About

Mission

The mission of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is to improve human health, health care, and biomedical research through leadership, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge in biomedical informatics and clinical epidemiology via education, research, and service.

Our Department

The Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is one of 29 academic departments in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). DMICE provides leadership, discovery and dissemination of knowledge in clinical informatics, clinical epidemiology, and bioinformatics / computation biology. Our mission is fulfilled through programs of research, education, and service. DMICE programs are recognized internationally for their accomplishment and innovation.

The Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) is housed in the Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC) on the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Marquam Hill campus. The Department Chair is William Hersh, MD and the Vice Chairs are Cynthia Morris, PhD, Joan Ash, PhD, David Dorr, MD, Shannon McWeeney, PhD, and Heidi Nelson, MD, MPH.

DMICE consists of more than 80 faculty members, including those with primary academic appointments in the department, those from other OHSU departments with joint appointments, and affiliate faculty who work at healthcare institutions, companies, and other organizations outside OHSU.

The department has a rich and diverse research portfolio, attracting about $10 million per year in external funding. Department faculty publish in a variety of prestigious journals, receive invitations to speak at locations around the world, and are otherwise sought after for their expertise and leadership.

Our Biomedical Informatics Educational Program

The OHSU Biomedical Informatics program is one of the largest of its kind in the world and celebrated its 20th year in 2017. As of June 2018, 757 degrees have been awarded in the OHSU informatics program since its inception, including 27 Ph.D. degrees, 308 master's degrees, and 422 graduate certificates. Program tracks (concentrations) are in clinical informatics and bioinformatics and computational biology. The program is home to the largest and second-longest standing National Institutes of Health training grant at OHSU and also was one of the first to establish a fellowship in the new physician subspecialty of clinical informatics.

Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC)

The Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) conducts systematic reviews of health care topics for federal and state agencies and private foundations. These reviews report the evidence from clinical research studies and the quality of that evidence for use by policymakers in decisions on guidelines and coverage. The Center is one of 14 EPCs sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Investigators with the Evidence-based Practice Center have a particular interest in diagnostic technology assessment, prevention effectiveness, evidence-based informatics, research in managed care, and critical appraisal of cost-effectiveness analysis and decision analysis. In the past, faculty affiliated with the Center have investigated areas such as acute head injury, pain management, drug effectiveness, thyroid function tests, cancer screening, diagnostic use of upper GI endoscopy, asthma diagnosis and management, telemedicine, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, vaginal birth after cesarean section, and statewide trauma systems