The Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) at Emory was established in 2011 as an organisational unit in Emory’s School of Medicine. BMI is dedicated to facilitating multidisciplinary projects in biomedical informatics related to integrative research and data sceince, as well as to the recruitment to Emory of talented faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. BMI fosters development of Biomedical Informatics activities throughout Emory University, with active funded collaboraitons with the departments of Biomedical Engineering (joint with Georgia Tech), Neuroscience, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, and the Rollins School of Public Health.
BMI works closely with the Emory MathCS Department, Emory Healthcare and ACTSI to spearhead rapid developmental educational programs including a new Biomedical Informatics PhD track in the Computer Science and Informatics PhD program, an Informatics Masters of Science in Clinical Research, a CME granting clinical informatics educational series and a popular and well attended two day intensive informatics course aimed at health care workers and researchers.
In the context of a variety of funded NIH program grants, BMI collaborates closely with Kaiser Georgia, Morehouse School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Center, Georgia Tech, and the national CTSA community in development and use of methods for using electronic health data to support comparative effectiveness and genomic research. The strong BMI team played important roles in the renewal of the pivotal Atlanta Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (ACTSI) and the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). In the ACTSI, the Biomedical Informatics program is developing high end computing and big data infrastructure to support translational research along with development of tools and methods designed to leverage electronic health records for use in research studies, together with cutting edge tools to provide varying and well controlled levels of access to complex patient research datasets.