Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

Information technology has become an indispensible tool for the effective practice of medicine. Ensuring patient safety and best outcomes, finding the best evidence, practicing cost effective medicine, enabling systems-based care, and providing tailored decision-support for individual patients cannot be accomplished without sophisticated information technology. 
 
Biomedical Informatics is the discipline that fosters the development and implementation of complex technological interventions designed to improve medical care and patient outcomes. 
 
A four-year Biomedical Informatics Thread provides an opportunity for students to master the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the discipline. The major themes and topics of the thread are listed below as well as their location in the curriculum: Fundamentals (FND), Major Clinical Year (MCY), or Differentiation and Integration (D&I).
 
Theme Topic Location in Curriculum Phase
Knowledge Representation Mapping medical concepts Molecular Mechanisms FND
Information Retrieval Information Needs Fundations of Clinical Medicine FND
Information Retrieval Information Resources Mechanisms & Practice MCY
Information Retrieval Searching Skill Assessment Back to the Classroom D&I
Decision Analysis Decision Analysis Mechanisms and Practice MCY
Decision Analysis Sensitivity Analysis Back to the Classroom D&I
Decision Analysis Conditional Probability Back to the Classroom D&I
Clinical Applications Clinical Decision Support Back to the Classroom D&I
Clinical Applications Safety and Quality Back to the Classroom D&I
Clinical Applications Privacy and Security Back to the Classroom D&I
Clinical Applications Usability Back to the Classroom D&I