Biomedical Informatics

The primary goal of the CTSC Biomedical Informatics Program is to leverage and enhance key resources from across the institutional partnership to benefit clinical and translational research. This program plays a critical role in integrating these resources, providing a central access point for researchers and establishing an infrastructure for interoperability and sharing, both locally (within the CTSC partnership) and nationally.

Informatics services for researchers are divided broadly into three general areas:

To promote knowledge sharing, the program hosts regular seminars by informatics experts in a variety of areas. Past seminars have included:

  • "Structured Vocabularies within the EMR: Benefits to Reporting and Decision Support" - Curtis Cole, MD
  • "Reliable estimation of performance for gene expression-based predictive models" - Fabien Campagne, PhD
  • "Urology and Surgery Informatics Efforts at MSKCC. Emphasis on the Caisis project" - Paul Fearn, MBA
  • "Epic Reporting and I2B2" - Itay Klaz, MD

A cross-institutional Biomedical Informatics Steering Committee meets regularly to ensure communication among informatics leaders across institutional groups and institutions. Five standing working groups ensure coordination of major informatics projects across the partner institutions:

  • Web Portal Working Group
  • Protocol Applications Working Group
  • Security and Identity Management Working Group
  • Data Sharing Working Group
  • Bioinformatics Working Group