Biomedical Informatics, Breast Cancer, Consumer Health Informatics, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Information Technology (IT), Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Survivorship Care
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Oncology Medical Information Officer, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Dr. Miller, a pioneer in health-related information technology, is poised to make Hopkins’ Kimmel Cancer Center a frontrunner not only in breakthrough medical advances in oncology and cutting edge treatment offerings, as it already is, but also in 21st Century methods of communicating critical medical information to health providers and patients.
“My job is to be a liaison between the oncology faculty and various Information Technology (IT) departments at Hopkins for projects related to IT and clinical care,” says Dr. Miller, who represents the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center as a ‘physician champion’ of Epic, Hopkins’ new integrated electronic health record (HER) system designed to create a single, unified patient record system for the entire enterprise.
This massive overhaul will take the various ‘homegrown’ electronic systems and untold mounds of paper files and combine them into a single EHR system. “All clinical data will soon be available at the point of care,” Dr. Miller explains.
While the Federal Government has required the move to EHRs, Dr. Miller sees it as more than that. “It gives better patient care, and better care coordination. Before it became a mandate, I had an interest in it,” he says.
Dr. Miller’s appreciation of electronic communication as it relates to medicine extends well beyond EHRs. He boasts a large following on Twitter, and his blog on oncology-related topics is widely read both by professional and lay audiences. Recently, he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Cancer.Net, a patient information website for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Miller is an advocate for strong communication between physicians and patients, both electronically and in-person. “The most important thing for patients is to spend time understanding their diagnosis and making sure that all of their questions are answered,” he says. “Even when patients come to me trying to understand what the latest and best treatment option is for their condition, I’m still very interested in their opinion and how they would like to proceed.”
Dr. Miller is active in the social media space, including blogging at ehr.ascoexchange.org; posting updates to Twitter on a variety of oncology and health IT topics; and podcasting for Journal of Oncology Practice and Cancer.Net.
Editor in Chief for ASCO's Cancer.Net patient information web site
Editorial Board, Journal of Oncology Practice, 2005-
Peer Reviewer, ASCO -SEP: Medical Oncology Self-Evaluation Program, 2007
Editorial Board, Cancer.Net, 2009-
SELECTED INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Surgical restaging ofpatients with advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium treated with cisplatin, methotrexate, and vinblastine:Update of the Stanford University experience, ASCO 27Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, May 19-21, 1991
Surgical resection of residual tumor mass following chemotherapy for advanced transitional cell carcinoma, 4th International Symposium on Advances in Urologic Oncology: New Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment of Bladder Cancer, San Remo (Italy), March 18-20, 1993
Breast Cancer Treatment 2000, Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Creek, CA, November 29, 2000
Statewide Legislative Advocacy for the Oncologist , ANCO Annual Meeting, Yosemite, CA, October 15, 2005
How to Integrate Internet Use into the 2006 Oncology Practice, Education Session (Chair), ASCO 42nd Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, June 5, 2006
Chair, ASCO EHR Roundtable, Washington, DC, January 23-24, 2007
ASCO EHR Initiative Update, ANCO Annual Meeting, Santa Rosa, CA, June 30, 2007
Chair, ASCO EHR Symposium, Dallas, TX, September 19-20, 2007
Presenter, ASCO EHR Symposium, San Francisco, CA, October 6-7, 2009
Presenter, Dialogue for Action, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Health IT: Developing the Tools to Advance Patient and Physician Communication, Baltimore, MD, March 25, 2010
Presenter, Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Conference: Controversies in Management A Multidisciplinary Perspective, PET Imaging for Staging, Baltimore, MD, March 26, 2010
Electronic/Digital Resources in Oncology: Value vs. Distraction, Meet the Professor (Chair), American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 6, 2010
CONTINUING MEDICAL/PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 Program Certificate, November 2007
US Oncology, Physician Leadership Institute, Houston, TX, November 2007
American Board of Internal Medicine, Maintenance of Certification program (Medical Oncology), enrolled June 2010
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Choir, Carmichael, CA (through 2008)
Boy Scouts of America various leadership positions (through 2009)
Speech Judge, Baltimore Catholic Forensic League, 2010-