NEW YORK (March 30, 2012) -- Weill Cornell Medical College announced today the establishment of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) to improve health and healthcare through informatics and technology. To commemorate the official opening, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Nirav R. Shah gave the keynote address.
The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy fosters collaboration among a team of faculty from multiple departments to address issues at the intersection of healthcare informatics and healthcare policy. Its members conduct research; develop, evaluate, and implement new technologies to transform the healthcare system; and drive improvements in health and healthcare policy.
"We are facing a watershed moment in healthcare delivery in the U.S., and it is more important than ever to study the innovative ways in which we can transform its practice and delivery," says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "The vital work of the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy will foster growth and effective use of technology, buttressing the healthcare industry for decades to come."
The Center's executive director is Dr. Rainu Kaushal, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics and chief of the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell Medical College.
"Through collaborative efforts, the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy conducts research and offers services and programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide critical insights into how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare," says Dr. Kaushal, who is also executive director of the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC) for New York State and director of Pediatric Quality and Patient Safety at the Komansky Center for Children's Health at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.
The Center comprises members and affiliates from various departments, including pediatrics, public health, medicine, radiology, pathology and urology. They have expertise in informatics, clinical medicine, health services research, biostatistics, public health, healthcare policy, healthcare analytics, computer science, economics and decision science. Together they pursue the Center's mission to improve health and healthcare through research, education, service and innovation.