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Mary Regina Boland, PhD, an assistant professor of Informatics in the department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). This achievement recognizes awardees for their expertise in evidence-based informatics practice and engagement with a community of lifelong learners who apply the latest advances in informatics to improve health and health care. Boland’s research focuses on how environmental and socioeconomic factors play a role in women’s health and fetal outcomes. She will be formally inducted into the Fellowship at the AMIA 2020 Clinical Informatics Conference in May 2020.

Penn Medicine was named a Future Edge 50 Award winner for the Penn Medicine EHR Chart Review Precision Medicine Tab implementation. Presented by CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council, Future Edge 50 Awards recognize organizations pushing the edge with new technologies to advance their businesses for the future. The successor to the Digital Edge 50 Awards, the FutureEdge 50 brings to light the most cutting-edge trials and applications of emerging technologies – and the innovative cultures enabling them. Our EHR Chart Review Precision Medicine Tab supports Penn Medicine’s continuing initiatives to advance in precision medicine and genetic research. Our Penn Center for Precision Medicine group sought to leverage our electronic health record (EHR) to include a comprehensive genetic component - advancing Penn Medicine’s mission around enabling clinicians to better detect disease faster and get needed care with a more tailored treatment plan before a person’s condition becomes more difficult to treat. The project allows researchers and clinicians to work within our integrated EHR that files and segregates precision medicine orders, results and reporting within a patient’s chart.

“Our key objective was to create a flexible architecture to support a rapidly advancing field that is adaptive to clinical workflows in an extensible framework that combines core EHR function with custom enhancements to truly support precision medicine,” said Christine VanZandbergen, VP of IS Applications.


Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.9 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $496 million awarded in the 2020 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 44,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2020, Penn Medicine provided more than $563 million to benefit our community.

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