Harry Hochheiser, PhD

Room 417
5607 Baum Boulevard
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Primary Appointment: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor in the Intelligent Systems Program
Associate Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Peer-reviewed Publications: 
My research has covered a range of topics, including human-computer interaction, information visualization, bioinformatics, universal usability, security, privacy, and public policy implications of computing systems. I have published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and two book chapters. I am currently working on the development of highly-interactive, user-centered systems for finding and exploring biomedical datasets, with specific applications ranging from basic research data to electronic health records. Earlier efforts included NSF-funded projects in computer security in introductory computer science classes and computational thinking. In addition to my research experience in computer science education, I have taught and developed several courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including Introductory Computer Science, Introduction to Algorithms, Information Visualization, Advanced Web Development, and Human-Computer Interaction. I am a reviewer for several journals, including Information Visualization, ACM Transactions on Human Computer Interaction, Interacting with Computers, Risk Analysis, and Advances in Bioinformatics. I have also served on program committees for several conferences, including the IEEE Information Visualization Symposium (2007-2009), the ACM Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (2009-2010), Advanced Visual Interfaces (2010), and the Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems Workshop (2009-2010). I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Computing Machinery's US Public Policy Committee (USACM) since 2004, and I am co-author of Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (Wiley, 2010).
Research/Scholarship Interests: 
biomedical informatics; bioinformatics; clinical informatics; collaborative science; human-computer interaction; information visualization; computer-supported cooperative work; Attitude of Health Personnel; Humans; Workflow; Young Adult; Aged; Adult; Nursing Methodology Research; Qualitative Research; Nursing Staff, Hospital; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; Nursing Evaluation Research; Point-of-Care Systems; United States; Male; Electronic Health Records; Nursing Records; Middle Aged
(Legend: Current Major/ Current Minor, Non-current Major/ Non-current Minor)
Education & Training: 
Post-Doctoral Computational Biology National Institute on Aging in 2006
PhD Computer Science University of Maryland in 2003
MS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991
BS Computer Science and Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991
Academic Appointments: 
2012 - present
Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
2009 - present
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Grants & Contracts: 
09/15/2015 - 06/30/2019
NLM 1 R01 LM012095
Development and Evaluation of a Learning Electronic Medical Record System
Role: Co-Investigator
09/15/2014 - 08/31/2018
NHGRI U54HG008540
Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery of Biomedical Knowledge from Big Data
Role: Co-Investigator
08/1/2014 - 07/31/2015
NIH R24OD011883
Supplement to Supplement to Semantic LAMHDI: Linking diseases to model organism resources
Role: Co-Investigator
05/1/2014 - 04/30/2019
NIH/NCI 1 U24 CA184407-01
Cancer Deep Phenotype Extraction from Electronic Medical Records
Role: Co-Investigator
05/1/2014 - 04/30/2019
NIH 1U01DE024425-01
Human Genomics Analysis Interface for FaceBase 2
Role: Co-Investigator
02/1/2014 - 02/1/2018
Baobab Health Trust (CDC) U2GGH00729
Improving the delivery & management of HIV /AIDS care in Malawi through Appropriate Medical Informatics
Role: Co-Investigator
02/1/2014 - 01/31/2017
NIH/NLM 1 R01 LM011838-01
Addressing gaps in clinically useful evidence on drug-drug interactions
Role: Co-Investigator
09/1/2012 - 06/30/2016
Oregon Health Sciences University (NIH) 1R24 OD011883
Semantic LAMHDI: Linking diseases to model organism resources
Role: Co-Investigator
07/1/2012 - 06/30/2016
AHRQ 5R01HS021290
Quantifying Electronic Medical Records Usability to Improve Clinical Workflow
Role: Co-Investigator
04/1/2012 - 03/31/2014
DHHS 90TR0002-01
SHARP Area 4: Secondary Use of EHR Data
Role: Co-Investigator
04/1/2012 - 03/31/2015
NIH 1U01HL112707
Sarcoidosis and A1AT Genomics & Informatics Center
Role: Co-Investigator
09/9/2011 - 04/30/2014
NIH 3U01DE020050-03S1
Ontology-based integration of human studies data
Role: Co-Investigator
07/1/2011 - 08/31/2015
NIH 1R01LM010964
Interactive Search and Review of Clinical Records with Multi-layered Semantic Annotation
Role: Co-Investigator
09/21/2009 - 04/30/2014
University of Iowa (NIH) 5 U01 DE020057-04
FaceBase Data Management and Coordination Hub
Role: Co-Investigator



Landis-Lewis, Z., Brehaut, J. C., Hochheiser, H., Douglas, G. P., & Jacobson, R. S. (2015). Computer-supported feedback message tailoring: theory-informed adaptation of clinical audit and feedback for learning and behavior change. Implementation Science, 10(1), 1.

