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Information Resources and Technology

Henry Lowe M.D. Senior Associate Dean Information Resources and Technology

We facilitate excellence in education, biomedical and clinical research, and patient care through the application of innovative and effective information resources and technology

Information Technology is the use of hardware, software, services, and supporting infrastructure to manage and deliver information. Informatics is the scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data and knowledge their storage, retrieval and optimal use for

problem-solving and decision-making.

Knowledge Management is the collection of processes that govern the creation, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge

IRT Goals

Become a leader in the effective use of innovative information technology (IT) in biomedicine Integrate IT, informatics and knowledge management resources to support the biomedical mission Plan and implement IRT collaboratively Have IRT driven by a coherent strategic plan Support the Stanford Biomedical Communitys clinical, research and educational missions

Information Resources and Technology (IRT)

Senior Associate Dean position created March 2002

Our mandate is to develop, collaboratively, an effective IT strategy for the Stanford Biomedical Community

Provide state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and services Support access to and management of knowledge resources

Couple applied informatics with our needs

Integration of MedIT, SUMMIT and Lane Library IRT strategic planning completed September 2002

IRT Strategic Planning Group

Carole Buffum - Executive Director, Finance and Administration Parvati Dev - Associate Dean for Learning Technologies, IRT Jin Hahn - Associate Professor Of Neurology and Pediatrics

Rob Krochak - DFA, Department of Pathology

Michael Levitt - Professor Of Structural Biology and Computer Science Henry Lowe - Senior Associate Dean IRT

Shannon Moffett - Medical Student

Don Regula - Associate Professor of Pathology Valerie Su - Acting Director, Lane Library Gerry Weitz - Director of Operations, IRT

David OBrien - Director, Office of Institutional Planning

IRT Organization

Senior Associate Dean Information Resources and Technology Henry Lowe

Director of IT operations Gerry Weitz

Associate Dean Learning Technologies Parvati Dev

Director Lane Library Valerie Su (Acting)

Director IT Development Henry Lowe (Acting)

Director Privacy & Data Security Todd Ferris

Director Finance & Admin To Be recruited

Collaborative IRT Planning is Critical

The future of biomedicine is interdisciplinary There is a Stanford Biomedical Community The Hospitals, School of Medicine, Clark Center,

If translational research is to be successful,

information must flow effectively within this


Biomedical IRT planning and implementation

must be a collaborative community process




Our Development Model

Research Clinical Education

Stanford Biomedicine Community

Applications and Services

Support, Training, Advocacy & Planning Information Acquisition, Hosting, Management & Access Knowledge Access and Delivery INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT


Expertise Network Data Center Security Knowledge Resources Planning

Major Strategic Themes

Ubiquitous access to information Data privacy and security The Library as a Knowledge Management Center The Internet as a communications medium IRT as an innovative force in education Translational Informatics Enabling the translational research mission

Ubiquitous Access to Information

The future of computing rests on a wireless always on network connection. Wireless networking is progressing rapidly Mobile computing devices are becoming

smaller, cheaper, more powerful and better


Biomedical workers are often nomadic Major transforming potential in the clinical, research and educational environments

What IRT is Doing

Implementing an enterprise-wide wireless network

Convened a joint School-University-Hospital

secure wireless planning committee.

Appointed an Associate Director of Wireless Applications Development

Mandated secure wireless network standards Positioning all key information resources to be

Information Privacy and Security

New Federal and State regulations mandate
significant changes in how we handle information

Our ability and willingness to protect privacy and

secure information will become critical

Our clinical and translational research missions are

at particular risk

An issue in negotiating access to clinical data

What IRT is Doing

Created a process within the School to manage HIPAA implementation Convened a joint School-University-Hospital

committee to define data security standards for

the Biomedical Community

A secure data center for the School will open in

April 2003
Appointed a Director for Data Privacy and Security

Knowledge Management

Biomedicine is knowledge-based Ubiquitous electronic access to knowledge The Library as our Center for Knowledge Management - a library without walls Dean for Knowledge Management

A new Library Director who is also Associate

Knowledge-based clinical decision support as part of EMR deployment Addition of new knowledge resources (e.g. Genomic Resources)

Internet Strategy
The Web is our major point of contact with the World Internet strategy should support our strategic plan IRT Web design task force report The School needs a new Web site with:

Better navigational model

More consistent branding across the School

Tighter coordination with Hospital Web sites Separation of public and private Web services

Innovative Use of Learning Technologies

An IT-enabled educational environment

Easy, ubiquitous technology support Investment in simulation technologies

Balance innovation and current successful practice

Continuous evaluation and improvement

Training educators to use IT successfully

Inquiry-based education

Life-long learning and knowledge access skills

What IRT is Doing

Immersive Learning Center

Content production
Ubiquitous access to knowledge sources

Faculty support and development

Pilot projects Evaluation of impact

Translational Informatics



Knowledge Management

Informatics as an academic discipline can support translational research and be itself an important area of translational research


Information technology expertise alone cannot guarantee effective use of IT in biomedicine Informatics complements IT expertise in creating solutions to complex real-world problems in Biomedicine

The IRT strategic plan will create new opportunities

for Applied Informatics research and education

We need to grow our Applied Informatics


A Clinical Informatics Center

Clinical Informatics,in contrast to BioInformatics, is underdeveloped at Stanford The greatest need for Informatics is in the clinical and translational research areas

A new academic Clinical Informatics Center will

foster Informatics at the School level and work with Departments and institutes to help develop domain-specific
Informatics programs

The Hospitals to assist in the effective implementation of knowledge-based clinical systems

Clinical Systems Development

The EMR is a critical component of the Biomedical IT infrastructure Clinical systems development must be collaborative

Understanding workflow and context is critical

The academic user community should be a major driver

Tight integration with clinical research systems is essential Tight coupling of knowledge resources to the point of care

Where clinical IT has been successful it has

involved a real working partnership of Hospital IT, Clinical Informatics and the user community

Informatics and Translational Research

Data management Knowledge access & management Collaborative Systems High performance computing Access to clinical data Data analysis and visualization Integrated data repository Tissue banking systems Image managment Knowledge representation

Basic Research

EMR development Clinical data acquisition Clinical trials management Integration with clinical systems Knowledge-based decision making

Clinical Research

Major IRT Goals for 2003

Hospital-School IT steering committee Clinical Informatics Center Secure wireless network Planning for Clinical and Research Data Repository The Library as our Knowledge Management Center Data security policies for School

Immersive Learning Center

Task force to examine user support New Website for School