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. History continues to be made with its current informatics initiatives.