Welcome to BIME

pth-use-this-oneWelcome to the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education.

Our vision is to unleash the potential for information to improve biomedicine, health and education. We do this via a three pronged approach leveraging the bidirectional synergies between a) basic and applied research, b) training the next generation of researchers and practitioners, and c) applying our expertise to the broader operations of UW Medicine including research, clinical care and medical education through the practice of Biomedical Informatics and the practice of Medical Education and Evaluation.

This quarter we are moving toward our vision with a number of activities. We recently celebrated graduations of many Master and PhD Students, and the end of the year for the Teaching Scholars Program. We have two new Clinical Informatics fellows who started in July 2018. We have a new cohort of students for our research focused MS and research focused PhD programs who will start in Fall 2018.  We are beginning a new overall strategic planning process for all of our Departmental activities in conjunction with preparing for our every 10 year academic program review. Finally we continue our faculty recruitment and expansion efforts for Fall 2018.

Cordially,

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

News Highlights

Following are some recent BIME news highlights. For more BIME news, publications, and events, check out our News and Events page.

 

The University of Washington’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (BIME), School of Medicine (SoM) and the iSchool have signed an agreement to create a new Biomedical and Health Informatics specialization in the iSchool’s undergraduate Informatics program. As part of this agreement, BIME faculty will offer a new undergraduate course this spring (BIME 498), and then two courses per year, starting in the 2018-19 academic year. The specialization will be jointly run by both units, with 4-6 course offerings per academic year.

This partnership and proposed specialization will support iSchool students’ ability to gain knowledge in the growing field of biomedical and health informatics. The SoM believes the new specialization will help bridge the gap in filling health care technology jobs. The proposed specialization will need approval from the University of Washington. 

With George Demiris’ departure in December, John Gennari, Associate Professor, has taken over the role of Graduate Program Director. John is excited about this new role, and looking forward to getting a broader view of our students and their research. As Graduate Program Director, he will work closely with Peter TH to help guide and grow our graduate program, so that our PhD and MS programs prepare students for leadership roles and successful careers in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

With George Demiris’ departure, Andrea Hartzler, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education took on the key role as the Co-director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies MS Program in November 2017.  She is working with co-director Hilaire Thompson, Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics. Dr. Hartzler’s research focuses on the human-centered design of collaborative health technologies. She is eager to meet new and continuing CIPCT students!

BIME Chair Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch was elected to serve on the ACMI Election and Nominations Committee.  Congratulations, Peter!

BIME Chair Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch was elected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Lead Team of national CTSA Informatics Domain Task Force.

The Center for World University Rankings has ranked medical informatics research as again tied 3rd in the world – read all the details in UW Medicine’s The Huddle article!

Congratulations to BHI Faculty Sean Mooney, Adam Wilcox and Kari Stephens for the CD2H award from NCATS!

CTSA Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H) has been awarded to Oregon Health & Science University, Northwestern University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks, together with The Scripps Research Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Iowa, and The Jackson Laboratory. The new CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health will be established with a $25M award over 5 years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (Grant U24TR002306).

Please read the full details here:  https://www.iths.org/blog/news/about-iths/ncats/a-new-national-center-for-digital-health-innovation/