Over 100 years ago, Abraham Flexner reviewed the state of US medical education and its impact on the practice of medicine. What he reported about the lack of modern science in medicine caused half of the medical schools in this country to close. Today we are at another Flexnerian moment. Medicine and biomedical science are data- and knowledge-processing enterprises that are largely conducted without any of the modern tools of quantitative analysis or automation.
On July 1, 2015, we are inaugurating the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. This new department, built on our ten-year history as the Center for Biomedical Informatics, will bring quantitative methods and engineering to biomedicine at HMS. It is our mission to ensure that the next 100 years result in the breakthrough treatments and scientific insights we presaged in a New England Journal of Medicine piece entitled "A Glimpse of the Next 100 Years in Medicine."
New Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School News | January 14, 2015
Q&A: Isaac Kohane on the Goals, Tasks for HMS's New Biomedical Informatics Department
GenomeWeb | Jan 20, 2015
Toward Precision Medicine: Building scale in biomedical informatics
Harvard Gazette | May-June 2015
Harvard Medical School News | June 19, 2015
Listening to the Voice of the Patient in Precision Medicine
Forbes | 6/26/2015
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Longwood Medical Area
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115