Fuchiang (Rich) Tsui, PhD

Room 437L
5607 Baum Blvd.
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Primary Appointment: 

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Intelligent Systems
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science
Associate Director, RODS Laboratory
Biomedical Informatics Training Program Core Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peer-reviewed Publications: 
Dr. Tsui's research interest includes Clinical informatics, public health informatics, biosurveillance, machine learning, (big) data mining, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, mobile healthcare, precision medicine, data warehouse, time series analysis, signal processing, and large real-time production systems. He has been working in medical informatics for more than 18 years. Dr. Tsui has produced over 100 peer-reviewed publications and his publications have been actively cited (Google h-index: 39). Dr. Tsui has extensive knowledge and experience building large informatics production systems. At the University of Pittsburgh, he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering, premed training, and postdoctoral training in medical informatics. He has built several large real-time informatics production systems: (1) Clinical Event Monitor System (CLEM) that serves as a decision support system and reports notifiable diseases at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in real-time, (2) Realtime Outbreak and Disease Surveillance System (RODS) that collects and monitors emergency department visits at UPMC, and (3) National Retail Data Monitor (NRDM) that collects and monitors over-the-counter medication sales from over 32,000 retail stores across the nation. Recently, he has been working with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to build his 4th production system SHARP, a realtime decision support system that helps clinicians and patient care teams identify and manage patients at high-risk for 30-day readmission.
Research/Scholarship Interests: 
Public Health Informatics; clinical informatics; Machine Learning; biosurveillance; artificial intelligence; natural language processing; (big) data mining; mobile healthcare; precision medicine; data warehouse; time series analysis; signal processing; large real-time production systems; Commerce; Thermometers
(Legend: Current Major/ Current Minor, Non-current Major/ Non-current Minor)
Honors & Awards: 
Innovation Award, University of Pittsburgh
Distinguished Poster Award in 2014 American Medical Informatics Association annual conference, Washington, DC (among 400+ posters)
Interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times about my latest research work on hospital readmission reduction that could have strong impact to patient care and cost reduction (http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2013/11/22/analytic-tool-helps-docs-make-better.html)
Scientific achievement Award for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance, 2012 Annual International Society for Disease Surveillance: Expanding Collaborations to Chart a New Course in Public Health Surveillance (December 4-5, 2012, San Diego, California), International Society for Disease Surveillance
Invited meeting with the President of Taiwan (President Ma) at the Presidential Building; selected elites in public health surveillance field
Nomination for best paper, 2002 Annual Symposium for Computer Applications in Medical Care: Biomedical Informatics: One Discipline (November 9 - 13, San Antonio, TX), AMIA
Nomination for best paper, 1998 Annual Symp. for Computer Applications in Medical Care: A Paradigm Shift in Health Information Systems: Clinical Infrastructures for the 21st Century (Nov. 7-11), AMIA
Nomination for best paper, 1997Annual Symposium for Computer Applications in Medical Care: The Emergence of 'Internetable' Health Care. Systems That Really Work (October 25-29, Nashville, TN), AMIA
Grants & Contracts: 
09/2016 - 02/2018
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Under agreement
C-WIN: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Warning System
Role: PI (sole)
08/2016 - 07/2018
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Infant mortality prediction and intervention in Allegheny County
Role: PI (sole)
05/2015 - 04/2018
Local Foundation
System for Hospital Adaptive Readmission Prevention and Reduction (SHARP)
Role: PI (sole)
01/2015 - 01/2018
Coulter Foundation
Readmission technology development for Industrial applications
Role: PI (sole)
09/2014 - 08/2015
Pennsylvania Innovation Works
Post discharge monitoring through mobile application
Role: PI (sole)
07/2014 - 06/2016
NIH 5UL1 TR000005
University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Role: Co-Investigator
02/2014 - 01/2015
First Gear, University of Pittsburgh N/A
Hospital Readmission Prediction
Role: PI (sole)
01/2014 - 06/2016
PaTH towards a Learning Health System for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Role: Co-Investigator
07/2013 - 06/2016
NIH/NLM 1 R01 LM011370
Probabilistic Disease Surveillance
Role: Co-Investigator
09/2008 - 09/2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U38HK000063
PA-OH BIG: Building a Regional Biosurveillance Grid for Pennsylvania and Ohio
Role: Principal Investigator (sole)
05/2008 - 08/2009
Houston Department of Health and Human Services 460000897 (08-0672)
The Houston RODS System Expansion of Functionality
Role: Principal Investigator (sole)
01/2008 - 06/2011
Pennsylvania Department of Health SAP #40000012020
Pennsylvania (PA) Biosurveillance
Role: Co-Investigator
Teaching Activities: 
08/31/2015 - 12/19/2015 BIOINF - 2011 - 14178 FDS CLIN & PH INFORMATICS
08/31/2015 - 12/19/2015 BIOINF - 2120 - 19867 SYMBLC MTHS IN ARTFCL INTELGNC





