Arlene E. Chung

Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Associate Director of Health and Clinical Informatics for the UNC School of Medicine.

MD, MHA, MMCi
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Associate Director of the Program on Health & Clinical Informatics; Lead Informatics Physician for Patient Engagement
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

Chung is a physician scientist who is triple board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and the subspecialty of clinical informatics. She maintains an active primary care clinical practice, which focuses on the care of complex patients with cancer and multiple chronic conditions. She is the Associate Director of the Program on Health and Clinical Informatics for the UNC School of Medicine, which is responsible for accelerating and advancing informatics research across UNC and leads the Carolina Health Informatics Research Collaborative, which brings together multidisciplinary faculty researchers from across UNC. At UNC Health Care, she is the Lead Informatics Physician for Digital Health Innovation and Patient Engagement. She also serves as the founding fellowship program director for the UNC Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Fellowship.

Her research focuses on digital health and applied clinical informatics research to enable patient-centered care and the integration of patient-generated health data (PGHD) and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) into the electronic health record (EHR) and into clinical care workflows and processes. In particular, her recent work seeks to develop new data science methodologies in preprocessing, data visualization, and machine learning to enable precision medicine recommendations based on mHealth data and PROs. This work is funded by a NSF/NIH Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data R01 sponsored by NIBIB and the Office of the Director. Her work also centers upon the development, implementation, and evaluation of user-centered health information technologies (HIT) and innovations embedded within and connected to electronic health record systems and patient portal systems.

Chung is an inaugural member of the NIH All of Us (Precision Medicine Initiative) IRB Committee, and provides expertise in informatics, data security, PGHD (devices and PROs), and interoperability. She has also led the successful integration of a number of tools and third-party software applications into Epic and other software platforms, including a successful PCORI-funded Patient-Powered Research Network patient portal. She also serves as the course director for Health IT Business Solutions at Duke University’s informatics graduate program (MMCi).

Awards and Honors

  • Jefferson Pilot Award from the UNC School of Medicine
  • 2016 FierceHealthIT Top Influential Women in Health IT
  • 2014 UNC School of Medicine Dr. James Woods Junior Faculty Award
  • 2014 UNC Med-Peds Faculty of the Year Award
  • 2013 National Med-Peds Residents’ Association Faculty Award
  • 2013 American Medical Informatics Association Distinguished Poster Award
  • 2012 National CTSA Consortium Child Health Research Fellow Award
  • 2012 Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award
  • 2011-2012 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Clinical Informatics Scholarship
  • 2011 Dr. Johnny L. Carson Award
  • 2009 Gary Onady Award
  • 2002-2003 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • 2001-2005 Samuel J. Brody Scholarship, Brody School of Medicine at ECU
  • 2000 Delta Omega, National Honorary Public Health Society
  • 1995-1997 Dean’s List, Duke University

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