Like many successful academic departments, DMICE has a diverse portfolio of research expertise and funded research. Some of the areas of expertise include the following, applied in biomedicine and health:
- Data Science
- Machine Learning
- Information Retrieval (search)
- Data Quality
- Natural Language Processing
- Image Analysis
- Workflow Analysis
Most of the department’s $12 million in annual research funding comes from agencies of the federal government, including the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Increasing amounts of funding come from industry, including software companies, device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, DMICE participates in local initiatives such as the Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio and the Portland Innovation Quadrant.
DMICE is also an international leader in informatics education. Its Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program is one of the oldest and largest in the field. Over two decades of operation, it has evolved not only its curriculum but also its mode of delivery. The program features two majors:
Health & Clinical Informatics (HCIN) – the original program, focusing on informatics and applied data analytics in health, healthcare, public health, and clinical research settings
Bioinformatics & Computational Biomedicine (BCB) – focusing on methods and deep analytics applied across omics, imaging, clinical medicine, and public health
This graduate level program, leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees, interests students from a variety of backgrounds, from healthcare and life sciences to information technology, computer science, and increasingly data science. Since its inception the Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program has awarded 831 degrees and certificates to 746 people, most of whom have gone on to successful careers with healthcare organizations, companies, academia, government, and research institutions.
DMICE also offers continuing education (CE) credits for various audiences, including 10x10 (“ten by ten”), in partnership with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and annual updates to those already established in the field. There has also been increasing demand for DMICE to teach informatics to students in other fields at OHSU, including medical students, nursing students, and biomedical PhD students.
Informatics is a field and career for the 21st century. There are a wide variety of jobs for people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents, all of whom can serve the health of society through effective use of information and associated technologies applied to health.
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