Brett M. Harnett
Director, Center for Health Informatics; Field Service Assistant Professor - Biomedical Informatics
Medical Sciences Building
COM Biomedical Informatics - 0840
Medical Sciences Building
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Mr. Harnett joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 2004. He is currently an Assistant Professor Field Service in Biomedical Informatics and serves as the Director for the UC Center for Health Informatics as well as an IRB member. Prior to joining UC, Brett was the Director of Experimental Information Technology for a NASA-sponsored research program in Virginia and a Systems Analyst for the Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut.
Brett received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from UC. He has over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles, four book chapters and recently won an award to travel to the European Medical Informatics conference in Pisa Italy. Extramural activities include being a member of the Editorial Board for the Telemedicine and e-Health journal and a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.
Master's Degree, University of Cincinnati 2007 (Information Systems)
Bachelor's Degree, Eastern Connecticut State University (Business Adminstration)
2004 -To Present Research Assistant Professor, Manager Experimental IT, Research scientist/manager overseeing the technology development for application, network, and core services for the Center for Surgical Innovation. This includes management of activities including system design, site assessments, translational research, integration and implementation of technologies such as sensors, web services, electronic medical records, data formats, data collection, robotic surgery and management of technical/medical staff associated with the projects. Other responsibilities include grant writing, partnership development with industry, technical liaison for vendors, international, academic and industrial partners as well as the federal government., University of Cincinnati/Center for Surgical Innovation, Cincinnati, OH
1999 -2003 Director, Experimental Information Technology/faculty research assistant, - System designer and flight participant for virtual reality surgical simulations studies onboard NASA’s KC 135 microgravity lab. June 2003. - Chief engineer for VCU/MITAC participation in Shadow Bowl, situational awareness exercises at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. Rapid design changes of a physiologic monitoring system (Lion Heart) to an agent detection platform used to sample air in the vicinity of Qualcomm Stadium with real time updates to a web server. - Travel to Kosovo to review technical engineering of new telehealth center and conference in Prishtina. - Conference preparations for venture capital groups at Virginia BioTech Summit. - Designed and directed “Operation Lion Heart,” a medical informatics research program to measure and assess data throughput of real-time physiologic parameters using cellular and low earth orbiting satellite infrastructures. - Technical implementation of equipment and services for the Department of Corrections telemedicine program for VCU Health System and HIPAA compliance. - Direction of content for online lectures and distance learning for web streaming including multipoint bridged conferences and webcasting. - Primary liaison to the U.S. State Department and USAID for telehealth services plan in Afghanistan. - Coordination of tech-transfer of NASA/MITAC Intellectual Property from the University for Commercialization. - Design and development of online/CD-based telemedicine courseware. - Implementation and research using Bluetooth for wireless technology for medical telemetry. - Key participant in design and implementation of video and network architecture for operating rooms in Medical College of Virginia. - Site reviews of the Space BioMedical Center and Railroad Hospital in Moscow, Russia for updated medical systems. - Project manager/technical director for Mars Arctic Research Station telemedicine expedition; wireless telemetry of real-time vital signs to web server, transcoding of data. - Travel to Kosovo to assess technical capabilities, telecommunications and network infrastructures at Prishtina Medical University for international relief efforts. - Technical implementation for Operation Helping Hands in Semana, Dominican Republic. - Implemented the first use of telementoring/education of live, laparoscopic surgery using Internet protocol over the existing LAN at VCU. , NASA Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia (VCU/MCV);
