Letter from the Chair
Wendy Chapman, PhD
My vision for the department is to be an international hub for students, researchers, and industry partners for discovery, innovation, and application of informatics to advance health. This last year, there has been an increase in energy and engagement in our community. In education, we have two large cohorts of MS students joining our incredible PhD students in a more active learning environment that includes a teaching EHR, many new courses focused on wrangling and analyzing biomedical data, a human systems interaction lab, and hands-on FHIR-enabled app development. Students, faculty, and collaborators participate weekly in special interest groups focused on translational bioinformatics, computational and symbolic methods, population & public health informatics, and behavioral & clinical informatics. We are finding shared interest with industry, and our Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Talks series is consistently bringing in over 100 people from the U as well as from neighboring schools and businesses. Look for our IAB to grow this year. The ReImagine EHR initiative is drawing local and national attention as we develop standards-based decision support applications that are going live at University of Utah Health and are forming a foundational infrastructure on which to enable the best care for patients here and abroad. This infrastructure has extended our ability to get large research grants, and our new collaboration with the Huntsman Cancer Institute has proven especially fruitful with three new center grants--we are working with their researchers to integrate research innovations in the EHR.
In informatics, we know that success is 20% technical and 80% social--it’s about the people! And we have fantastic people as alumni, faculty, students, industry partners, and collaborators. Please join us in continuing to build our network and our impact.
Please see the impactful iniatives we are currently doing aside from our academic programs:
- Professional Service Lines
- Reimagine EHR
- DeCart Summer Program
- Data Science Scholars
- Industry Relationships
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