmen, SCAMC, 2003

Clinical Information Needs in Context-An Observational Study of
Clinicians While Using a Clinical Information Syste, SCAMC, 2003

Characterizing Information Needs and Cognitive Processes During CIS
Us, SCAMC, 2003

Automated Identification of Shortcuts to Patient Data for a Wireless
Handheld Clinical Informaiton Syste, SCAMC, 2003

Automated Discovery of Patient-specific Clinician Information Needs
Using Clinical Information System Log File, SCAMC, 2003

Consistency Across the Hierarchies of the UMLS Semantic Network and
Metathesauru, JBI, 2003

Adequacy of Evolving National Standardized Terminologies for
Interdisciplinary Coded Concepts in an Automated Clinical Pathwa, JBI,

Integrating Nursing Diagnostic Concepts into the Medical Entities
Dictionary Using the ISO Reference Terminology Model for Nursing
Diagnosi, JAMIA, 2003

Web-based tailoring and its effect on self-efficacy - results from the
MI-HEART randomized controlled tria, SCAMC, 2002

Using patient data to rank records of literature retrieva, SCAMC, 2002

Theoretical, empirical and practical approaches to resolving the unmet
information needs of clinical information system user, SCAMC, 2002

The cognitive demands of an innovative query user interfac, SCAMC,

Knowledge acquisition of generic queries for information retrieva,
SCAMC, 2002

Issues in developing clinical applications for the wireless
environmen, SCAMC, 2002

Improving clinical communication with a virtual whiteboar, SCAMC, 2002

Design of a Web-based care team scheduler for PalmCI, SCAMC, 2002

Use of Wireless Technology for Reducing Medical Error, JAMIA, 2002

Providing concept-oriented views for clinical data using a
knowledge-based system - an evaluatio, JAMIA, 2002

Perceived Information Needs and Communication Difficulties of
Inpatient Physicians and Nurse, JAMIA, 2002

Development of an Ontology to Model Medical Errors Information Needs
and the Clinical Communication Spac, JAMIA, 2002

Using Narrative Reports to Support a Digitial Librar, SCAMC, 2001

Use of Wireless Technology for Reducing Medical Error, SCAMC, 2001

The MI-HEART Project - Information Technology fo One-to-One Tailored
Patient Communicaito, SCAMC, 2001

Perceived Information Needs and Communication Difficulties of
Inpatient Physicians and Nurse, SCAMC, 2001

MI-HEART - A Comprehensive Management System to Deliver Monitor and
Measure Efficacy of Individualized Web-Based Educatio, SCAMC, 2001

Lessons Learned in the Early Phase of the MI-HEART Clincial Tria,
SCAMC, 2001

Just-in-Time Learning in the Emergency Departmen, SCAMC, 2001

Integration of Nursing Assessment Concepts into the MED Using the
LOINC Semantic Structure as a Terminology Mode, SCAMC, 2001

Integrating Existing Drug Formulation Terminologies into an HL7
Standard Classification using OpenGALE, SCAMC, 2001

Harnessing Web Information Technologies for Secure Adaptive and
Individualized Health Communication, SCAMC, 2001

Development of an Ontology to Model Medical Errors Information Needs
and the Clinical Communicaiton Spac, SCAMC, 2001

Content Evaluation of a Knwledge Bas, SCAMC, 2001

Battling Scylla and Charybdis - The Search for Redundancy and
Ambiguity in the 2001 UMLS Metathesauru, SCAMC, 2001

Assessment of Information Needs for Informed Coordinated Activities in
the Clinical Environmen, SCAMC, 2001

Terminology Tools - State of the Art and Practical Lesson, Meth Inf
Med, 2001

What Do Patients Do with Access to Their Medical Record, Medinfo, 2001

Developing Tailored Theory-Based Educational Content for Web
Applications - Illustrations from the MI-HEART Projec, Medinfo, 2001

Building a Knowledge Base to Support a Digital Librar, Medinfo, 2001

Clinical Knowledge and Practice in the Information Age - A Handbook
for Health Professional, JBI, 2001

Accessing Heterogeneous Sources of evidence to Answer Clinical
Quesiton, JBI, 2001

A Knowledge-Based Concept-Oreiented View Generation System for
Clinical Dat, JBI, 2001

Studying the Human-Computer-Terminology Interfac, JAMIA, 2001

Televaluation of clinical information systems - an integrative
approach to assessing Web-based system, IJMI, 2001

Improving the Development of Composite Educational Guidelines Using
Decomposition of Concept Lattice, SCAMC, 2000

How to Partition a Complex Schema of Medical Terminolog, SCAMC, 2000

Formal Combinations of Guidelines - A Requirement for
Self-Administered Personalized Health Educatio, SCAMC, 2000

