At the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR) we develop cutting-edge ways to acquire, represent, and process information about human health. Our work enables the Institute of Medicine’s vision for a Learning Health System by translating biomedical data into actionable insights for decision making.
Our research advances the state of the art in semantic technology, biostatistics, and the modeling of biomedical systems to benefit clinical and translational research as well as patient care.
We develop and manage the Protégé system for developing and maintaining ontologies, and the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, which provides both a repository as well as Web services for clinicians and biomedical scientists to use ontologies. We assist the World Health Organization (WHO) by creating the technological infrastructure for the development and dissemination of the International Classification of Diseases, the International Classification of Traditional Medicine, and other ontologies. WHO has designated BMIR an official Collaborating Centre.
BMIR faculty members and staff participate in the Stanford Biomedical Informatics (BMI) graduate program, and we house the BMI program’s support staff. Through our Quantitative Sciences Unit, we offer collaborative support on the application of techniques in biostatistics or biomedical informatics. We also offer short courses, tutorials, and seminars on biomedical informatics and about technologies developed at BMIR.
As healthcare and biomedicine overflow with more data than we can deal with, and as the knowledge base of medicine and biology expands exponentially, we focus on developing the tools and methods needed to translate biomedical data into actionable insights.