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profileMaxim Topaz, Ph.D.

TitleResearch Fellow in Medicine (EXT)
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
General Internal Medicine, Worceser
75 Francis St
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/732-7063
Fax617/732-7072
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20161st palce- Best Homecare and Cancer hack
2015Theresa J. Lynch PhD Graduation Award
2015Finalist: VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge
2013Best Student Paper Competition Finalist
2013PhD Student Methodologist Award
2010Fulbright Israel- Alumni Prize
2010 - 2014Fulbright Fellowship (PhD studies)
2008Academic Excellence Award for M.A. Students

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Maxim is a PhD prepared Nurse Informatician passionate about using data science and artificial intelligence to improve human health. His particular focus is on Clinical Decision Support, Standardized Health Terminologies, and Data and Text Mining. In the past, Maxim was involved with health policy (National and International levels), leadership (e.g. Chair of the Students Working Group with International Medical Informatics Association) and health enterpreneurship. Maxim also has clinical experience in Internal and Urgent Medicine.


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  1. Acker WW, Plasek JM, Blumenthal KG, Lai KH, Topaz M, Seger DL, Goss FR, Slight SP, Bates DW, Zhou L. Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances documented in electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 May 23. PMID: 28577971.
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  2. O'Connor M, Hanlon A, Mauer E, Meghani S, Masterson-Creber R, Marcantonio S, Coburn K, Van Cleave J, Davitt J, Riegel B, Bowles KH, Keim S, Greenberg SA, Sefcik JS, Topaz M, Kong D, Naylor M. Identifying distinct risk profiles to predict adverse events among community-dwelling older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 May 04. PMID: 28479081.
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  3. Navathe AS, Zhong F, Lei VJ, Chang FY, Sordo M, Topaz M, Navathe SB, Rocha RA, Zhou L. Hospital Readmission and Social Risk Factors Identified from Physician Notes. Health Serv Res. 2017 Mar 13. PMID: 28295260.
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  4. Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Peltonen LM, Pruinelli L, Sarmiento RF, Badger MK, Ali S, Lewis A, Georgsson M, Jeon E, Tayaben JL, Kuo CH, Islam T, Sommer J, Jung H, Eler GJ, Alhuwail D, Lee YL. Nurse Informaticians Report Low Satisfaction and Multi-level Concerns with Electronic Health Records: Results from an International Survey. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2016; 2016:2016-2025. PMID: 28269961.
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  5. Ronquillo C, Topaz M, Pruinelli L, Peltonen LM, Nibber R. Competency Recommendations for Advancing Nursing Informatics in the Next Decade: International Survey Results. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017; 232:119-129. PMID: 28106590.
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  6. Topaz M, Pruinelli L. Big Data and Nursing: Implications for the Future. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017; 232:165-171. PMID: 28106594.
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  7. Topaz M, Schaffer A, Acker W, Lai K, Korah Zfania T, Einbinder J, Zhou L. Health Information Technology Involved in Malpractice Cases: Trends Review and Opportunities for Safety Improvement. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017; 244:86. PMID: 29039390.
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  8. Topaz M, Gaddes K, McDonald M, Bowles K. Development and Validation of a Novel Rapid Clinical Text Mining Approach Based on Word Embeddings (NimbleMiner). Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017; 244:88. PMID: 29039392.
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  9. Topaz M, Goss F, Blumenthal K, Lai K, Seger DL, Slight SP, Wickner PG, Robinson GA, Fung KW, McClure RC, Spiro S, Acker WW, Bates DW, Zhou L. Towards improved drug allergy alerts: Multidisciplinary expert recommendations. Int J Med Inform. 2017 Jan; 97:353-355. PMID: 27729200.
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  10. Topaz M, Lai K, Dowding D, Lei VJ, Zisberg A, Bowles KH, Zhou L. Automated identification of wound information in clinical notes of patients with heart diseases: Developing and validating a natural language processing application. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016 Dec; 64:25-31. PMID: 27668855.
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  11. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Blackley S, Lei V, Lai K, Zhou L. Studying Associations Between Heart Failure Self-Management and Rehospitalizations Using Natural Language Processing. West J Nurs Res. 2016 Sep 14. PMID: 27628125.
