Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP)

The Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), founded in 1994 and directed by Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, is a multidisciplinary applied research and education program at Boston Children's Hospital.

Biomedical science

Biomedical informatics has become a major theme and methodology for biomedical science, health care delivery, and population health, involving high-dimensional modeling and understanding of patients from the molecular to the population levels. We design information infrastructure for medical decision-making, diagnosis, care redesign, public health management, and re-imagined clinical trials. The field is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on traditional biomedical disciplines, the science and technology of computing, data science, biostatistics, epidemiology, decision theory, omics, implementation science, and health care policy and management. Our faculty are trained in medicine, data science, computer science, mathematics and epidemiology. Though CHIP has a robust pediatric research agenda, our interests span across all ages.

The ability to acquire and then reason over an entire spectrum of data types ranging from molecular and genomic all the way to clinical, epidemiological, environmental and social is now seen as central to improving patient care and advancing biomedical science.

Embracing data

This vision has led CHIP faculty to pursue interests in the methods, approaches, and tools of biomedical informatics and to an understanding that, increasingly, biomedical research and medical practice involve knowledge management and engineering and data-to-knowledge processes that can only be performed at scale by embracing the full spectrum of available data.

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