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maxim topaz

Research topics:

Health Information Technology

Health and Nursing Informatics

Clinical Decision Support

Natural Language Processing

Data and Text Mining

 

Maxim Topaz PhD, RN, MA is a health infromatician. His work is broadly focused on identifying innovative ways to promote human health through information technology.

 

Maxim completed numerous studies of clinical decision support, focusing on homecare settings, and is now involved in creating natural language processing applications for big data analysis. Specifically, he creates automated tools (based on data and text mining) to extract relevant clinical data from health narratives, such as free text clinical notes, social media or scientific literature to improve clinical practice and conduct large studies. His pioneering work so far focused on several nursing specific domains such as self-management (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27628125 ) or wound information extraction (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27668855 ).     

Maxim published more than four dozen manuscripts on topics related to nursing and health informatics. He serves as a Member-at-large at the Nursing Informatics Working Group with American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and was a co-creator and a chair of a new nursing students’ working group with International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Haifa, Israel, PhD degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Health Hospital (Boston, MA, USA). 

Education

Year of Approval of Degree Degree

Name of Institution

and Department

Period of Study
2007

B.A. in Nursing, registered nurse (RN).

University of Haifa; The Cheryl Spenser Department of Nursing, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences 2003-2007
2009 M.A. in Gerontology, Cum Laude University of Haifa; Department of Gerontology, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences 2007- 2009
2014

Ph.D.

 

University of Pennsylvania: School of Nursing (Philadelphia, PA, USA) 2010-2014
2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medicine Harvard Medical School & Brigham Women’s Health Hospital (Boston, MA, USA) 2014-2016

 