2001 -2004 Chief Technology Officer (Adjunct Position), - Co-founder of a VCU spin-off company in conjunction with the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park to license NASA/MITAC intellectual property (performed as 20% faculty extension). Formulation of company; operating agreement, business plan, IP licensing, legal and accounting arrangements, funding initiatives (SBIR/STTR), contract negotiations, web/intranet development and associated technical management., OrbitalMed, LLC, Richmond, VA
1997 -1999 Telemedicine Systems Manager/systems programmer II, - Responsible for the design and implementation of an international web-based telemedicine system including clinical consultations, educational content/distance learning, integration of high-resolution medical imaging and collaboration tools. - Communications and technical manager for Everest Extreme Expedition (E3). Coordination of satellite downlinks from Everest Base Camp for composite clinical data and real-time medical telemetry - presented live at TedMed2 in Charleston, SC and Olympus America. - Installation and operation of systems for Operation Rainforest: low-bandwidth telemedicine from remote clinics in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador. - Responsible for negotiating, designing and implementing network link in Kiev for NASA and the National Space Agency of the Ukraine (NSAU) to facilitate the Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment (CUE) during Shuttle Columbia flight STS 87. , Yale University School of Medicine , NASA Commercial Space Center/ Medical Informatics and Technology Applications (MITA); New Haven, CT
Healthcare Informatics, Telehealth, Industrial Collaboration, Governmental Issues, Funding
Investigators:Brett Harnett 2006 -2006 UC A Mobile Neural Network for Real-time Physiologic Monitoring Role:PI $6500 Active
Investigators:Brett Harnett 2005 -2006 US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command High Altitude Platforms Mobile Robotic Telesurgery Role:Co PI $217,000
Grant: #W81XWH-07-2-0039 Investigators:Broderick, Timothy; Doarn, Charles; Harnett, Brett 03-08-2007 -03-31-2008 Department of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command NEEMO-12: Collaborative Accelerated Medical Technology Development Role:Collaborator $169,543.00 Closed Level:Federal
Grant: #109046 \ R01HD067174 Investigators:Doarn, Charles; Harnett, Brett 08-01-2011 -07-31-2016 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (Team Study) Role:Collaborator $31,785.00 Active Level:Federal
Grant: #RWJ 70228 Investigators:Harnett, Brett; Schauer, Daniel; Ward, Michael; Witzke, Robert 12-15-2012 -12-14-2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leveraging the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture for Creating a Super Registry Role:PI $160,650.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit
Grant: #300470013 / U24 CA204863 Investigators:Harnett, Brett 08-17-2017 -03-31-2022 National Cancer Institute Advanced Development and Dissemination of EMERSE for Cancer Phenotyping from Medical Records Role:PI $37,018.00 Active Level:Federal
Hanly RJ, Miller B, Herman BC, Marohn MR, Talamini MA, Broderick TJ, Doarn CR, Harnett B, Hasser CJ, Schenkman NS. (2005. )Stereoscopic Robotic Surgical Telementoring: Feasibility and Future Applications : 10th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association .[Abstracy]Telemed and E Health , 11 (2 ),247
Rodas E, Rafiq, A, Doarn CR, Harnett B, Merriam N, Merrell RC, Broderick, TJ (2004. )Surgical Simulation in Microgravity .[Abstracy]SAGES, Co-Author
Cone S, Carruci LR, Jinxing Y, Rafiq A, Harnett B, Doarn C, Merrell R. (2004. )Acquisition and Evaluation of Radiography Images by Digital Camera. .[Abstracy]Telemed J E Health , (10(Supp 1) ),S-38
Hoffman L, Doarn CR, Harnett B, Moses G, Broderick TJ (2007. )Recent Advances in Robotic Telesurgery and Applications to Battlefield Trauma .[Abstracy]2nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Surgeons, Co-Author
Lum MJH, Rosen J, King H, Friedman DCW, Donlin G, Sankaranarayanan G, Harnett B, Huffman L, Doarn C, Broderick T, Hannaford B (2007. )Telesurgery via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a field deployable surgical robot .[Abstracy]Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 15, IOS Press (125 ),313-315Co-Author
