Goals

The Division of Biomedical Informacs has five Goals:

Goal 1. To coordinate the interdisciplinary informatics expertise across UK. 

The division will coordinate, develop and promote biomedical informatics infrastructure, services and educational initiatives across the UK enterprise.  The division will reduce duplication of effort, optimize efficient use of resources and pursue new opportunities.  The division will build strong partnerships in clinical informatics, cancer informatics, translational informatics, bioinformatics/biostatistics, computer science and engineering, public health and pharmaceutical informatics. These partnership and collaborations will span the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

Goal 2.  To utilize informatics for enhancing clinical care and operational initiatives at UKHC.

 The division's staff and faculty will be involved in multiple UKHC projects focused on improving healthcare quality, improving health outcomes and efficiency, and enhancing the linkage between clinical care and clinical research. The division research teams will actively participate in UKHC data governance committees, collaborate with the business intelligence team, supports enterprise quality and safety, and collaborate with the Center for Health Services Research to support development of a learning health system. IBI will also collaborate with the UKHC value-based healthcare committee to support improved coordination, shared resources, and enhanced problem-solving activities across the enterprise.

Goal 3.  To expand research initiatives and strengthen research infrastructure by providing coordinated service and support through the utilization of resources such as Enterprise Data Trust resources.

The UK CCTS Enterprise Data Trust (EDT) has an established regulatory framework and process across multiple data sources for researchers at the University of Kentucky, including support services for data integration, data analytics, natural language processing, and honest broker services. The IBI will facilitate the access and expansion of EDT data sources and support services by the coordination of resources and shared infrastructure.  Key research infrastructure collaborations includes the Center for Health Services research, the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, the Kentucky Cancer Registry, the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and the Center for Computational Sciences.

Goal 4.  To streamline, enhance, and expand informatics training programs.

UK currently has several graduate certificate programs related to biomedical informatics: an Applied Statistics certificate (statistics and biostatistics), a certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and an Informatics certificate (computer science). To train the next generation of biomedical informatics researchers, these offerings should expand to include Masters and PhD degree programs. IBI will work with Computer Science to investigate and develop the addition of a new track in biomedical informatics that could form the basis for advanced graduate degrees and serve as core courses for doctoral research programs in medicine, translational science, and pharmacy. We recognize that this program will be a significant new venture for the Department of Computer Science, but we believe that the IBI, with associated faculty from numerous departments and colleges, will actively participate in this graduate program and significantly contribute to the development of this course material.  

Goal 5.  To develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in BMI.

Through the efforts of existing and new faculty, the division will compete successfully for extramural grants, which will be enhanced by the collaborative efforts with other Centers and Colleges, other Universities, and interactions with UKHC.