Nabil Adam is a highly distinguished Professor of Medicine and Computer & Information Systems at Rutgers University. He specializes in cybersecurity, machine learning, healthcare technology, and clinical/healthcare informatics. Dr. Adam is one of the most accomplished professionals in these industries, which has earned him over six prestigious awards, some multiple times. Throughout his career, Nabil wrote prolifically and has written over 200 publications and 11 books. Not only is he a successful professor but Nabil mentors Ph.D. students, speaks at conferences on a variety of subjects both nationally and internationally, holds chairman and vice-chairman positions on over 20 boards, and has founded/co-founded nine initiatives for Rutgers University and various award-winning organizations. Nabil holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cairo University, two Master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Columbia University.
For the past 43 years, Nabil Adam has held a faculty position at Rutgers University and recently established himself as an integral faculty member at the New Jersey Medical School, where he teaches Medicine. Nabil strives to assist his students in their academic success as much as possible and has mentored over 20 Ph.D. students with their theses and research. Dr. Adam has not confined his teaching prowess to the United States. Instead, he undertook visiting professorships in the Netherlands as well.
Outside of his teaching duties, Nabil spent over five years with the Department of Homeland Security, where he was assigned to the Science & Technology Directorate. He was responsible for mentoring scientists, engineers, and program managers, while simultaneously managing “Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis” and leading the “Cyber-physical Systems Security” and “Unified Incident Command Decision Support” initiatives. Additionally, Nabil was assigned to the position of Program Chair for a variety of related committees and workshops including Modeling, Simulation, & Analysis for Homeland Security, Emergency Management: Incident, Resource, & Supply Chain Management workshop, and Future Directions in Cyber-physical Systems Security to name only a few.
Several years prior, Nabil Adam worked as a Research Fellow for the NASA Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences. This program was created to bring leading computer scientists together to collaborate and conduct research applicable to space and earth sciences; Nabil was one of the chosen few and took part in several initiatives including the Management of the Largest Unclassified Archive in the World, Data Warehousing/Mining of Earth Observing System Data & Information Systems and Geodata Modeling and Query in GIS. Dr. Adam also participated in the commercialization of Linux/Red Hate software and served as a member of the scientific and management team whose purpose was to establish a commercial sector for the Universities’ Space Research Association.
Each year, Nabil Adam is invited as a keynote speaker to a wide variety of talks and conferences around the globe. To date, Nabil has given over 50 talks on topics in which he specializes, such as Next Generation Information Technologies and Systems, Informational Technology Applications in Biomedicine, Cyber Security Challenges around the World, and spoke at the International Conference on Higher Education.
It comes as no surprise that Dr. Adam is an award-winning professional. He has earned over 22 awards and recognitions throughout his career including the IEEE 2012 Research Achievement & Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics, the FASIP Award an astounding 15 times, and the Dean Horace DePodwin Research Award. Nabil is the co-founder of a handful of initiatives that have positively impacted the world at large, including the Rutgers Institute for Data Science, Learning & Applications, Regional Drinking Water Safety and Security Consortium, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Digital Libraries. Nabil also established the Science Summer Camp as an offshoot of a Rutgers University program to provide training to teachers and education to inner-city students ranging from elementary to high school level youths.
IEEE 2012 Research Achievement and Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics
Honorable Mention for the 2010 Under-Secretary’s Award for Science and Technology, US Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
Elected as a distinguished speaker (on Digital Libraries/Electronic Commerce) in the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP)
Healthcare informatics is an ever growing and evolving field. With advancements in health informatics we have the ability to improve patient access, care, and outcomes. That being said, I’ve gathered together my top 5 favorite TED Talks on healthcare informatics to share with you.
Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing The Medical Data Explosion
In his talk, Anders Ynnerman discusses the challenge that doctors face when they’re inundated with data, so much data that it can be overwhelming to analyze and know what information is actually useful. Ynnerman discusses the new technologies including virtual autopsies that can help doctors parse that data to make sound medical decisions. Be forewarned that the presentation does include some highly graphic images.
Data Driven Healthcare: It’s Personal by Aaron Black
Director of Informatics at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Aaron Black, talks about the various ways in which predictive health data models can be personalized to drive better healthcare decisions and improve patient outcomes.
Thomas Goetz: It’s Time to Redesign Medical Data
Thomas Goetz, author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, discusses the importance of making medical information and health records accessible to patients in ways that help people engage in their own healthcare.
