Creating a Sustainable Neuroinformatics Ecosphere

Thursday September 15, 2016,  9:00am – 5:00pm

The Marriott Residence Inn, National Harbor, MD

The second meeting of our Working Group on Neurocritical Care Informatics was held September 15, 2016 just prior to the annual meeting of the Neurocritical Care Society in National Harbor, MD.

This Year’s Theme:

Creating a Sustainable Neuroinformatics Ecosphere

  • Sustainable:  moving beyond a solution for one institution or clinical trial to a standards-based methodology that is sustainable in terms of value and economics
  • Ecosphere:  the web of data sources, applications, portals, etc. that can be interconnected to provide precision medicine, optimum workflows, patient safety, and continuous learning


  • Connecting the Ecosphere:  This session will highlight connectivity challenges beyond devices (EMR, infusion pump, etc,) as well as continuing efforts to achieve a seamless data flow.
  • The Value Proposition: This session will focus on uses of the data that bring value to patient care and add to the sustainability of the ecosphere. Topics will include alarms, apps, precision medicine, decision support, visualization, and others.
  • The Future:  We will have an ending keynote presentation on the future of informatics and cognitive computing.

Government Agency and Non-profit Participation

As recommended at last year’s meeting and due to our Washington meeting location, we have invited participants from NIH, FDA, and the Dept of Defense.  We are also inviting participants from several standards and safety organizations.  We are in the process of confirming participants.

Meeting Mission

We hope to accomplish the following at this meeting:

  • Continue to develop a general architecture for informatics in neurocritical care.
  • Identify the “problem areas” which serve as barriers to the implementation of a “connected” and “smart” neuro ICU (e.g. device connectivity, regulatory issues, data standards, etc.). The preliminary list of these problem areas are the Topics found on this website.
  • Develop steps to address these problem areas in the form of published and vetted Recommendations. We will finalize the first Recommendation which was started at the 2015 meeting.
  • Explore projects and identify funding that will implement and validate our architecture.

Meeting Format

A complete program will be posted by late August.

This will be a full-day meeting this year.  We anticipate short presentations by authorities in disciplines related to the information architecture as well as the problem areas. These will be followed by moderated discussion periods to close in on Recommendations specific to the Topic. A general discussion of projects and funding will be held. We hope to have attendees from several funding agencies at the meeting. Continued work will be done after the meeting via the Forums on this website and smaller targeted meetings during the year.

Who Should Attend

The meeting will be of interest to the following:

  • Those interested in informatics, data analytics, visualization, decision support, machine learning, and cognitive computing.
  • Those interested in precision medicine and the informatics ecosystem necessary to support it.
  • Those interested in device and data interoperability and resulting big picture problems it can address such as cost reduction, workflow optimization, and patient safety.
  • Those interested in empowering nurses, physicians, and others with the tools informatics can provide
  • Those involved in planning a new or upgraded neuro ICU.
  • Those planning or funding multi-center clinical trials.
  • Representatives from academia, industry, and organizations who want to play a role in this transformation.

Registration and Accommodations

There is no fee to register; however, we ask that you be prepared to contribute to the goals of the workshop.  Registration is limited to 60 attendees.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Marriott Residence Inn (across the street from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center). The block rate is $179/night which is good from Sept 14 to Sept 18.

If you would like to help with the workshop or have some ideas for content please contact us at [email protected].

Registration is now closed.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms for this event for $179/night at the Residence Inn National Harbor.
Click here to learn more and take advantage of the promotional rate.