Haendel, M. A., Vasilevsky, N., Brush, M., Hochheiser, H. S., Jacobsen, J., Oellrich, A., … Smedley, D. (2015). Disease insights through cross-species phenotype comparisons. Mammalian Genome, 26(9-10), 548–555. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00335-015-9577-8  PMID: 26092691  PMCID: PMC4602072

Borromeo CD, Schleyer TK, Becich MJ, Hochheiser H.  Finding Collaborators: Toward Interactive Discovery Tools for Research Network Systems. J Med Internet Res 2014;16(11):e244 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.3444 PMID: 25370463

Ayvaz, S., Zhu, Q., Hochheiser, H., Brochhausen, M., Horn, J., Dumontier, M., … Boyce, R. D. (2014). Drug-Drug Interaction Data Source Survey and Linking. AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings, 2014, 16. PMID: 25717393 PMCID: PMC4333686

Ligons, F. M., Mello-Thoms, C., Handler, S. M., Romagnoli, K. M., & Hochheiser, H. (2014). Assessing the impact of cognitive impairment on the usability of an electronic medication delivery unit in an assisted living population. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 83(11), 841–848. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.07.004 PMID: 25153770 PMCID: PMC4268135

Lazar J, Hochheiser H. Legal Aspects of Interface Accessibility in the U.S. Communications of the ACM. 2013 Dec; 56 (12):74-80.

Brinkley JF, Borromeo C, Clarkson M, Cox TC, Cunningham MJ, Detwiler LT, Heike CL, Hochheiser H, Mejino L, Travillian RS, Shapiro LG. The Ontology of Craniofacial Development and Malformation for translational craniofacial research. Seminars in Medical Genetics DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31377. 2013 Oct 4; 1-14. PMID: 24124010.

Handler SM, Boyce RD, Ligons FM, Perera S, Nace DA, Hochheiser H. Use and Perceived Benefits of Mobile Devices by Physicians in Preventing Adverse Drug Events in the Nursing Home. Journal of The American Medical Directors Association. 2013 Oct 2. PMID: 24094901.

Romagnoli KM, Handler SM, Hochheiser H. Home care: more than just a visiting nurse. BMJ quality & safety. 2013 Aug 12. PMID: 23940375.

Romagnoli KM, Handler SM, Ligons FM, Hochheiser H. Home-care nurses’ perceptions of unmet information needs and communication difficulties of older patients in the immediate post-hospital discharge period. BMJ quality & safety. 2013 Apr; 22 (4):324-32. PMCID: PMC3694324. PMID: 23362507.

Boyce RD, Freimuth RR, Romagnoli KM, Pummer T, Hochheiser H, Empey PE. Toward semantic modeling of pharmacogenomic knowledge for clinical and translational decision support. 2013; 28-32. PMCID: PMC3814496. PMID: 24303292.

Clayton M, Borromeo C, Hess S, Hochheiser H, Schleyer T. An initial, qualitative investigation of patient-centered education in dentistry. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2013; 183:314-8. PMID: 23388305.

Brian Wentz, Harry Hochheiser, and Jonathan Lazar. 2013. A survey of blind users on the usability of email applications. Univers. Access Inf. Soc. 12, 3 (August 2013), 327-336. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10209-012-0285-9

Brinkley, J. F., Borromeo, C., Clarkson, M., Cox, T. C., Cunningham, M. J., Detwiler, L. T., … Shapiro, L. G. (2013). The Ontology of Craniofacial Development and Malformation for translational craniofacial research. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics, 0(4), 232–245. http://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.c.31377 PMID: 24124010 PMCID: PMC4041627