Located on the Columbia University Medical Center (CUIMC) campus, the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is both an academic department and an information services partner to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a major healthcare provider in greater New York.
One of the oldest informatics departments in the nation, faculty and students at DBMI have set the path for design of clinical information systems, methodologies in clinical natural language processing, and machine learning over electronic health record data. Faculty research includes the development and evaluation of innovative information technologies, which has led to enhancements in both health and healthcare.
Both faculty and students work in a highly collaborative environment, applying informatics from the atomic level to global populations.
Population-level data continues to become more available, but for specific individuals, that may not be enough to provide clear guidance on critical, life-altering decisions. This is especially true in the area of breast cancer.
Dr. Rita Kukafka is leading work in the field of interventional studies, which focuses on the development of decision-support tools that promote understanding of breast cancer risk and breast cancer management decisions in ethnically diverse populations for cancer prevention.