BHI Vision Statement
to advance research and improve health.
BHI Mission Statement
Research: We focus our research in the context of our vision both on advancing foundations of the field of biomedical and health informatics (BHI) and on contributing to computational, information science, and biomedical and health disciplines.
Service: Drawing on knowledge from BHI research faculty and alumni in leadership roles apply these lessons to applications in clinical and translational research, clinical care, consumer health, and public health that unleash the potential for electronic data and knowledge to advance research and improve health.
Education: Using what we learn from our research and service activities we train the next generation of biomedical and health informatics (BHI) researchers and practitioners to play a leadership role in unleashing the potential of BHI to advance research and improve health. Our research MS, PhD, and postdoctoral programs emphasize more the research end of the spectrum and our joint MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies emphasizes more the practitioner and applied end of the spectrum.
- Understanding information problems and needs of people in biomedicine and healthcare.
- Representing, using/applying, computing and reasoning with incomplete, uncertain, and dynamic biomedical and health knowledge and data
- Integrating, managing, sharing, and visualizing ever growing amounts of biomedical and health data and systems
- Creating logical and other computational models of bio-molecules, cells, organs, individuals and populations, to deepen biomedical and health knowledge and understanding
- Creating information systems that are useful for and usable by people, organizations and society, and that account for their behavior and values
- Evaluating and validating methods, models, tools, and systems
Values: As we pursue our mission we emphasize trans-disciplinary, collaborative research; mentorship; the interplay of people and technology; and humanistic values.
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) also provides a nice definition of biomedical & health informatics.
The UW BHI program is a charter member of AMIA's Academic Forum.