Yale Establishes New Department of Biomedical Informatics & Data Science

The Department of Biomedical Informatics & Data Science (BIDS) at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) has recently been granted department status by the Yale Corporation. BIDS, which was previously part of YSM, has been a leader in biomedical informatics and holds one of the longest-standing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported training programs in the field.

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, MBA, who joined YSM in 2022 to lead BIDS and serve as deputy dean for biomedical informatics, has played a significant role in the department’s success. Under her leadership, BIDS has attracted other prominent leaders in the field and currently comprises 12 ladder-track faculty, 13 research-track faculty, and 40 secondary faculty. These faculty members have received numerous awards from the NIH and professional societies and have served on national committees, advisory boards, and university committees.

BIDS has made significant progress in its research, education, and services missions since its creation. The department has garnered $23 million in grant funding and is focused on re-engineering processes for clinical data organization, analysis, and access while developing the necessary computational infrastructure for utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics in a secure and privacy-protecting manner with an emphasis on reducing health disparities.

Obtaining department status will allow BIDS to continue building on its success while increasing its national visibility. This recognition acknowledges the achievements of Dr. Ohno-Machado and her dedicated faculty at BIDS while further advancing efforts to attract top talent in the field. As a result of this recognition, YSM is now positioned as a leader in AI medicine.

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