The mission for the University of Kentucky’s new Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) is to translate data to knowledge with the goal to improve human health.  This mission is fulfilled through the development of research, training, UK HealthCare (UKHC) informatics integration and community engagement programs spanning areas such as translational bioinformatics, clinical informatics, research informatics, and public health informatics. A core group of problem-solving faculty leaders will be developed to address the ever-changing and mission-critical data science challenges facing the UKHC clinical enterprise. Through the IBI, these faculty members will engage the entire UK campus in developing and growing Biomedical Informatics (BMI) and data science training programs, shared research infrastructure and data governance, technology innovation, and a culture of team science, resource sharing and knowledge dissemination.

 Biomedical informatics (BMI) is the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision-making,motivated by efforts to improve human health.

 BMI develops, studies and applies theories, methods and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use, and sharing of biomedical data, information, and knowledge.

  • BMI builds on computing, communication and information sciences and technologies and their application in biomedicine.
  • BMI investigates and supports reasoning, modeling, simulation, experimentation and translation across the spectrum from molecules to populations, dealing with a variety of biological systems, bridging basic and clinical research and practice, and the healthcare enterprise.
  • BMI, recognizing that people are the ultimate users of biomedical information, draws upon the social and behavioral sciences to inform the design and evaluation of technical solutions and the evolution of complex economic, ethical, social, educational, and organizational systems.