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Center for Biomedical Informatics

The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) is focused on improving health care through informatics. We develop and apply health information technology solutions to generate knowledge about health, disease and treatment, help clinicians make optimal decisions, empower patients, and inform healthcare policy. To do so, we work on clinical applications, computer-based decision support, data mining, advanced analytics, healthcare information standards, and global health.

CBMI developed and advanced one of the nation’s first electronic medical record systems, one of the country’s first computerized provider order entry systems, and a health information exchange which has made Indiana the most health-wired state in the country, as well as a national model for health data exchange.

These applications and tools are widely recognized for their roles in improving quality of care, efficiency of healthcare delivery, reducing medical errors, and enhancing patient safety.

In 1972, Dr. Clement McDonald pioneered the first work in what would become the Center for Biomedical Informatics when he and his collaborators developed the Regenstrief Medical Record System, a physician-designed, integrated patient information system in the Wishard Diabetes Clinic. One of the first computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, Medical Gopher, was implemented in Wishard Hospital in 1986. These early innovations positioned CBMI to play a leading role in the development of health information systems, tools, and infrastructure.