Harnett BM, Broderick TJ, Doarn CR, Huffman L, Rosen J, Hannaford B (2007. )Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as a Network Access Point for Tele-Robotic Surgical Intervention in the Battlefield .[Abstracy]Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 14, Co-Author
Huffman L, Doarn CR, Harnett B, Moses G, Broderick TJ (2007. )Recent Advances in Robotic Telesurgery and Applications to Battlefield Trauma .[Abstracy]2nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Surgeons, Co-Author
Doarn CR, Harnett BM, Broderick TJ (2007. )Telesurgery: What are the Possibilities? .[Abstracy]Telemed and E Health , 12(2) (190 ),Co-Author
Peer Reviewed Publications
Eckman MH, Lip GY, Wise RE, Speer B, Sullivan M, Walker N, Kissela B, Flaherty ML, Kleindorfer D, Baker P, Ireton R, Hoskins D, Harnett BM, Aguilar C, Leonard AC, Arduser L, Steen D, Costea A, Kues J (06-2016. )Impact of an Atrial Fibrillation Decision Support Tool on thromboprophylaxis for atrial fibrillation. Am Heart J., ,176 ,17
Eckman, M. H., Lip, G. Y. H., Wise, R. E., Speer, B., Sullivan, M., Walker, N., Kissela, B., Flaherty, M. L., Kleindorfer, D., Baker, P., Ireton, R., Hoskins, D., Harnett, B. M., Aguilar, C., Leonard, A., Arduser, L., Steen, D., Costea, A., & Kues, J (2016. )Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, ,64 (5 ),1054
Eckman MH, Wise RE, Speer B, Sullivan M, Walker N, Lip GYH, Kissela B, Flaherty ML, Kleindorfer D, Khan F, Kues J, Baker P, Ireton R, Hoskins PD, Harnett BM, Aguilar C, Leonard A, Prakash R, Arduser L and Costea A (2014. )Integrating Real-Time Clinical Information to Provide Estimates of Net Clinical Benefit of Antithrombotic Therapy for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes., ,7 ,680
Harnett B, Doarn C, Rosen J, Hannaford B, Broderick, T. (2008. )Evaluation of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles and Mobile Robotic Telesurgery in an Extreme Environment. Telemed J e Health, ,14 ,539
Sterbis JR, Hanly RJ, Herman BC, Marohn MR, Broderick TJ, Shih SP, Harnett B, Doarn CR, Schenkman NS. (2008. )Transcontinental Telesurgical Nephrectomy Using the da Vinci Robot in a Porcine Model. Urology, ,71 (2 ),
Eckman, Mark H; Lip, Gregory Y H; Wise, Ruth E; Speer, Barbara; Sullivan, Megan; Walker, Nita; Kissela, Brett; Flaherty, Matthew L; Kleindorfer, Dawn; Baker, Peter; Ireton, Robert; Hoskins, Dave; Harnett, Brett M; Aguilar, Carlos; Leonard, Anthony C; Arduser, Lora; Steen, Dylan; Costea, Alexandru; Kues, John (2016. )American heart journal, ,176 ,17-27
Eckman, Mark H; Lip, Gregory Y H; Wise, Ruth E; Speer, Barbara; Sullivan, Megan; Walker, Nita; Kissela, Brett; Flaherty, Matthew L; Kleindorfer, Dawn; Baker, Peter; Ireton, Robert; Hoskins, Dave; Harnett, Brett M; Aguilar, Carlos; Leonard, Anthony; Arduser, Lora; Steen, Dylan; Costea, Alexandru; Kues, John (2016. )Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, ,64 (5 ),1054-60
Eckman, Mark H; Wise, Ruth E; Speer, Barbara; Sullivan, Megan; Walker, Nita; Lip, Gregory Y H; Kissela, Brett; Flaherty, Matthew L; Kleindorfer, Dawn; Khan, Faisal; Kues, John; Baker, Peter; Ireton, Robert; Hoskins, Dave; Harnett, Brett M; Aguilar, Carlos; Leonard, Anthony; Prakash, Rajan; Arduser, Lora; Costea, Alexandru (2014. )Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes, ,7 (5 ),680-6
Harnett, Brett M; Doarn, Charles R; Rosen, Jacob; Hannaford, Blake; Broderick, Timothy J (2008. )Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, ,14 (6 ),539-44
Harnett, B M; Satava, R; Angood, P; Merriam, N R; Doarn, C R; Merrell, R C (2001. )The benefits of integrating Internet technology with standard communications for telemedicine in extreme environments. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine, ,72 (12 ),1132-7
Harnett, B M; Doarn, C R; Russell, K M; Kapoor, V; Merriam, N R; Merrell, R C (2001. )Wireless telemetry and Internet technologies for medical management: a Martian analogy. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine, ,72 (12 ),1125-31
Broderick, T J; Harnett, B M; Doarn, C R; Rodas, E B; Merrell, R C (2001. )Real-time Internet connections: implications for surgical decision making in laparoscopy. Annals of surgery, ,234 (2 ),165-71
Broderick, T J; Harnett, B M; Merriam, N R; Kapoor, V; Doarn, C R; Merrell, R C (2001. )Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, ,7 (1 ),47-53
Eckman, Mark H; Costea, Alexandru; Attari, Mehran; Munjal, Jitender; Wise, Ruth E; Knochelmann, Carol; Flaherty, Matthew L; Baker, Pete; Ireton, Robert; Harnett, Brett M; Leonard, Anthony C; Steen, Dylan; Rose, Adam; Kues, John (2018. )American heart journal, ,199 ,13-21
