Technology and Informatics
Health care technology and informatics are integral aspects of Partners research initiatives. The study of resources and methods for the management of health information supports health information technology, medical practice, and medical research.
Partners offers researchers a range of services in the area of health care technology and informatics. We invite you to learn more about how our health care technology and informatics support can benefit the research community.
Please note, all of the links below go websites that are not on partners.org.
Clinical Informatics Research and Development (CIRD) is responsible for leading the development of clinical systems strategy for Partners HealthCare, conducting applied informatics research and development, and key design issues in Partners enterprise clinical systems (especially those involving complex clinical workflows, usability, controlled terminology, knowledge management, and clinical decision support).
Partners Research Information Services and Computing supports research by providing scientific services and technology, a centralized clinical data registry, genomics IT, specimen banking, and administrative systems. These specialized applications, processes and resources support basic, biomedical and clinical research missions across the academic medical centers of Partners HealthCare.
Many of the services are shared across the institutions at no cost to researchers. Additional services such as dedicated consultation, academic software licenses, data storage and back-up are offered on a fee-for-service basis.
i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) is a National Institutes of Health-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing based within Partners HealthCare.
The i2b2 Center is developing a scalable informatics framework that will enable clinical researchers to use existing clinical data for discovery research. When combined with IRB-approved genomic data, this will facilitate the design of targeted therapies for individual patients with diseases having genetic origins. This platform currently enjoys wide international adoption by the CTSA network, academic health centers, and industry.
i2b2 is funded as a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health.
The Clinical and Quality Analysis (CQA) group in Information Systems at Partners HealthCare conducts research evaluating the impact of clinical information systems on patient safety, quality, and care delivery.
CQA's efforts promote the understanding of the value of health care information technology (HIT) and inform the design, development, and implementation of effective tools to support quality patient care. CQA's work focuses on the practical application of clinical informatics both within and external to Partners HealthCare.
Dissemination of CQA's research findings through publications, presentations, and participation in policy forums contributes to local, national, and international progress in achieving the goal of health care advancement through information technology.
The Partners Research Applications Group is responsible for supporting the administrative systems required to manage Partners biomedical research portfolio. The group’s sponsored applications provide the core features necessary across research management – human studies oversight, grants and contracts processing and animal program management.