National Center for Cognitive Informatics & Decision Making in Healthcare

The National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD) is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) 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 is a consortium of many institutions led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The award was one of four presented by ONC through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address key barriers to health information technology. NCCD's research focus area is Patient-Centered Cognitive Support. Dr. Jiajie Zhang is the Principal Investigator of this award, the Director of NCCD, and Dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston's School of Biomedical Informatics.

To see more about the groups and individuals involved in NCCD, please see our Personnel page. To see more about NCCD projects, please view our Research page.

Research Themes

  • Analysis of medical error
  • Distributed cognition and its applications to healthcare
  • Models of real world collaborative decision making and teamwork
  • Evaluation of human-computer interactions in the workplace
  • Design of human-centered health information systems
  • Information visualization for clinical decision making
  • Neural basis and computational models of medical decision making
  • Workflow in healthcare and agent based modeling
  • Analysis of competent performance for health professionals
  • Cognitive linguistics and medical decision making
  • Distributional semantics