Future Medicine: Modern Informatics by Richard Frackowiack
Dr. Richard Frackowiack explains how data mining in hospitals can lead to more precise diagnosis and treatment of harmful diseases. Dr. Frackowiack discusses how all the data available through patient medical records along with research data can provide better, more accurate, predictive models for dealing with disease.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – It’s about Time by Casey Bennett
In this talk, Dr. Casey Bennett, Chief Scientific Officer for Faros Healthcare, discusses how artificial intelligence can be utilized in healthcare to make better decisions, access better information, and ultimately empower patients.
Advancements in modern medicine benefit physicians and patients alike. Innovations in pediatric medicine offer a better outlook for the youngest of patients. Physicians are better able to diagnose a problem quickly. Advancements also pave the way for various treatment options.
The American Cancer Society reports that cancer remains the second leading cause of death among youngsters aged 14 and under. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with having some form of cancer each year. In lieu of statistics, the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at the Children’s Hospital in Phoenix is researching how to improve the diagnostic process using gene sequencing. By more accurately diagnosing the type of cancer a child has, physicians have the opportunity to implement more targeted treatment.
3D Imaging and Printing
Physicians are more often combining imaging studies with 3D printing to better understand a variety of health problems in young patients. Radiological images may be converted into three-dimensional models of cardiac defects, orthopedic fractures, or diseased internal organs. By being able to visualize a problem, physicians can better understand many different factors involving the diagnosis and arrive at an optimal treatment plan. The technology has also enabled technicians to print components of human anatomy to replace diseased or damaged structures.
The app is available for download on tablet devices to provide continual monitoring of young patients. Parents and medical team members can submit data that tracks a child’s oxygen levels, nutritional intake, and other information to determine a youngster’s health. The app is particularly useful for monitoring children having sleep apnea, cardiovascular problems, or diabetes.
Innovations made in technology and medicine enable surgeons to perform more complex procedures. In recent years, staff members from the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital and Penn Medicine performed a double hand transplant on an eight-year-old child. The surgery was a success and enabled the boy to accomplish a variety of tasks that once were impossible.
Researchers from San Francisco, California, created a system known as CliniCloud. The technology involves a wireless thermometer and a stethoscope that links with a smartphone. By positioning the mobile device on various chest locations, the system records the child’s breathing patterns, heart rate, and body temperature. The readings are then transmitted to the youngster’s physician for analysis.
Diabetes management has undergone a radical transformation within the last few years, thanks to technology. The internet has provided a strong voice for the diabetic community. Finger pricks are being replaced by continuous glucose monitors, and insulin pumps and digital patches allow for insulin dosage to be more predictable.
The Push For Change
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 425 million patients worldwide have diabetes. One in eleven worldwide people manages this chronic condition daily. Diabetes has many potential complications, including blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, or the need to amputate part of a limb. The number is predicted to climb to 629 million within 25 years. This has caused diabetes tech companies to work on providing solutions for the easing of everyday struggles with diabetes. The online diabetes community, which is widely active, is pushing to make management of the disease easier, simpler, and more efficient.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Regardless of whether a patient has Type 1 diabetes, wherein the body fails to produce insulin, or Type 2, wherein the body is incapable of using insulin effectively, the patient needs to check the levels of blood glucose regularly. This can mean using a meter up to ten times daily. Further, this requires a prick of the finger each time, which is a literal pain that can be a daunting prospect as one considers committing to this routine for a lifetime. Fortunately, many efforts have been undertaken to replace this routine. DexCom has been working on technologies for continuous glucose sensing since 1999. A sensor is inserted under the skin, and people with diabetes can check their blood sugar at any time through the day and night. One sensor system lets the person with diabetes forget about its presence for three months each time.
Digital Skin Patches
Some people object to having sensors implanted into their bodies, rather like RFID chips. They prefer and push for non-invasive solutions. One such is a sticky skin patch that painlessly pulls a small collection of glucose out of the interstitial fluid. Early study results do provide a caveat that, thus far, this patch is not as accurate as other solutions. However, it is a progressive technology that offers promise.
One technology that has been around for a while, but is ever improving in accuracy and efficiency is insulin pumps. Insulin pumps allow those with diabetes to go about their life without worrying about constantly checking their levels. Some insulin pumps can even predict when a diabetic will need insulin and deliver it in a way that prevents any drastic swings in blood glucose levels. Eliminating swings in blood sugar levels helps those with diabetes to feel better. Pumps can even work overnight while the individual is asleep.
Diabetes is life altering; however, with the help of technology, those who live with the condition can maintain a sense of normalcy. Today’s technological advances in diabetes care can help patients manage their diabetes more effectively and with fewer disruptions to their lives.