Exploring the Semantic Relations of Radiological Terms using UMLS
Resource, SCAMC, 2000

Evaluation of Web-Based Patient Information Resources - Application in
the Assessment of a Patient Clinical Information Syste, SCAMC, 2000

Developing and Evaluating Theory-Based Educational Content for WEB
Application, SCAMC, 2000

Automated Knowledge Extraction from MEDLINE Citation, SCAMC, 2000

An Infobutton for Enabling Patients to Interpret On-line Pap Smear
Report, SCAMC, 2000

An Evaluation of Patient Access to their Electronic Medical Records
via the World Wide We, SCAMC, 2000

A Web-Based System For Prediction Of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Using
The Framingham Algorith, SCAMC, 2000

What is Wrong with EM, SCAMC, 1999

WebCIS - Large Scale Deployment of a Web-based Clinical Information
Syste, SCAMC, 1999

Overcoming the Barriers of WEB-Based Interventions for Elder Patients
- Enabling Strategies for the MI HEART Clinical Tria, SCAMC, 1999

Modeling the UMLS Using an OOD, SCAMC, 1999

Modeling Patient Response to Acute Myocardial Infarction -
Implications for a Tailored Technology-Based Program to Reduce Patient
Dela, SCAMC, 1999

Linking Guidelines for Mammography to an Electronic Medical Record for
Use by Patient, SCAMC, 1999

Influence of Lay Conceptions of Health and Illness on Health Care
Decision-Making - Implications for the Development of Technological
Suppor, SCAMC, 1999

Evaluation of the Information Sources Ma, SCAMC, 1999

Evaluation of a System to Identify Relevant Patient Information and
Its Impact on Clinical Information Retrieva, SCAMC, 1999

Evaluation of a Proposed Method for Representing Drug Terminolog,
SCAMC, 1999

Toward a Framework for Computer-Medicated Collaborativee Design in
Medical Informatic, Meth Inf Med, 1999

The Columbia Medical Informatics Story - From Clinical System to Major
Departmen, MD Computing, 1999

Reproducibility of Interpreting and and or in Terminology System,
SCAMC, 1998

Development of a Standard Terminology to Support Medication Message,
SCAMC, 1998

Designing Evaluation of Web-Based Information Resources -
Televaluation of Patient Clinical Information System, SCAMC, 1998

Automated Knowledge Extraction from the UML, SCAMC, 1998

Automated Integration of a Diagnostic Decision Support System with a
Large Scale Clinical Information System - Aspects of Feasibilit,
SCAMC, 1998

Architecture for a Web-Based Clinical Information System that Keeps
the Design Open and the Access Close, SCAMC, 1998

A Proposal for Incorporating Health Level Seven (HL7) Vocabulary in
the UMLS Metathesauru, SCAMC, 1998

The Concepts of Language and the Language of Concept, Meth Inf Med,

Auditing the Unified Medical Language System with Semantic Method,
JAMIA, 1998

Combining Laboratory data Sets from Multiple Insitutions Using LOIN,
IJMI, 1998

Distributed Cognition and Knowledge-Based Controlled Medical
Terminologie, AI Med, 1998

A Study of Collaboration Among Medical Informatics Research
Laboratorie, AI Med, 1998

Using Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) to
Exchange Laboratory Data Among Three Academic Hospital, SCAMC, 1997

Usability Testing in Medical Informatics - Cognitive Approaches to
Evaluation of Information Systems and User Interface, SCAMC, 1997

Supporting Infobuttons with Terminological Knowledg, SCAMC, 1997

Partitioning a Vocabulary-s IS-A Hierarchy into Tree, SCAMC, 1997

Linking A Clinical System to Heterogeneous Information Resource,
SCAMC, 1997

Designing a Student Clinical Workstation - Challenges and
Opportunitie, SCAMC, 1997

Controlled Vocabulary and Design of Laboratory Results Display, SCAMC,

Mapping Medical Vocabularies to the Unified Medical Language Syste,
SCAMC, 1996

Just Tell Me What You Want - The Promises and Perils of Rapid
Prototyping with the World Wide We, SCAMC, 1996

Integrating DXplain into a Clinical Information System Using the World
Wide We, SCAMC, 1996

Formal Descriptions and Adaptive Mechanisms for Changes in Controlled
Medical Vocabularie, Meth Inf Med, 1996

Coding Systems in Health Car, Meth Inf Med, 1996

eview - Coding Systems in Health Car, Yearbook of Medical Informatics,

Education and Training - Medical Informatics Training at Columbia
University and the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Cente, Yearbook of
Medical Informatics, 1995

The Informatics Superhighway-Prototyping on the World Wide We, SCAMC,

Use of the Unified Medical Language System in Patient Care at the
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Cente, Meth Inf Med, 1995