Eckman, Mark H; Costea, Alexandru; Attari, Mehran; Munjal, Jitender; Wise, Ruth E; Knochelmann, Carol; Flaherty, Matthew L; Baker, Pete; Ireton, Robert; Harnett, Brett M; Leonard, Anthony C; Steen, Dylan; Rose, Adam; Kues, John (2017. )American heart journal, ,194 ,49-60
Harnett (2000. )Telemedicine: To Mt. Everest and Beyond .American Society of Information Scientists, Quarterly journal (Spring) ,
Harnett. (1999. )“Advanced Medical Technology for Extreme Environments” Space Manufacturing 12 .Proceedings from the 14th Space Studies Institute/Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing, October ,
Harnett. (1999. )“Communicating from the Rooftop of the World in Real-Time” .RT Imaging , July ,
Harnett. (1999. )"Technical diagram [Communications from Everest]" .MD Computing, July/August ,
Harnett,B. et al (2008. )Should you allow live broadcasts of cases? Some answer definitive ‘no’ .Same-Day Surgery, 32 (6 ), AHC Media
Harnett, B. (2008. )Group Works to Implement Telehealth Program at UC .UC Academic Health Center – Findings, 10 (11 ), UC
Harnett B, Doarn CR, Merrell RC. (2005 )Telemedicine Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering .(pp. 1449-1457).New York, NY,Marcel Dekker, Inc. (Co-Author)
Harnett, B. et al (2008 )Creating Telehealth Networks from Existing Infrastructures Establishing Telemedicine. Developing Countries: From Inception to Implementation .(pp. 55-65-51-59 (2006)).Amsterdam, Netherlands,IOS Press (Co-Author)
Harnett, B. et al (2006 )Telemedicine Systems and Telecommunications .(pp. 15-34).London, England,Royal Society of Medicine Press (Co-Author)
Harnett, B. et al (2011 )Patient Centered Medicine and Technology Adaptation E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living .(pp. 1-22).Hershey, PA,IGI Global(Co-Author)
Harnett BM, Broderick T, Doarn CR, (2006. )Advanced Network Opportunities for Surgical Tele-Robotics .Center for Computational Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Harnett BM, Broderick T, Doarn CR (2005. )Advanced Network Opportunities for Surgical Tele-Robotics .Imagine the Possibilities Conference, Bradley University; Peoria, IL.
Harnett BM, Broderick T, Doarn CR (2005. )Advanced Network Opportunities for Surgical Tele-Robotics .Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Harnett, BM (2004. )Medical Informatics – A Binary Evolution .University of Cincinnati Surgical Grand Rounds, Cincinnati, OH.
Harnett (05-2004. )“Redundant Wireless Communication Technologies for Bioterrorism Surveillance” .American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting., Tampa, FL .
Harnett (12-2003. )“Zero Gravity Research Onboard NASA’s KC-135 Aircraft” .Virginia Aviation Museum, Celebrating 100 Years of Flight., Richmond, VA .
Harnett (08-2003. )“Distance Medicine” .Association of Information Technology Professionals; Regional Conference., Richmond, VA .
Harnett (06-2003. )“Telehealth Technologies: Research and Application” .Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Board of Directors Meeting., New Haven, CT (via teleconference) .
Harnett (05-2003. )“NASA- Sponsored Research at VCU” .Highland Springs High School, Engineering Center., Richmond, VA .
Harnett (04-2003. )“Operation Lion Heart: Real-time physiologic data via cellular and LEOS” .American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting; Session. Chairman, Orlando, FL .
Harnett (04-2003. )“Developments in Wireless Telemetry” .VCU Emerging Technology Day., VCU.
Harnett (03-2003. )“Medical Informatics: A Technical Perspective” .Advanced Health Informatics Presentation., VCU School of Medicine .
Harnett (11-2002. )“Operation Lion Heart – Physiologic Telemetry Using Whatever the Heck is Available” .Caribbean Telemedicine Association Meeting., San Juan, Puerto Rico .
Harnett (10-2002. )“New Technologies in Telemedicine” .Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Annual Meeting., Ledyard, CT (via teleconference).
Harnett (10-2002. )“Telemedicine Research at VCU” .Virginia Biotechnology Summit and Governor’s Conference on Technology Transfer and University Research., Tyson’s Corner, VA .
Harnett (09-2002. )“Telemedicine at VCU” .Defining the virtual collaborative clinic model: Bringing medical expertise to remote sites in space and on earth – NASA., Albuquerque, NM .
Harnett (06-2002. )“A Physiologic Data Routing Hub for Wireless Sensors: The VitalPoll” .American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting., Los Angeles, CA .
Harnett (03-2002. )“Portable Telemedicine, Sensors and the VitalPoll” .Distributed Medical Intelligence Conference VII., ; Park City, UT .
