VUMC unveils new informatics center for public health  

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is launching a new center for developing and testing informatics to strengthen the link between population health and public health.

The Center for Improving the Public's Health Using Informatics will collaborate with state and national public health agencies to develop informatics, analytics and research programs in the areas of healthcare data exchange, medical product surveillance, public health reporting and integration of data systems, among other subjects.

CIPHI is a joint venture of VUMC's Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. It will be co-directed by VUMC faculty Michael Matheny, MD, and Melissa McPheeters. Dr. Matheny serves as an associate professor for the medical center's biomedical informatics and biostatistics department, and Ms. McPheeters is a research professor for the university's health policy and biomedical informatics departments.

"With the explosion of data science and increasing access to public and private data sources, we can innovate with new methods and frameworks to improve methods and processes in areas of analytics, reportable conditions, and medical product surveillance, and to work with operational partners to disseminate these developments," Dr. Matheny said in a news release.

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