UC Medical Center Receives $1.6 Million National Technology Grant
Published June 2003
The UC Medical Center will receive more than $1.6
million over the next four years from the National Institutes of Health
(NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) to build "knowledge management
systems" that will revolutionize how researchers, educators, students
and practitioners at the UC Medical Center organize and apply
information. The Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems
(IAIMS) operations grant will transform current database systems from
separate repositories of data intended for back office use to an
integrated network of services that provides information to many at the
UC Medical Center when and where they need it, and in the format of
"The reason we have been successful on this grant
proposal is that we were able to demonstrate to the NIH that we work
collaboratively across all four colleges, across institutions, and that
we have both the cultural and the technical skills in place to make it
happen," said John Hutton, MD, professor of pediatrics and principal
investigator of the grant.
The challenge now is to build "knowledge management
systems" that not only give people access to data and information, but
also empower them to turn the organized, filtered and relevant
information into knowledge. The IAIMS program will fund the accelerated
development of three main projects:
- Portfolio-Based Credentialing This project will
maintain a complete, multimedia record of students' and residents'
classroom, laboratory and clinical performance across the curriculum.
Faculty and students will be able to complete and review evaluations
and track the performance of students over the Internet. The portfolio
will provide continuous feedback to both faculty and students. A record
of students' and residents' clinical performance will also streamline
the credentialing process. "The ability to track student performance
over multiple years will allow faculty to customize student experiences
to maximize their learning opportunities," said Bill Fant, PharmD,
assistant dean for clinical and external affairs, UC College of
Pharmacy, and co-investigator for the grant.
- Research Administration Researchers and
administrators will share information through the integrated digital
environment, which will reduce the time spent processing paper
documents. In this digital environment, researchers will also have
direct access to information pertinent to their research. "This project
will create an integrated suite of smart digital services that will
make the entire grant preparation, post grant monitoring, and
compliance process paperless," said Roger Guard, assistant senior vice
president for Academic Information Technology & Libraries, UC
Medical Center, and co-investigator for the grant.
- Bioinformatics This project will coordinate and give
researchers and students access to the information systems and
biostatistical services that support genomic research. The
bioinformatics project will also create management tools to catalog and
organize the massive amounts of information on genomic research and
will train students and researchers to use the bioinformatics
applications. "Bioinformatics is a new field with little definition,"
said Dr. Hutton. "With IAIMS, UC has the opportunity to shape its
future on the national level."
In 1986 and 1988, the UC Medical Center received the
first IAIMS modeling and planning grants to integrate the information
systems within the UC Medical Center and The University Hospital. These
early initiatives helped to catalyze the development of infrastructure
that resulted in universal network access at UC.
For more information about IAIMS, visit http://medcenter.uc.edu/iaims.