DBMI Working Groups


DBMI faculty, students and staff are welcome to join the Columbia HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) Lab, which is designed to create a center of excellence around the use of the HL7 FHIR in our research and service. The mission of the FHIR Lab is to leverage the interoperability opportunities provided by the HL7 FHIR standard to improve patient-centered care, care coordination, and a learning health system. This Lab is intended to be a collaborative community of learning and activism around this transformative technology for healthcare.

FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is an interoperability standard developed by HL7 (Health Level Seven), an international consensus based standards development organization. FHIR is a powerful interoperability tool for informatics. It provides the promise of a modern way of freeing information for innovation by using modern web technologies such that applications can be deployed that are not tied to a specific large health IT vendor, provider, or payer. 
Current use cases in the Columbia HL7 FHIR Lab include communication about breast cancer risk, depression screening and management, dementia functional staging via mobile app, HIV management including self-management, the CONCERN project for real-time detection of patient decompensation in the ICU, embedded EHR Clinical Decision Support to support EMerge, and more.
The lab is composed of Columbia University students, faculty, and staff with a common interest in FHIR, and it has widened its community to include NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell.
The FHIR Lab is led by Virginia Lorenzi, NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) senior technical architect, and Suzanne Bakken, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, who share a similar passion for the potential of standards to create a more interoperable healthcare system.
Collaboration in DBMI’s FHIR Lab takes place in meetings called FHIR Circles and FHIR Fridays, and asynchronously through our Slack Channel.
FHIR Circle (monthly on Tuesday afternoons) — gathering for training and collaborative support to encourage and facilitate employment of FHIR in research and service. 
FHIR Friday (several Fridays during the academic year) — full-day session for hands-on experimentation and skill development in FHIR implementation and profiling.
To sign up for the lab or for additional information, please contact the co-chairs at vlorenzi@nyp.org and sbh22@cumc.columbia.edu.

Phenotyping Workshop

The Phenotyping Working Group provides faculty, students, and staff within the Department of Biomedical Informatics an opportunity to collaborate one research around the design, development, and evaluation of phenotypes for use in the Columbia database, and across all observational data sources, including the OHDSI community.

OHDSI, or the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics community, is a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary collaboration that strives to bring out the value of health data through large-scale analytics. All solutions are open-source. OHDSI has established an international network of researchers and observational health databases with a central coordinating center housed at Columbia University.

The OHDSI data network includes more than 600 million patient records throughout more than 100 global databases. This data network has been instrumental in several published studies, including in The Lancet, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, JAMIA and more.

The Phenotyping Working Group meets bi-weekly on Fridays between 2:30 – 4:00 pm.