Yale Center for Medical Informatics (YCMI)
For nearly three decades, the Yale Center for Medical Informatics (YCMI) has been widely known for its research training program supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), serving as a hub for biomedical informatics education, training, and research.
YCMI has trained roughly 100 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students over the past 30 years. Many have gone into academic careers nationwide. Many others are working for health systems, industry, consulting, and government agencies.
Led by Perry Miller, MD, PhD, professor of anesthesiology, with co-directors Cynthia Brandt, MD, professor of emergency medicine, and Michael Krauthammer, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology, now heading the NLM-supported training program, YCMI has produced many leaders in the field of informatics, including those at Yale. Among them are Brandt and:
- Allen Hsiao, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, who serves as Chief Medical Information Officer for the School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS).
- Prem Thomas, MD, who leads the health system’s data warehouse development team.
- Nitu Kashyap, MD, executive director of clinical informatics for YNHHS
- Ryan O’Connell, MD, vice president for performance and risk management for Bridgeport Hospital
- Yauheni Solad, MD, medical information officer for Greenwich Hospital
- Hyung Paek, MD, medical director of information technology for Greenwich Hospital
Together with Mark Gerstein, PhD, professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry and computer science, Miller also co-founded Yale’s PhD program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He and Richard Shiffman, MD, professor of pediatrics, co-direct the Clinical Informatics Pathway of Yale’s Master of Health Science program, which trains postdoctoral clinicians. YCMI faculty members also teach workshops and didactic courses on such topics as data management and analysis, database design for clinical research, and clinical and translational informatics.
For medical students, who will need to be proficient in utilizing EHRs in their clinical practice and research, Yale Information Technology Services has created a version of the Epic application. This initiative is part of the new medical school curriculum, allowing students early in their pre-clinical years to follow and virtually care for patients over time in a real and dynamically changing system.
Perry Miller, MD, PhD
Perry Miller, MD, PhD, is a physician and a computer scientist whose research includes clinical, genome, and neuro- informatics and who is particularly interested in the intersection of these broad areas. He is also working at the West Haven VA Medical Center where he is helping build up informatics research and training activities closely integrated with those at Yale.
“Biomedical Informatics has been growing extremely rapidly as a field,” said Miller. “It impacts virtually all areas of clinical medicine and biomedical research, including their translational intersection. A major national priority is training people to meet the needs of new programs and rapidly expanding existing programs at virtually all academic medical centers.”