Who: Arlene Chung
Occupation: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Assistant Director of Health Information Technology, UNC’s Core Facility in Bioinformatics
Why she’s influential: Chung works to both increase and enhance the use of technology to improve healthcare. One such project she helped to lead involved the development of a patient-powered research network for sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease as part of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The network allows for patients to complete surveys and contribute health data via mobile health apps and devices; patients also are able to view their own data and trends.
“Arlene was instrumental in the build of our patient dashboard and in advising us on how to best integrate data from mobile health devices/trackers with data from our research surveys,” Michael Kappelman, a pediatric gastroenterologist who worked with Chung on the project, told FierceHealthIT. “She works very well in multidisciplinary teams and speaks many ‘languages’ (medical/informatics), which makes her a very good ‘translator.’”
Chung will serve as one of 10 inaugural members of the National Institutes of Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program’s Institutional Review Board. She will provide insight on mobile health, digital health and informatics.