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  12. Bowles KH, Ratcliffe S, Potashnik S, Topaz M, Holmes J, Shih NW, Naylor MD. Using Electronic Case Summaries to Elicit Multi-Disciplinary Expert Knowledge about Referrals to Post-Acute Care. Appl Clin Inform. 2016; 7(2):368-79. PMID: 27437047; PMCID: PMC4941846 [Available on 05/18/17].
  13. 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 Jul; 75(1):151-4. PMID: 27183846.
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  14. Zhou L, Dhopeshwarkar N, Blumenthal KG, Goss F, Topaz M, Slight SP, Bates DW. Drug allergies documented in electronic health records of a large healthcare system. Allergy. 2016 Sep; 71(9):1305-13. PMID: 26970431.
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  15. Topaz M, Lai K, Dhopeshwarkar N, Seger DL, Sa'adon R, Goss F, Rozenblum R, Zhou L. Clinicians' Reports in Electronic Health Records Versus Patients' Concerns in Social Media: A Pilot Study of Adverse Drug Reactions of Aspirin and Atorvastatin. Drug Saf. 2016 Mar; 39(3):241-50. PMID: 26715498.
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  16. Topaz M, Lisby M, Morrison CR, Levtzion-Korach O, Hockey PM, 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 Evid Based Nurs. 2016 Jun; 13(3):185-96. PMID: 26840190.
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  17. Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Peltonen LM, Pruinelli L, Sarmiento RF, Badger MK, Ali S, Lewis A, Georgsson M, Jeon E, Tayaben JL, Kuo CH, Islam T, Sommer J, Jung H, Eler GJ, Alhuwail D. Advancing Nursing Informatics in the Next Decade: Recommendations from an International Survey. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016; 225:123-7. PMID: 27332175.
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  18. Peltonen LM, Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Pruinelli L, Sarmiento RF, Badger MK, Ali S, Lewis A, Georgsson M, Jeon E, Tayaben JL, Kuo CH, Islam T, Sommer J, Jung H, Eler GJ, Alhuwail D. Nursing Informatics Research Priorities for the Future: Recommendations from an International Survey. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016; 225:222-6. PMID: 27332195.
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  19. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Lei V, Zhou L. Mining Clinicians' Electronic Documentation to Identify Heart Failure Patients with Ineffective Self-Management: A Pilot Text-Mining Study. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016; 225:856-7. PMID: 27332377.
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  20. Peltonen LM, Alhuwail D, Ali S, Badger MK, Eler GJ, Georgsson M, Islam T, Jeon E, Jung H, Kuo CH, Lewis A, Pruinelli L, Ronquillo C, Sarmiento RF, Sommer J, Tayaben JL, Topaz M. Current Trends in Nursing Informatics: Results of an International Survey. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016; 225:938-9. PMID: 27332419.
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  21. Koru G, Alhuwail D, Topaz M, Norcio AF, Mills ME. Investigating the Challenges and Opportunities in Home Care to Facilitate Effective Information Technology Adoption. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Jan; 17(1):53-8. PMID: 26612483.
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  22. Topaz M, Seger DL, Slight SP, Goss F, Lai K, Wickner PG, Blumenthal K, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates DW, 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. 2016 May; 23(3):601-8. PMID: 26578227.
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  23. 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. 2016 Apr; 23(e1):e79-87. PMID: 26384406; PMCID: PMC4954633 [Available on 04/01/17].
  24. Topaz M, Kang Y, Holland DE, Ohta B, Rickard K, Bowles KH. Higher 30-day and 60-day readmissions among patients who refuse post acute care services. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Jun; 21(6):424-33. PMID: 26168063.
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  25. Lai KH, Topaz M, Goss FR, Zhou L. Automated misspelling detection and correction in clinical free-text records. J Biomed Inform. 2015 Jun; 55:188-95. PMID: 25917057.
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  26. 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. PMID: 25793554.
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  27. Bowles KH, Chittams J, Heil E, Topaz M, Rickard K, Bhasker M, Tanzer M, Behta M, Hanlon AL. Successful electronic implementation of discharge referral decision support has a positive impact on 30- and 60-day readmissions. Res Nurs Health. 2015 Apr; 38(2):102-14. PMID: 25620675; PMCID: PMC4363131.
