The Iowa Health Data Resource: Building the Future of Health Informatics at the University of Iowa

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Overview: Analyzing patient data plays a central and critical role in advancing research across the broad spectrum of health care. This project will improve how the UI research community accesses and utilizes health science data by establishing the Iowa Health Data Resource (IHDR) on which future health informatics research initiatives can be built. This P3 funded project {link to : https://now.uiowa.edu/2021/06/7-collaborative-projects-approved-p3-funding } will position the UI as a national competitor for building interdisciplinary programs for next-generation research, curriculum, and student-engaged research development.

Who: IHDR is an intercollegiate project sponsored by the University of Iowa Health Science colleges and involved collaborators throughout campus.  Project oversight is provided by a steering committee {link steering committee list in people here}. An Intercollegiate Advisory and Implementation team (IAI team) {link to IAI list in people here} are charged with realizing the goals of the project

 

Project goals

  1. Improve the understanding and availability of health data on campus. The IHDR will be designed by an intercollegiate team (Intercollegiate Advisory and Implementation Team: IAI-team) that will help customize the resource to fit the broad needs of health science research on campus. This team will also serve as advisors for investigators seeking the best ways to access, query, and analyze health data and how to develop grant proposals that will use this resource.
  2. Build transformative data sets for health science research. The IAI-team faculty will use data integration and mapping methodologies to create transformative data collections. These datasets will be a core part of several existing and emerging grant proposals for which faculty on this proposal are either PIs or Co-Is on.
  3. Establish a data enclave to enable big data and AI approaches to health and biomedical science using existing computational resources in ITS to access new health data storage resources managed by University of Iowa Healthcare. A critical feature of this data enclave is to supply data to Iowa-sponsored big data projects that use artificial intelligence (AI) methods such as machine learning and predictive analytics. This computational resource will provide data security, appropriate access for wide variety of users, and link to data from different health areas across Iowa.

 

People:

Leadership

IHDR Director: Boyd Knosp, MS, FAMIA, Associate Dean for IT (CCOM/ICTS)

IHDR Assistant Director: Heath Davis, MS, MLIS Assistant Director for Biomedical Informatics (CCOM/ICTS) 

 

Intercollegiate Advisory and Implementation Team (IAI Team)

Ryan M. Carnahan, Professor Epidemiology (COPH

Cole G. Chapman, Assistant Professor Phar Practice and Science (COP

Rhonda R DeCook, Research Specialist (COPH)

Karen D. Lopez, Associate Professor, Nursing (CON) 

Scott J. Egerton, Research Associate, Phar Practice and Science (COP

Brian M. Gryzlak, Research Associate, Epidemiology (COPH) 

Ash A. Hoberg, Senior IT Support Consultant (ICTS) 

Charles W. McBrearty, Assistant Dean, Dental Support Services (COD

Jacob J. Michaelson, Associate Professor, Psychiatry (CCOM

Chris E. Ortman, Senior Application Developer Informatics (CCOM) 

Kirk T. Phillips, Program Director, Medical Administration (COPH

Donna A. Santillan, Research Associate Professor OBGYN (CCOM

Mary Sarrazin, Associate Professor Internal Medicine (CCOM, VA) 

Lucas Van Tol, Senior Systems Administrator (HCIS) 

Jessica Wolf, Nursing Clinical/HC research Assistant (CON) 

Michael J. Wright, Senior Database Architect (ICTS) 

Erliang Zeng, Assoicate Professor Dental Research (COD

 

IHDR Steering Committee

Lee T. Carmen, Associate Vice President (HCIS

Steven R. Fleagle, Associate Vice President CIO Office (ITS

James M. Blum, Associate Professor Anesthesia (UIHC

Douglas Van Daele, Associate Dean Otolaryngology (UIHC

Robert C. Piper, Associate Dean Research, Professor Molec Physiology & Biophy (CCOM

Barbara A. Rakel, Associate Dean, Nursing (CON

David L. Roman, Professor, Pharm Sci & Exper Therap (COP

Xian Jin Xie, Associate Dean, Dental Research (CON

Heath Davis, Assistant Director for Biomedical Informatics (CCOM/ICTS) 

Aaron K. Kline, Director, Research Development Office (OVPR)