Use of existing information repositories for high impact research: Local examples with global reach
Research dollars are increasingly difficult to get, however quality research can be done inexpensively by harnessing existing informational repositories. Research focusing on existing data is especially important in healthcare, where value of care (increasing quality of care at a lower cost) is becoming an important goal for patients, providers, and health plans. In the world of ever growing biomedical data, patient care can be greatly improved with multidisciplinary science including information science, medicine, genetics, and epidemiology. This presentation will focus on several projects implemented by Dr. Linkov that harness existing easily accessible data, including UPMC Cancer registry, UPMC claims data, ongoing project harnessing PATH network (epidemiology of Idiopathic Pulmonory Fibrosis), etc. This work has important implications for personalized medicine. The goal of this presentation is to overview and discuss multidisciplinary research opportunities in the fields of biomedical informatics and epidemiology and identify opportunities for collaboration.