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.
There is a paucity of real-world clinical data that evaluates adverse drug effects in women, among other underserved populations, due to a long history of trials done on relatively homogenous patient populations (healthy white males). Columbia researchers, led by DBMI professor Nicholas Tatonetti, developed AwareDX (Analysing Women At Risk for Experiencing Drug toxicity), an algorithm that leverages advances in machine learning to predict sex risks.