Publications

Research investigations

  1. Masterson Creber RM, Kang Y, Topaz M, Lennie TA, Riegel B. Discordance between Self-Reported and 24-Hour Urine Sodium Intake and Predictors of Sodium Non-Adherence, J Card Fail 2012;18-22.
  2. Meleis AI, Topaz M. Nursing theory of the future: situation-specific theories, Pflege 2011;24:345-347.
  3. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Masterson-Creber R, Bowles KH. Putting evidence to work: Using standardized terminologies to incorporate clinical practice guidelines within homecare electronic health records. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2012;16:1694-1699.
  4. Topaz M, Bowles KH. Electronic Health Records and Quality of Care: Mixed Results and Emerging Debates. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2012;16.
  5. Topaz M, Shafran-Topaz L, Bowles KH. ICD-9 to ICD-10: Evolution, Revolution and Current Debates in the US, Perspectives in Health Information Management 2012.
  6. Topaz M. One paper’s journey: from class assignment to journal publication, Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 2013;1:54-57.
  7. Riegel B, Dickson VV, Topaz M. Qualitative Analysis of Naturalistic Decision Making in Adults with Chronic Heart Failure, Nurs Res 2012;62:91-8.
  8. Topaz M, Johnson A, Pinilla R, Rand C, George M. Primary Care Providers’ Attitudes and Beliefs About Patients’ Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use for Asthma Self-Management: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Asthma & Allergy Educators 2012;3:255-263.
  9. Bowles KH, Potashnik S, Ratcliffe SJ, Rosenberg M, Shih NW, Topaz M, Holmes JH, Naylor MD. Conducting research using the electronic health record across multi-hospital systems: semantic harmonization implications for administrators, J Nurs Adm 2013;43:355-360.
  10. Creber RM, Lee CS, Lennie TA, Topaz M, Riegel B. Using Growth Mixture Modeling to Identify Classes of Sodium Adherence in Adults With Heart Failure, J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  11. George M,* Topaz M.* A systematic review of complementary and alternative medicine for asthma self-management, Nurs Clin North Am 2013;48:53-149.
  12. Masterson Creber R, Topaz M, Lennie TA, Lee CS, Puzantian H, Riegel B. Identifying predictors of high sodium excretion in patients with heart failure: A mixed effect analysis of longitudinal data, Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  13. Radhakrishnan K, Bowles K, Hanlon A, Topaz M, Chittams J. A retrospective study on patient characteristics and telehealth alerts indicative of key medical events for heart failure patients at a home health agency, Telemed J E Health 2013;19:664-670.
  14. Radhakrishnan K,* Topaz M,* Creber RM. Adapting Heart Failure Guidelines for Nursing Care in Home Health Settings: Challenges and Solutions, J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  15. Topaz M, Troutman (Flood) M, MacKenzie M. Construction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction: A history and evolution of theories of aging. Nursing Science Quarterly 2013;19;27(3):226-233.
  16. Topaz M, Doron I. Nurses' attitudes toward older patients in acute care in Israel, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 2013;18.
  17. Topaz M, Rao A, Masterson Creber R, Bowles KH. Educating clinicians on new elements incorporated into the electronic health record: theories, evidence, and one educational project, Comput Inform Nurs 2013;31:375-9.
  18. Topaz M. Developing a Clinical Decision Support Tool for Patient Prioritization at Admission to Home Health Care, AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2013 [Section: Doctoral Consortium on Sociotechnical Issues in Biomedical Informatics] 2013:681-686.
  19. Topaz M, Shalom E, Masterson-Creber R, Rhadakrishnan K, Monsen KA, Bowles KH. Developing nursing computer interpretable guidelines: a feasibility study of heart failure guidelines in homecare, AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2013; 1353-1361.
  20. Topaz M. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to nursing informatics theory: using the Data-Knowledge-Information-Wisdom framework to guide informatics research, Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2013;13.
  21. Topaz M, Ash N. Overview of the US policies for health information technology and lessons learned for Israel [In Hebrew], Harefuah 2013;152:262-6, 310, 309.
  22. Gerber A, Topaz M. Promoting Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology in Israel: Ministry of Health Vision. Nursing Informatics Bi-Annual International Congress Proceedings 2014:568-575.
  23. Bowles KH, Hanlon A, Holland D, Potashnik SL, Topaz M. Impact of discharge planning decision support on time to readmission among older adult medical patients, Prof Case Manag 2014;19:29-38.
  24. Topaz M, Golfenshtein N, Bowles KH. The Omaha System: a systematic review of the recent literature, J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014;21:163-170.
  25. Zisberg A, Topaz M, Winterstein T. Effect of nursing education on students’ knowledge, attitudes and preferences to work with older adults: An Israeli perspective, Journal of Transcultural Nursing 2014: pii:1043659614526252. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24848351.
  26. George, M., Topaz, M., Rand, C., Mao, C. & Shea, J.A. Negative inhaled corticosteroid beliefs and complementary and alternative medicine use in urban adults with asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014;134(6):1252-9.
  27. Topaz M, Kang Y, Holland D, Bowles KH. Higher 30 and 60-day readmissions among patients who refuse post acute care serves. American Journal of Managed Care [In Press, May 2015].
  28. Heil E, Tanzinger M, Hanon A, Topaz M, Bowles KH. Successful electronic implementation of discharge referral decision support has a positive impact on 30 and 60-day readmissions. Research in Nursing & Health [In Press, April 2015].
  29. Lai KH, Topaz M, Goss FR, Zhou L. Automated Misspelling Detection and Correction in Clinical Free-Text Records. J Biomed Inform 2015;S1532-0464(15)00075-1.
  30. Topaz M, Seger D, Lai K, Wickner P, Goss F, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates W D, Zhou L. High Override Rate for Opioid Drug-allergy Interaction Alerts: Current Trends and Recommendations for Future. MEDINFO 2105 proceedings.
  31. Zhou L, Baughman AW, Lei VJ, Lai KH, Navathe AS, Chang F, Sordo Sanchez M, Topaz M, Zhong F, Murrali M, Navathe S, Rocha RA. Identifying Patients with Depression Using Free-text Clinical Documents. MEDINFO 2105 proceedings [Best Paper Award Nominee].
  32. Topaz M, Lisby M, Morrison C, Levtzion-Korach O, Hockey PM, 5, Salzberg CA, Efrati N, Lipsitz S, Bates DW, Rozenblum R. Nurses' perspectives on patient satisfaction and expectations: An international cross-sectional multicenter study with implications for evidence-based practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing [In Press, Fall 2015].
  33. Topaz M. Benefits and Lessons Learned from Organizing and Managing an International Nursing Students’ Group in Informatics, Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 2014;1: 4-7.
  34. Topaz M, Seger D, Lai K, Wickner P, Goss F, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates W D, Zhou L. Rising drug allergy alert overrides in electronic health records: an observational retrospective study of a decade of experience. J Am Med Inform Assoc [In Press, Fall 2015]. 
  35. Nandigam  H, Topaz M. Mapping Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT) to International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD-10-CM): Lessons Learned from Applying National Library of Medicine’s Mappings. Perspectives in Health Information Management, July 2016.
  36. Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Pruinelli L, Ramos R, Peltonen LM, Siirala E, Atique S, Hamann G, Badger MK. Central trends in nursing informatics: students' reflections from International Congress on Nursing Informatics 2014 (Taipei, Taiwan). Comput Inform Nurs 2015 Mar;33(3):85-9. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000139. PubMed PMID: 25793554.
  37. Koru G, AlHuwail D, Topaz M, Norcio AF, Mills ME. Investigating the challenges and opportunities in home care to facilitate effective information technology adoption. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association [In Press, Fall 2015].
  38. Plasek JM, Goss FR, Lai KH, Lau JJ, Seger DL, Blumenthal KG, Wickner PG, Slight SP, Chang FY, Topaz M, Bates DW, Zhou L. Food entries in a large allergy data repository. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015. pii: ocv128. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv128. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26384406.
  39. Huang KP, Joyce CJ, Topaz M, Guo Y, Mostaghimi A. Cardiovascular risk in patients with alopecia areata (AA): A propensity-matched retrospective analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 May 13. pii: S0190-9622(16)01504-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.02.1234. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27183846.
  40. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Blakley S, Lei V, Lai K, Zhou L. (2016). Studying associations between heart failure self-management and rehospitalizations using natural language processing. Western Journal of Nursing Research. [IN PRESS]