Managing Vocabulary for a Centralized Clinical Syste, MedInfo, 1995

Vocabulary and Health Care Information Technology-State of the Ar,
JASIS, 1995

Coping with Changing Controlled Vocabularie, SCAMC, 1994

Knowledge-based Approaches to the Maintenance of a Large Controlled
Medical Terminolog, JAMIA, 1994

Controlled Medical Vocabulary Construction - Methods from the Canon
Grou, JAMIA, 1994

Data Storage and Knowledge Representaion for Clinical Workstation, Int
J Biomed Comp, 1994

From ICD9-CM to MeSH, Using the UMLS-A How-to Guid, SCAMC, 1993

Automatic Knowledge Acquisition from Medlin, Meth Inf Med, 1993

Generic Queries for Meeting Clinical Information Need, Bull MLA, 1993

Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say-Coupling Biomedical
Terminology and Knowledg, Acad Med, 1993

The Medline Butto, SCAMC, 1992

As We May Think - The Concept Space and Medical Hypertex, CBR, 1992

Representation of Clinical Laboratory Terminology in the Unified
Medical Language Syste, SCAMC, 1991

Using the UMLS to Bring the Library to the Bedsid, MDM, 1991

IAIMS and UMLS at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Cente, MDM, 1991

UMLS as Knowledge Base-A Rule-Based Expert System Approach to
Controlled Medical Vocabulary Managemen, SCAMC, 1990

Automated Translation between Medical Terminologies using Semantic
Definition, MD Computing, 1990

Designing and Introspective, Multipurpose, Controlled Medical
Vocabular, SCAMC, 1989
Automated Extraction of Medical Knowledge from Medline Citation,
SCAMC, 1988

The Physician's Workstation-Recording a Physical Examination Using a
Controlled Vocabular, SCAMC, 1987

DXplain-Experience with Knowledge Acquisition and Program Evaluatio,
SCAMC, 1987

DXplain-An Evolving Diagnostic Decision-Support Syste, JAMA, 1987


Shortliffe EH, Cimino JJ, Eds. Biomedical Informatics: Computer
Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. Springer, New York, 2006.

Cimino JJ, ed. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics
Association Annual Symposium. AMIA, Bethesda, MD, 1996.

Cimino JJ. Cancer Screening. In Shea S, ed. Division of General
Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care Syllabus. Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center, New York; 1994.

Huff SM, Cimino JJ. Medical Data Dictionaries and their Use in Medical
Information System Development. In: Prokosch HU, Dudeck J,
eds. Hospital Information Systems: Current Status and Future Trends,
Elsevier Science B.V., North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1995; 53-75.

Clayton PD, Cimino JJ, Anderson RK, Roderer NK, McCormack
M. Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS):
Accomplishments from a global and local perspective. In: Prokosch HU,
Dudeck J, eds. Hospital Information Systems: Current Status and Future
Trends, Elsevier Science B.V., North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1995;

Pablos-Mendez A, Cimino JJ. Screening. In Rabkin M, Shea S,
ed. Ambulatory Care Syllabus. Division of General Internal Medicine
Ambulatory Care Syllabus. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New
York; 1997.

Ceusters WM, Rector AL, Cimino JJ. Chap 23: Lenguajes y Terminologías
Médica (Medical Languages and Terminologies). In: Internet, Telemática
y Salud (Internet in the Health Sciences). Oliveri N, Sosa-Iudicissa
M, Gamboa C, eds. Editorial Médica Panamerica, Buenos Aires, 1997.

Cimino JJ. Development of Expertise in Medical Practice. In, Sternberg
RJ, Horvath JA, eds. Tacit Knowledge in Professional
Practice. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998.

Hammond WE, Cimino JJ. Standards in Medical Informatics. Chapter 6 in:
EH Shortliffe, LE Perreault, G Wiederhold, LM Fagan, eds. Medical
Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. New
York: Springer, 2000:212-256.

Cimino JJ. Knowledge-based terminology in medicine. In: Bourigault D,
Jacquemin C, L'Homme M-C, eds. Recent Advances in Computational
Terminology.John Benjamins, Amsterdam. 2001:111-126.

Kukafka R, Lussier YA, Cimino JJ. The MI-HEART Project. Chapter 19,
in: Lewis D, Eyesnbach G, Kukafka R, Stavri P, Jimison H,
eds. Consumer Health Informatics: Informing Consumers and Improving
Health Care. New York: Springer, 2005:227-238.

Cimino JJ, del Fiol G. Infobuttons and point of care access to
knowledge. In: Greenes RA, ed. Clinical Decision Support: The Road
Ahead. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007:345-371.

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"Reuse of Clinical Health Records: Caveat Inquisitor"

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