Profile

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University and the Associate Chief Research Information Officer for the Wexner Medical Center. My current research interests are in information fusion of structured and unstructured clinical information in the electronic health record, telemedicine, clinical and translational informatics, usability of clinical systems, clinical workflow modeling, and thin client computing.

I was formerly an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. I was also the Assistant Clinical Director of the Center for Advanced Information Management. My research while in this position was in temporal reasoning and home telemedicine.

I received my PhD in February 2007 from the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center. I defended my dissertation, A Remote Training Approach for Teaching Seniors to Use a Telehealth System, "with distinction." This research was conducted in conjunction with and implemented in the IDEATel project.

I received my BS in Computer Science, Systems Track at Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science in May 2000. I also received my MS in Computer Science from Columbia in May 2001. While working on my masters, I did research in thin-client computing over Internet2 with the Network Computing Lab. In addition, I used to be a Computer Consultant at Columbia University's Academic Information Systems (now CUIT), in the Academic Technologies Group.


Publications
Stochastic Curtailment of Health Questionnaires: A Method to Reduce Respondent Burden
Finkelman MD, He Y, Kim W, Lai AM, Statistics in Medicine, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 26 April 2011.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sim.4231
Evaluation of a Remote Training Approach for Teaching Seniors to use a Telehealth System
Lai AM, Kaufman DR, Starren J, and Shea S, Int J Med Inform, 2009;78(11):732-744
http://dx.doi.org/DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2009.06.005
Natural Language Processing for Lyme Disease Reporting
Frances Morrison, Albert M. Lai, George Hripcsak, Abstract in Proceedings of the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Conference, Atlanta, GA, August 30-September 3, 2009.
A Randomized Trial Comparing Telemedicine Case Management with Usual Care in Older, Ethnically Diverse, Medically Underserved Patients with Diabetes Mellitus: 5 Year Results of the IDEATel Study
Shea S, Weinstok RS, Teresi JA, Palmas W, Starren J, Ciminio JJ, Lai AM, Field F, Morin PC, Golan R, Izquierdo RE, Ebner S, Silver S, Petkova E, Kong J, Eimicke JP for the IDEATel Consortium, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009;16:446-456.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M3157
Syndromic Surveillance Using Ambulatory Electronic Health Records
George Hripcsak, Nicholas D. Soulakis, Li Li, Frances P. Morrison, Albert M. Lai, Carol Friedman, Neil S. Calman, Farzad Mostashari, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009;16(3):354-61.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M2922
Repurposing the clinical record: can an existing natural language processing system de-identify clinical notes?
Frances P. Morrison, Li Li, Albert M. Lai, George Hripcsak, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009;16(1), pp. 37-39.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1197/jamia.M2862
The Effects of Redesigning the IDEATel Architecture on Glucose Uploads
Charlyn A. Hilliman, James J. Cimino, Albert M. Lai, David R. Kaufman, Justin B. Starren, and Steven Shea for the IDEATel Consortium,Telemedicine and e-Health. 2009;15(3):248-54.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2008.0101
Fuzzy Temporal Constraint Networks for Clinical Information
Albert M. Lai, Simon Parsons, and George Hripcsak, Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2008 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, November 8-12, 2008.
The REmote Patient Education in a Telemedicine Environment Architecture (REPETE)
Albert M. Lai, Justin B. Starren, David R. Kaufman, Eneida A. Mendonca, Walter Palmas, Jason Nieh, and Steven Shea for the IDEATel Consortium, Telemedicine and e-Health. 2008;14(4):355-361.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2007.0066
REPETE2: A Next Generation Home Telemedicine Architecture
Albert M. Lai, Jason Nieh, and Justin B. Starren for the IDEATel Consortium, Abstract in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2007 Annual Symposium, Chicago, IL, November 10-14, 2007.
Training Digital Divide Seniors to use a Telehealth System: A Remote Training Approach
Albert M. Lai, David Kaufman, and Justin B. Starren for the IDEATel Consortium, Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2006 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, November 11-15, 2006.
On the Performance of Wide-Area Thin-Client Computing
Albert M. Lai and Jason Nieh, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS), 24(2), May 2006, pp. 175-209.
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1132026.1132029
A Novel Solution for Remote Training of Home Telemedicine Patients
Albert M. Lai, Justin Starren, and Steven Shea, Proceedings of the American Telemedicine Association Eleventh Annual Meeting & Exposition (ATA 2006), San Diego, CA, May 7-10, 2006, p. 213.
Architecture for Remote Training of Home Telemedicine Patients
Albert M. Lai, Justin B. Starren, and Steven Shea for the IDEATel Consortium, Abstract in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2005 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, October 22-26, 2005. (poster)
Web Content Delivery Using Thin-Client Computing
Albert M. Lai and Jason Nieh, book chapter in "Web Content Delivery (Web Information Systems Engineering and Internet Technologies Book Series)," edited by S. T. Chanson, X. Tang, J. Xu, Springer, August 2005.
Remote Display Performance for Wireless Heathcare Computing
Albert Max Lai, Jason Nieh, Andrew Laine, and Justin Starren, Proceedings of the Eleventh World Conference on Medical Informatics (Medinfo 2004), San Francisco, CA, September 7-11, 2004, pp. 1438-42.
Improving Web Browsing on Wireless PDAs Using Thin-Client Computing
Albert M. Lai, Jason Nieh, Bhagyashree Bohra, Vijayarka Nandikonda, Abhishek P. Surana, and Suchita Varshneya, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2004), New York, NY, May 17-22, 2004, pp. 143-154.
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/988672.988692
Thin Client Performance for Remote 3-D Image Display
Albert Lai, Jason Nieh, Andrew Laine, and Justin Starren, Abstract in Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2003 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, November 8-12, 2003, p. 904. (poster)
Limits of Wide-Area Thin-Client Computing
Albert Lai and Jason Nieh, Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (SIGMETRICS 2002), Marina del Rey, CA, June 2002, pp. 228-239.
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/511334.511363
Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Albert M. Lai, PhD
The Ohio State University
250 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
T: (614) 293-9286
F: (614) 688-6600
albert.lai@osumc.edu

Office Location:
310A Lincoln Tower