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Forming a Department of Biomedical Informatics

The SMBS is well positioned to establish a Department of Biomedical Informatics by taking advantage of several existing outstanding units and centers combined with some key recruits to integrate the existing expertise and bring cohesion and leadership to the discipline at UB.

The discipline of biomedical informatics has undergone remarkable growth in the past decade for several reasons:  1) widespread adoption of electronic health records, 2) growth of outcomes research, 3) growth of genomics research, and 4) the Clinical and Translational Research Award (CTSA) program.  Biomedical informatics has become a foundational science essential to the delivery of high quality health care.  Biomedical informatics tools form the foundation of the national transition to electronic health records (HER).  A 2003 Institute of Medicine report identified utilizing informatics as one of the five domains of core competencies for health care professionals.  A panel of academic leaders recommends that medical schools create academic units in biomedical informatics that have a seat at both the academic and operational tables (Acad. Med. 2011; 86:429-34).

The SMBS is well positioned to establish a Department of Biomedical Informatics by taking advantage of several existing outstanding units and centers combined with some key recruits to integrate the existing expertise and bring cohesion and leadership to the discipline at UB.  A critical mass of faculty and an academic unit will enable response to key academic, research and service missions.

  • Research will be in the broad area of biomedical informatics to discover new information systems and expand knowledge in the biomedical sciences.  Areas of research will include designing clinical information systems, mining EHRs, ontology, systems biology, integrating clinical and biological data and facilitating multidisciplinary and translational science.
  • Degree granting programs in biomedical informatics will be developed.  These will be multidisciplinary and include bachelors, masters, PhD and advanced certificate level programs.  Faculty will also contribute to the rapidly changing curricular needs of trainees and faculty in the academic health center.
  • Service by faculty will include contribution to the biomedical informatics key function of the CTRC and participation in operational and strategic planning activities in partner institutions in the academic health center, including facilitation of the integration of clinical information systems with the research and educational missions of the SMBS and UB.