Health Care and Clinical Research Informatics

Faculty: Aziz Boxwala, Brian Chapman, Wendy Chapman, Kamalika Chaudhuri, James Chen, Anders Dale, Robert El-Kareh, Mark Ellisman, Christine Fennema-Notestine, Amilcare Gentili, Steve Jiang, Hyeoneui Kim, Grace Kuo, Maryann Martone, Thomas Nelson, Staal Vinterbo

The study of health care informatics grounds students in the intersection of clinical medicine, clinical research, cognitive science, and information science. Students learn how the organization of health care delivery, human cognition, data complexity and uncertainty, and access to information affect optimal delivery of care, and how proper analysis, management, and presentation of information can help in this delivery process. Students become familiar with aggregation and sharing of data to facilitate knowledge discovery and clinical research informatics.

Specializations within healthcare informatics include imaging informatics, standardized data representation, clinical decision support, pharmacy informatics, and clinical research informatics.

  • Imaging Informatics: Students specializing in imaging informatics acquire a solid foundation in the medical imaging information chain, from the physical and mathematical principles defining the nature of the image information to the use of image information in clinical decision-making. Research in imaging informatics will leverage the multiple on-campus resources, such as many basic science imaging laboratories on campus, the cientific and data visualization resources at SDSC and CalIT2, and clinical imaging at affiliated hospitals.
  • Electronic Health Records and Clinical Decision Support: Students specializing in clinical decision support acquire a strong foundation in the effective design, implementation, and rigorous evaluation of systems that enable improved medical decision making for clinicians. Students will study current clinical decision support systems (CDSS), evidence-based medical decision-making, human-computer interface design, knowledge generation and representation, integration of systems into clinical workflow, and the ethical and legal considerations involving these systems, with a strong emphasis on privacy technology.
  • Pharmacy Informatics: The study of pharmacy informatics focuses on using informatics to improve the efficacy and safety of drug therapy through prescription tools (e.g., integration of intelligent medication selection and dosing applications), dispensing tools (e.g. bedside bar coding technology), and adverse drug events monitoring, reporting, and discovery through data mining, statistical process control, and other techniques.
  • Clinical Research Informatics: Students in this track explore the management and analysis of data for clinical research purposes. Research projects will leverage the multiple clinical research informatics projects currently underway at UCSD.