DMICE History

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Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology timeline

  • 1980s  NLM Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) grant awarded to OHSU.
  • 1989 – J. Robert Beck, MD recruited to serve as first Director of the Biomedical Informatics Communication Center (BICC), bringing with him Kent Spackman, MD and Kathryn Pyle, AMLS, MA.
  • 1990 – First two faculty recruited to BICC, Bill Hersh, MD and Mark Helfand, MD.
  • 1991 – BICC Building opens; Heidi Nelson, MD, MPH recruited to General Medicine; Cindy Morris, PhD, MPH moves into new building.
  • 1992 – First informatics fellow completes his training, Paul Gorman, MD; NLM Informatics Training grant awarded.
  • 1996 – First informatics education program (Master of Science) approved and accepts first students.
  • 1997 – Academic group becomes Division of Medical Informatics & Outcomes Research (DMIOR); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) grant awarded.
  • 1998 – First MS degrees awarded.
  • 1999 – First online informatics course offered (MINF 510).
  • 2000 – Graduated Certificate program approved, with first graduates (online).
  • 2002 – Master of Biomedical Informatics and PhD programs approved.
  • 2003 – DMIOR awarded departmental status as Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE).
  • 2008 – Division of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology launched under leadership of Shannon McWeeney; David Dorr awarded $2.5M to establish Hartford Center.
  • 2010 – Great success in ARRA funding catapults DMICE to second in departmental funding for year ($23M).
  • 2012 – NLM informatics training grant and EPC grant renewed for fifth and fourth cycles respectively.
  • 2013 DMICE 10th Anniversary Celebration