Que, J., & Tsui, F.-C. (2012). Spatial and Temporal Algorithm Evaluation for Detecting Over-The-Counter Thermometer Sale Increases during 2009 H1N1 Pandemic. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 4(1), ojphi.v4i1.3915. http://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v4i1.3915 PMID: 23569624 PMCID: PMC3615801

Tsui F-CWagner MMCooper GQue J, Harkema H,  Dowling J, Sriburadej T,  Li Q, Espino JU, Voorhees R.  Probabilistic case detection for disease surveillance using data in electronic medical records.  Online J Public Health Inform.  2011 Dec;3(3) Epub 2011 Dec 22.  PubMed PMID: 23569615.  PMCID:PMC3615792.

Wagner M, Tsui F, Cooper G, Espino J, Harkema H, Levander J, Villamarin R, Voorhees R, Millett N, Keane C, Dey A, Razdan M, Hu Y, Tsai M, Brown S, Lee BY, Gallagher A, Potter M. Probabilistic, Decision-theoretic Disease Surveillance and Control. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics 3 2011 Dec;3(3) Epub 2011 Dec 22.  PubMed PMID:  23569617.  PMCID:PMC3615794.

Que, J., & Tsui, F.-C. (2011). Rank-based spatial clustering: an algorithm for rapid outbreak detection. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 18(3), 218–224. http://doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000137 PMID: 21486881 PMCID: PMC3078668

Rexit R, Tsui FC, Espino JU, Wesaratchakit S, Ye Y, Chrysanthis PK. Using a distributed search engine to identify optimal product sets for use in an outbreak detection system. International Workshop on Collaborative Big Data (C-Big 2012); 2012 Oct 14 - 17; Pittsburgh, PA. 2014 Oct. 560-66.

Que J., and Tsui F.-C. Evaluation of Two Spatial Algorithms for Detection of Disease Outbreaks in Two States,  AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009(in press).

Tsui F.-C., Sriburadej T.,  Sverchkov Y., Su H., and Espino J. Development of Security Infrastructure for Public Health Grid. 2009 Aug. 30 – Sept. 30 PHIN Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Que J., Tsui F.-C., and Espino J., A Z-Score based multi-level spatial clustering algorithm for the detection of disease outbreaks, Biosecure 2008 Dec, LNCS 5354, pp. 108-118.

Que J. and Tsui F.-C. A multilevel spatial clustering algorithm for detection of disease outbreaks, AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:611-5.  PMCID: PMC2655962

Espino J., Hall K., White P., Washington D., Grant A., Hume A., Antonioletti M., Krause A., Jackson M., Tsui F.-C. and Heinbaugh W., Open-source Collaboration in Practice between RODS, NCPHI Research Lab, University of Edinburgh and Tarrant County Public Health,  2008 Aug. 24-28 PHIN Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Wu TS, Shih FY, Yen MY, Wu JS, Lu SW, Chang KC, Hsiung C, Chou JH, Chu YT, Chang H, Chiu CH, Tsui FCWagner MM, Su IJ, King CC. Establishing a nationwide emergency department-based syndromic surveillance system for better public health responses in Taiwan. BMC Public Health. 2008 Jan 18;8:18.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-8-18.  PMID: 18201388. PMCID:PMC2249581.

Tsai MC, Tsui FC. Biosurveillance grid: evaluation of the distribution of biosurveillance data across multiple computers. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:1138. PMID: 18694235.

Tsai M-C, Tsui F-C, and Wagner MM. An Evaluation of Biosurveillance Grid—Dynamic Algorithm Distribution Across Multiple Computer Nodes. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007:746-750. PMID: 18693936.  PMCID:PMC2655926.

Hogan WR, Tsui F-C, Ivanov I, Gesteland P, Grannis S, Overhage JM, Robinson JM, Wagner MM.  Detection of pediatric respiratory and diarrheal outbreaks from sales of over-the-counter electrolyte products.  JAMIA. 2003 Nov-Dec;10(6):555-62. PMID: 12925542 PMCID:PMC264433

Wagner MM, Robinson JM, Tsui FC, Espino JU, Hogan WR. Design of a national retail data monitor for public health surveillance. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2003 Sep-Oct; 10(5):409-18. Epub 2003 Jun 4. PMID: 12807802. PMCID: PMC212777