UW Medicine Information Technology Services (ITS)
UW Medicine Information Technology Services provides a range of clinical computing services including electronic medical records, clinical data repositories, financial and billing systems, educational systems, patient access management, reporting and decision support systems, and systems to support research. Its core purpose is about making a difference through the use of information technology for the teaching, research and clinical mission of UW Medicine. A staff of over 300 personnel support 10,000 desktop systems, 1500 servers, and 500+ business applications.
The following Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics Core Faculty serve in key roles within ITS: Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, as the ITS Chief of Research and Data Integration, Ira Kalet as the ITS Director of Security and Networks, and Jim Tufano as the Associate Director of Web Outreach Initiatives. In addition, Jim Fine, the ITS CIO, David Chou, the ITS CTO and Tom Payne, the ITS CMIO are all extended faculty members of BHI. A number of other BHI faculty and students collaborate with ITS to pursue clinical informatics and translational informatics research projects.
Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)
The Institute of Translational Health Science (ITHS) supports translational research—research that improves human health by leading to discoveries that will eliminate human disease. ITHS research covers every phase of translation: from idea formation (T0); to the first testing of the idea in a cell, animal, or person (T1); to large scale clinical trials (T2); to moving a proven idea into health practices (T3), and encouraging its adoption as a standard approach (T4). ITHS is funded by the NIH Clinical Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) program.
The focus of the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Core of ITHS is to incorporate ongoing innovations into informatics systems and consultation services for investigators to better use electronic medical record data integrated with research data and biorepository systems including cross institutional data sharing. The ITHS BMI core also builds on integrated clinical and research data systems to collaboratively develop new informatics models and approaches to help researchers accelerate information to action in the domains of personalized medicine and comparative effectiveness. The BMI core includes a total of 24 faculty, staff and graduate students, many of whom are also faculty and students within the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The BMI core is a resource for service, education, and innovation in the management of clinical and translational biomedical data. As part of the ITHS, it is part of our broader goal to support translational research: from idea formation; to the first testing of the idea in a cell, animal, or person; to large scale clinical trials; to moving a proven idea into health practices, and to encouraging its adoption as a standard approach. Faculty from the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics involved with the ITHS BMI core include: Peter Tarczy-Hornoch (Director of the BMI Core), Nick Anderson (Associate Director of the BMI Core), Jim Brinkley (Associate Director of the BMI Core), and Ira Kalet (focusing on Security). A number of informatics research collaborations are ongoing related to ITHS BMI Core research and service activities. Many BHI and other graduate students are doing research in this domain.
Northwest Institute of Genomic Medicine (NWIGM)
The Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine is a collaboration of Institutions including, UWMC, Seattle Children´s Hospital, Group Health, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, and biotechnology. The goal of the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine is to support translational genetic research by improving access of clinical investigators to cutting edge human subject support, informatics and phenotype definition, genomic technologies, and innovative genetic analyses. This will include a pilot biorepository of Group Health subjects with deep phenotyping accessible via their long-term electronic medical records. NWIGM will also study the outcomes of utilizing genetic information in the clinic. Faculty from the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics working on NWIGM are Meliha Yetisgen Yildiz (focusing on text mining to identify phenotypes) and Peter Tarczy-Hornoch (clinical data repository leading the Biomedical Informatics Core). A number of informatics research collaborations are ongoing related to NWIGM research and service activities. Two BHI graduate students are doing research in this domain.
Center for Public Health Informatics (CPHI)
The Center for Public Health Informatics (CPHI) is an interdisciplinary research center led by the school of Public Health and Community Medicine in partnershp with the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The CPHI mission is to provide an interdisciplinary environment that supports innovative research into information strategies and technologies to improve the health of the public. A number of Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics Core Faculty are involved with CPHI: Sherri Fuller (Co-Director), Bill Lober (Associate Director), Neil Abernethy, Anne Turner, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch) as well as the following Extend Faculty: Mark Oberle (Co-Director), Patrick O’Carroll, Tom Payne, Walter Curioso, Anne Marie Kimball). Two BHI graduate students are doing research in this domain.