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Weill Cornell Medical College Establishes Center for Healthcare Informatics

April 2, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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New York, City-based Weill Cornell Medical College has announced the establishment of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP), which will aim to improve healthcare through informatics and technology. Members will conduct research; develop, evaluate, and implement new technologies to transform the healthcare system; and drive improvements in health and healthcare policy.

"We are facing a watershed moment in healthcare delivery in the U.S., and it is more important than ever to study the innovative ways in which we can transform its practice and delivery," sys Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, said in a statement. "The vital work of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy will foster growth and effective use of technology, buttressing the healthcare industry for decades to come."

The Center's executive director will be Dr. Rainu Kaushal, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics and chief of the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell Medical College.  It will comprise members and affiliates from various departments, including pediatrics, public health, medicine, radiology, pathology and urology. They have expertise in informatics, clinical medicine, health services research, biostatistics, public health, healthcare policy, healthcare analytics, computer science, economics and decision science.

On top of research, the Center will offer education, including a two-year Fellowship in Healthcare Quality and Medical Informatics Research training program, which will provide an educational experience in health services research and informatics methods through classes and mentored research projects. It will also offer a Health IT Certificate Program, a five-month executive-format program emphasizing pragmatic training to address the technical, legal, social, financial, and clinical environment surrounding implementation of electronic health records systems.

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