James T. Case, MS, DVM, PhD, professor of clinical diagnostic informatics at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis, has been named a W. Edward Hammond, PhD, Volunteer of the Year by Health Level 7, Inc. For the past 20 years, HL7, a non-profit international organization, has developed comprehensive frameworks and standards for the exchange and integration of electronic health information that supports clinical and laboratory practice, and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services.
Case is a founding co-chair of HL7’s Public Health Emergency Response Special Interest Group and a member of the Technical Steering Committee helping HL7 visualize and implement strategies to meet tomorrow’s requirements. He joined HL7 in 1997 to make HL7 useful for veterinary medicine. He continues to ensure that HL7 specifications and documents support industries within and outside of human healthcare. His consistent approach to key issues has helped accelerate many important HL7 initiatives. Case has also trained many HL7 members on the Logical Observation Identifiers, Names and Codes standard (LOINC). He is considered one of the organization’s authorities in this area.
Veterinary Informatics concerns the application of information science, engineering, and computer technology to support veterinary teaching, research, and practice. In addition to the HL7 mission, Case's expertise also encompasses information modeling, terminology, analysis of health-related data; epidemiology and disease surveillance and prevention; and tracking disease outbreaks using geographic information systems (GIS).
Case teaches epidemiological computing, health information standards in medical informatics, and geographic information systems for epidemiologists at the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and the Graduate Group in Health Informatics.