Transforming health care through informatics
Using analytics to connect individuals, communities, and populations
The Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) was created to provide a campus focus and academic home for health informatics at Duke. Building on a distinguished history in applied health and clinical research informatics, the DCHI oversees an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education and research that will produce a new generation of physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health.
The DCHI is a collaboration among the nationally recognized Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. It reflects a synergy resulting from the various areas of informatics excellence across the three schools. The center is comprised of central leadership from participating academic programs and a cadre of expert faculty affiliated with the center. DCHI is also tightly integrated with Duke Health System operations. Duke students gain practical experience transforming healthcare through innovative use of information and information technology.
Directed by W. Ed Hammond, PhD, the Center is housed within the Duke Translational Medicine Institute with strong support from the Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and Duke Health Technology Solutions, the IT backbone of the Duke University Health System.
Duke as a pioneer in informatics
Duke has an important and extensive history in the field of informatics,
beginning with the evolution of electronic health records and HL7
standards. History continues to be made with its current informatics initiatives.