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Research    Clinical Informatics

Leveraging Patient Identity Management Systems to Improve Global Health

Being able to follow a patient’s progression through a health system is an important factor for care in any nation, but it can be more difficult in developing countries that face greater technological and data-related challenges.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date June 05, 2023
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Research    Diversity    Genetics

CU Researchers Weave Deeper Understanding of Diverse Ancestry and Gene Expression

Exploring diverse ancestry is a critical factor in furthering medical research.  

A new study published in Nature Genetics from researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, is the largest of its kind that focuses on ancestry correlations with biomedical traits and the first study to examine the role of genetic variants across diverse ancestries in regulating gene expression.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 25, 2023
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Research    rare disease

CU Data Scientists Develop Rare Disease Phenopacket Standard, Tools For Global Use

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have reached a major milestone in developing standards and tools for creating phenopackets that may foster more innovation and advancement in the medical field by allowing health professionals to more easily collect and share data.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Research    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Data analysis

Researchers Amplify Diverse Sourcing in Science Journalism

Following an analysis of more than 20,000 articles by researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a major science publication is implementing new policies to improve the diversity of its sources.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 05, 2023
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Research    Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-Assisted Authoring Tool Offers Timesaving and Transparency

As the world explores the new possibilities and uses of artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT, researchers at the University of Colorado Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) are integrating similar models into academic authoring.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date February 22, 2023
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Research    Health equity    Clinical Informatics    Clinical decision support (CDS)

AI-Powered Tool Uses Hospital Nursing Notes to Save Lives

For years, David Albers, PhD, associate professor of biomedical informatics at University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been haunted by a friend’s death. It was long before Albers contemplated a career in health care, when he was an undergrad studying physics and taking music lessons in his spare time from accomplished jazz musician Tony Williams.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 31, 2023
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Research    Students    Obesity

Gene Expression Study Reveals New Molecular Associations with Obesity

New research from the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has identified 45 genes whose gene expression is associated with body mass index (BMI), many of which have not been explored in obesity research before, after conducting a study using a multiethnic cohort.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 18, 2023
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Research    Community    COVID-19

How CU Data Scientists Are Debunking COVID-19 Misinformation

Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine spearheaded an innovative method to synthesize and compile accurate information about COVID-19 since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date January 12, 2023
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Research    Blood    Child & Adolescent

New Tool Provides Global Standard for Pediatric Blood Pressure Assessment

Using data from studies published in the medical literature over a 40-year time span, Peter DeWitt, PhD, a University of Colorado School of Medicine data scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), has developed an automated algorithm to address gaps in children’s blood pressure percentiles, providing a way to directly compare blood pressure measurements for children of the same age, sex, and height.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date December 12, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Faculty    Medical imaging

Novel Technology Designed to Increase MRI Speeds

Nicholas Dwork, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has filed a provisional patent for a technology that could increase scan speeds of three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The invention could lead to faster results, increase the clinical applications of MRIs, and ultimately improve patient care.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date December 05, 2022
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Research    Awards

CU Faculty Awarded $1.05 Million to Identify Family Relationships Using Electronic Health Data

Toan Ong, PhD, associate professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been approved for a $1.05 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project that will improve methods of conducting research using electronic health records (EHRs).


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date November 28, 2022
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Research    Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Professor Draws on Indigenous Roots in Approach to Research and Mentoring

From the University of Colorado Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) offices on the top floor of the Anschutz Health Sciences Building, one sees sweeping views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. DBMI Assistant Professor Katrina Claw, PhD, sees the lands that Native American tribes have called their home.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date November 21, 2022
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Research    COVID-19    Faculty    Public Health

How a COVID-19 Mortality Prediction Model Created by CU Data Scientists Could Provide Insights for the Next Pandemic

Overflowing intensive care units. A shortage of personal protective equipment. A scramble for hospital beds and ventilators. Health care workers pushed to the brink. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare many well-documented vulnerabilities of health care systems. The need for accurate and early clinical assessment of severity related to COVID-19 was vital to developing crisis standards of care to meet the growing pandemic. These standards of care are informed by mortality prediction models, which assess the risk of imminent death in patients.


Author Toni Lapp | Publish Date September 22, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Education    Clinical Research    CU Medicine Today   

Department of Biomedical Informatics Launches to Advance Patient Care Using Data-Driven Discovery

Connecting basic science and medicine with clinical and translational scientists, the University of Colorado School of Medicine is introducing the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) to enhance clinical care through integrated computational technology, laboratory investigations, and artificial intelligence (AI).


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date July 06, 2022
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Department of Biomedical Informatics In the News

Nature

Gene expression in African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans reveals ancestry-specific patterns of genetic architecture

news outletNature
Publish DateMay 26, 2023

CU Department of Biomedical Informatics researchers helped explore ancestry-related differences in the genetic architecture of whole-blood gene expression using whole-genome and RNA sequencing data from 2,733 African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans.

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PLOS ONE

Phenopacket-tools: Building and validating GA4GH Phenopackets

news outletPLOS ONE
Publish DateMay 25, 2023

The Phenopacket Schema developed by DBMI researchers is flexible and can represent clinical data for any kind of human disease including rare disease, complex disease, and cancer. It also allows consortia or databases to apply additional constraints to ensure uniform data collection for specific goals.

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HealthTech

30 Healthcare IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2023

news outletHealthTech
Publish DateMay 25, 2023

CT Lin, MD, a secondary professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, is among influencers and health IT leaders paving the way toward health equity and transforming healthcare’s approach to data.

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JAMA Network

Perspectives of Patients About Immediate Access to Test Results Through an Online Patient Portal

news outletJAMA Network
Publish DateMay 03, 2023

CT Lin, a secondary faculty member for the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the CU School of Medicine, looks at the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule that mandates the immediate electronic availability of test results to patients, as concerns remain about unintended effects of releasing abnormal test results to patients.

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