Harnett (11-2001. )“Mobile Healthcare, Sensors and Medical Education,” .Roundtable Expert Participant, International Conference on Mobile Health., San Diego, CA .
Harnett (12-2000. )“Telemedicine from the Mars Arctic Research Station: An Exercise for Remote Medical Sensing” .Keynote Plenary Session/Telemedicine World at TeleCon 2000., Anaheim, CA .
Harnett (11-1999. )“Arctic Circle Communications and Tools” .Arctic Council on Telemedicine., U.S. State Department, Washington DC .
Harnett (10-1999. )“Extreme Telemedicine” .American Society of Information Scientists., Washington DC.
Harnett (10-1999. )“H.323 and Distance Learning” .Internet2 Global MegaConference., Richmond, VA .
Harnett (09-1999. )“Mount Everest Telemedicine” .Telehealth & Multimedia International Congress., Edmonton, Alberta Canada .
Harnett (05-1999. )“Everest Educational Expedition” .Olympus America., Melville, NY .
Harnett (05-1999. )“Extreme Telemedicine” .Space Studies Institute., Princeton University .
Harnett (12-1998. )“The Future of Medicine [Satava]” .Maryland Technology Showcase., Baltimore, MD .
Harnett (09-1997. )“Internet Telemedicine” .National Space Agency of Ukraine and the Ukrainian National Medical University., Kiev, Ukraine .
BI Symposium (02-2011. )Improving Patient Outcomes and Operational Efficiencies with Business Intelligence .Kingsgae Marriott,
Harnett BM, Broderick T, Doarn CR, Rafiq A, Muth T, Merrell RC (2005. )Dynamic automated data collection for human performance .Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 13, Long Beach, CA. .
Zhao X, Harnett B, Rafiq A, Doarn CR, Merrell RC (2004. )An Online EMR System for International Telemedicine Consultation .9th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association, Tampa, FL. .
Cone S, Carruci LR, Jinxing Y, Rafiq A, Harnett B, Doarn C, Merrell R (2004. )Acquisition and Evaluation of Radiography Images by Digital Camera .9th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association, Tampa, FL. .
Harnett BM, Broderick T, Doarn CR, Rafiq A, Muth T, Merrell RC (01-2005. )Dynamic automated data collection for human performance. J Information Technology in Healthcare. Poster Presentation, Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 13, Long Beach, CA . .
Zhao X, Harnett B, Rafiq A, Doarn CR, Merrell RC (04-2004. )An Online EMR System for International Telemedicine Consultation. 9th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association .Poster Telemed J E Health , Tampa, FL. .
Rafiq, A. Harnett B, Merrell G, Doarn C, Merrell R (04-2004. )Telemedicine Application during a search for Genghis Khan in Mongolia. 9th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association .Telemed J E Health , Tampa, FL. .
Finalist – Infineon Technology Innovation Award; Greater Richmond Technology Council; 2003 Technical/Network Design – Kosovo Foundation for Medical Development, Kosovo; 2002 Special Recognition – Western Regional Medical Authority, Jamaica; 2001 Specia
2009 -2010 Alumni Fellow Eastern Connecticut State University Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Fellowship
healthcare informatics, HIPAA Secirity, patient centered medical home, telemedicine, telehealth
External Peer Review:
Medical & Biological Eng & Computing
Telemedicine and E-Health
National Institutes of Health, Scientific Review Board
Health Research Board – Research Funding and Policy Division, Dublin, Ireland; Application Review
Committees: UC AIT&L Position Search Committee UC COM Software Development Group UC IT Partnership Committee UC Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems Committee UC Information Technology Policy Committee UC/Health Alliance Advanced Technology Group - VCU PDA Special Interest Group - VCU Plant Operations/Operating Room Wiring Initiatives - VCU Internet2 Development Group -- Yale University Telemedicine Advisory Board -- Yale University NASA/CSC Technology Committee -- Yale University NASA/Space Biomedical Center Joint Oversight Committee - technical advisor
Organizations: American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
2004 -2011 NIH Scientific Review Panels Grant reviews ad hoc, National Institutes of Health Various Type:Other
2008 -2012 Editorial Board Telemedicine and e-Health Type:Other
2010 -2012 Peer Reviewer New England Journal of Medicine Type:Other
2010 -2012 Faculty Senator University of Cincinnati Type:Other
2009 -2012 Alumni Fellow Eastern Connecticut State University Type:Faculty Fellowship
Academic - Medical Sciences Building