The spectrum of biomedical informatics (BMI) has always included public and population health. For the past 10-15 years, PHI has been characterized by a focus on biosurveillance, such as the early detection of bioterrorism, as well as global health threats such as SARS and H1N1. While the threat of a large-scale epidemic has not diminished, as evidenced by MERS, Ebola and now Zika, changes in national policies and funding priorities have steered PHI in new directions.
While infectious and emergent disease surveillance remains a key component, today’s needs and applications of PHI are broader. PHI seeks to apply the science of informatics to the growing needs of health systems and public health agencies to rapidly diagnose emergent phenomena, identify potential interventions to address health system challenges, measure effectiveness of interventions designed to address those challenges, and translate proven interventions into practice across health systems. Given a rapidly expanding health information infrastructure, public health agencies are rapidly transitioning away from paper-based methods towards using electronic health data received from providers and health systems. Agencies require modern approaches to data and information management as well as updated analytics and decision support to rapidly assess incoming data streams to identify emergent health threats and evaluate the impact of community based health interventions. Similarly, as health systems adopt EHR systems and implement population health management programs, they need tools to rapidly analyze clinical, as well as genomic, imaging, environmental and behavioral data, and inform population health decisions made by providers as well as care coordinators and health administrators.
Regenstrief is the right place and now is the right time to make that happen! Our fellowship program is looking for people who want to make the world better—and have the innate interest, the scientific acumen, and the desire to be surrounded by faculty and staff who are committed to transforming the public and population health care system in the US and the globe. Our program prepares Research Scientists to design, implement, and evaluate the impact of information technologies on population health in the context of public health and healthcare delivery organizations. The goal of the PHI fellowship program is to provide individuals with doctoral training who are interested in developing further analytical, methodological, and professional skills needed for informatics positions in academia, government, and industry. Come join us!!