Transforming healthcare through informatics

Using analytics to connect individuals, communities, and populations

Under the direction of  W. Ed Hammond, PhD,  the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI) is Duke’s academic home for health informatics, built on a distinguished history in applied research informatics. DCHI oversees an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education and research designed to bring together informaticians as well as physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health. DCHI is comprised of central leadership from participating academic programs and a cadre of expert faculty affiliated with the Center. DCHI promotes research and education in a broad range of environments, which provides students with a variety of options for practical experience to achieve specific career goals.

Program leadership

The Center is housed within the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) with strong support from the Duke University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and the Duke Health Technology Solutions IT organization.

Duke as a pioneer in informatics

Duke has an important and extensive history in the field of informatics, beginning with the evolution of electronic health records and HL7 standards. The DCHI Director, Dr. Hammond, developed one of the first electronic health records in the 1960’s and is one of the HL7 founders. His contributions to the field of informatics led to the American Medical Association’s presentation to him of the Morris F. Collins award in 2003.