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We train future clinical informaticians and provide streamlined access to the data and informatics infrastructure required for research teams to rapidly employ real-world, clinically generated data to obtain new insights and translate discovery into better health.

Our informaticians, data scientists, and analysts work together to provide expertise through services including complex data design, clinical—decision support—tools build, Epic registry, and more. Services may be tailored to fit each investigator’s individual needs.

To provide access to better informatics solutions, the CTSA supports the Informatics Coordinating Office (ICO) which helps analyze needs, estimate the effort required, and prioritize projects for implementation. The ICO then redistributes this work among several teams, including the Clinical Informatics Center, the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, Research Informatics, and our Data Warehouse.

Clinical Informatics
Informatics Coordinating Office

Education & Training

Our education programs develop a workforce that will accelerate translational research and allow a new generation of adaptive, predictive models to improve the delivery of more precise patient care that follows best practices.

Fellowship in Clinical Informatics
Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Resources and Data Tools

Using multiple databases, as well as both self-service and guided data tools, researchers can query internal data from UTSW electronic health records (EHR). In certain cases, they may be able to access external data from our partner institutions (Parkland Health, Children’s Health, and Texas Health Resources), as well as large national data sources.

Observational Medical Outcome Partnership (OMOP)

UT Southwestern adopted the Observational Medical Outcome Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM), also known as OHDSI (Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics), to engage in reproducible and interoperable research. We are developing automated conversions of EHR data to OHDSI, which allows distributed queries across our CTSA Program hub and the CTSA network.

Evolve to Next-Gen ACT (ENACT)

Evolve to Next-Gen ACT (ENACT), funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), is a collaborative research platform that will enable investigators at CTSA Program hubs to conduct EHR research on any disease or condition from their desktop. ENACT is the next iteration of the ACT Network, the largest federated network for EHR-based cohort discovery, and CTSA Programs at UTSW, the University of Pittsburgh and UC San Diego are working in partnership with NCATS, to expand this program. Using de-identified data from EHRs for more than 142 million patients at 57 hubs, ENACT will also allow data scientists to develop and test EHR-based research tools.

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Questions about Informatics?

Informatics Coordinating Office