  28. Topaz M, Seger DL, Lai K, Wickner PG, Goss F, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates DW, Zhou L. High Override Rate for Opioid Drug-allergy Interaction Alerts: Current Trends and Recommendations for Future. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:242-6. PMID: 26262047.
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  29. Zhou L, Baughman AW, Lei VJ, Lai KH, Navathe AS, Chang F, Sordo M, Topaz M, Zhong F, Murrali M, Navathe S, Rocha RA. Identifying Patients with Depression Using Free-text Clinical Documents. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:629-33. PMID: 26262127.
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  30. George M, Topaz M, Rand C, Sommers MLS, Glanz K, Pantalon MV, Mao JJ, Shea JA. Inhaled corticosteroid beliefs, complementary and alternative medicine, and uncontrolled asthma in urban minority adults. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Dec; 134(6):1252-1259. PMID: 25218286; PMCID: PMC4261037.
  31. Radhakrishnan K, Topaz M, Masterson Creber R. Adapting heart failure guidelines for nursing care in home health settings: challenges and solutions. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014 Jul; 29(4):E1-8. PMID: 24231891; PMCID: PMC4171099.
  32. Topaz M, Troutman-Jordan M, MacKenzie M. Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction: The Roots of Successful Aging Theories. Nurs Sci Q. 2014 Jul; 27(3):226-233. PMID: 24951524.
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  33. Zisberg A, Topaz M, Band-Wintershtein T. Cultural- and educational-level differences in students knowledge, attitudes, and preferences for working with older adults: an israeli perspective. J Transcult Nurs. 2015 Mar; 26(2):193-201. PMID: 24848351.
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  34. Sefcik JS, Topaz M. Peer reviewing: the benefits and value. Int J Older People Nurs. 2014 Jun; 9(2):93-4. PMID: 24813720.
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  35. Masterson Creber R, 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. 2014 May-Jun; 29(3):209-17. PMID: 23416937; PMCID: PMC3695034.
  36. 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 Jan-Feb; 19(1):29-38. PMID: 24300427; PMCID: PMC4072205.
  37. Gerber A, Topaz MM. Promoting meaningful use of health information technology in Israel: ministry of health vision. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2014; 201:108-15. PMID: 24943532.
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  38. 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. 2014 Dec; 13(6):549-58. PMID: 24366985; PMCID: PMC4386996.
  39. 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; 2013:1353-61. PMID: 24551412; PMCID: PMC3900150.
  40. 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 Aug; 31(8):375-9; quiz 380-1. PMID: 23774448; PMCID: PMC3759576.
  41. 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 Sep; 19(9):664-70. PMID: 23808888; PMCID: PMC3757529.
  42. Topaz M, Golfenshtein N, Bowles KH. The Omaha System: a systematic review of the recent literature. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jan-Feb; 21(1):163-70. PMID: 23744786; PMCID: PMC3912710.
  43. 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 Jun; 43(6):355-60. PMID: 23708504; PMCID: PMC3714548.
  44. Topaz M, Ash N. [Overview of the US policies for health information technology and lessons learned for Israel]. Harefuah. 2013 May; 152(5):262-6, 310, 309. PMID: 23885448.
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  45. Topaz M, Doron I. Nurses' attitudes toward older patients in acute care in Israel. Online J Issues Nurs. 2013 Apr 15; 18(2):9. PMID: 23758427.
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  46. Topaz M, Shafran-Topaz L, Bowles KH. ICD-9 to ICD-10: evolution, revolution, and current debates in the United States. Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2013; 10:1d. PMID: 23805064; PMCID: PMC3692324.
  47. Riegel B, Dickson VV, Topaz M. Qualitative analysis of naturalistic decision making in adults with chronic heart failure. Nurs Res. 2013 Mar-Apr; 62(2):91-8. PMID: 23154659.
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  48. George M, Topaz M. A systematic review of complementary and alternative medicine for asthma self-management. Nurs Clin North Am. 2013 Mar; 48(1):53-149. PMID: 23465447; PMCID: PMC3859131.
  49. Meleis AI, Topaz M. Nurshing theory of the future: situation-specific theories. Pflege. 2011 Dec; 24(6):345-7. PMID: 22272417.
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