Research Centers
2014-2016 Student Handbook

The Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics Research Center for Computational Biomedicine
Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare

The Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics Research

The Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics Research (CBPHIR) was established by SBMI to coordinate research and development of next generation informatics infrastructures and technological platforms relevant to the public health preparedness, bioterrorism readiness, emergency response and situation awareness.

The Center promotes collaborative research and technology development activities in the context of:

  • Bioterrorism Preparedness (Situation Awareness), Emergency Response and Command, Control and Communication, in City, County, State and National levels.
  • Education, Training and Drill for emergency response and mass casualty event preparedness, using state of the art information technologies
  • Community Awareness and Public Preparedness Services
  • Biomedical, Clinical and Public Health Informatics

The primary mission and objectives of the Center are to be the pioneering research entity nation-wide, designing and developing the next generation of information systems and emergency response management infrastructure for public health preparedness. The center promotes a multidisciplinary collaboration environment between university researchers, private enterprises and government agencies to provide state of the art technologies, research and development infrastructures and training, education and drill opportunities for the students, scientists, and for the community.

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Center for Computational Biomedicine

The Center for Computational Biomedicine (CCB) aims to support biomedical discovery by developing, evaluating, and applying novel informatics methods and software to extract and analyze heterogeneous biomedical data. Led by Hua Xu, PhD, the CCB consists of faculty, staff, and students at SBMI. It is a unique research platform that fills in gaps between bioinformatics and clinical informatics research. Current research and service activities of CCB includes:

  • Healthcare Data Analysis
  • Biomedical Literature Mining
  • Translational Bioinformatics

Additional information regarding the Center can be found on their website: https://sbmi.uth.edu/ccb/.

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Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center

The mission of the Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center (GCREC) is to facilitate safe, effective, and meaningful use of state-of-art health information technology by all healthcare providers in the region by focusing on primary care practices and their integration with local, state, and federal Health Information Exchange activities with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the citizens they serve. The Center's priority is helping providers fully understand and take advantage of the full benefits of electronic health records. The Center enables providers to achieve meaningful use objectives, minimize financial and administrative burdens, reduce costs associated with medical errors, improve patient safety and quality of care and prepare and position providers for future pay for performance.

Additional information regarding the Center can be found on their website: https://sbmi.uth.edu/gcrec/.

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National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare

National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD) is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT under the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program, which seeks to support improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through advanced information technology.

NCCD carries out interdisciplinary research projects to address the cognitive challenges identified by ONC which include:

  • Work-Centered Design
  • Cognitive Foundations for Decision Making
  • Adaptive Decision Support
  • Model-based Data Summarization

Additional information regarding the Center can be found on their website: https://sbmi.uth.edu/nccd/.

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