In the modern era of electronic medical records and increasingly sophisticated care, one of the greatest opportunities for health innovation and medical discoveries lies not in a lab or a clinic, but in data.
The progressively routine acquisition of many types of data in health care has created numerous opportunities, as well as challenges, in the analysis and interpretation of this data. The emerging academic discipline of data science — which covers the entire lifecycle of data collection, curation, annotation, provenance, integration, exploration, sharing, secondary use and bioinformatics analytics — has the potential to enable great advances in health care and medical knowledge.
At the University of Kentucky, the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) is leading the effort to translate big data into actionable information and leverage the latest technologies to advance biomedical sciences. A campuswide center for data-intensive, interdisciplinary research, IBI promotes translational team science, leads informatics and data science training programs, shares research and data infrastructure and enables technology innovation.
UK is distinctly positioned in this capacity because of its large health data repository housed in the UK Center for... FULL STORY