Books and chapters

  1. Zisberg A, Band-Wintershtein T, Topaz M. Nurses attitudes toward older adults: A comparison between freshmen nursing students and young nurses. In: Zysberg L, ed. Student Attitudes. Nova publisher, 2011: 259-272.
  2. Topaz M. Ageism among Nurses in Israel: Knowledge and attitudes toward elderly patients in acute care settings [In Hebrew]. In: Doron I, ed. Ageism in Israeli Society. Van-Leer Institute publication: Jerusalem, Israel, 2013:96-105.

Other peer-reviewed publications

Research publications without named authorship

Non-peer reviewed scientific or medical publications/materials in print or other media

Proceedings of meetings or other non-peer reviewed research publications

Reviews, chapters, monographs and editorials

  1. Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Hunt A, Badger M, Jensen R, Yeh Z, Lewis A. International Medical Informatics Association Strategic Plan Update and Re-focus: IMIA-NISIG- Students  Group comments, Report submitted to IMIA General Assembly, 2012.
  2. Topaz M, Sefcik J. The Role of the Doctoral Student Organization: University of Pennsylvania’s Example, The International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) Newsletter 2012;10:4-6.
  3. Patel S, Topaz M, George M. Validating the accuracy of the Dosertm: A replication study, Association of Asthma Educators newsletter 2013.
  4. Topaz M, Frizzell L. Authoring Scholarly Papers for AMIA Annual Symposium: Suggestions and Tips for your Success. Summary of Dr. P. Dykes Webinar, AMIA Students’ Working Group Newsletter 2013.
  5. Topaz M, Sefcik J, Joseph P. Celebrating the creation of a first journal for doctoral students in nursing: reflections and vision moving forward, Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 2013;1:58-59.
  6. Sefcik JS, Topaz M. Peer reviewing: the benefits and value. Int J Older People Nurs. 2014;9(2):93-4. doi: 10.1111/opn.12047.
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