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2009 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

National Meeting 2009

2014 — Introducing New Medical Informatics Research Programs and Data Infrastructure for VA Researchers

Samore MS (Salt Lake City IDEAS Center ), Nebeker JR (Salt Lake City IDEAS Center), Brown SH (OI Health and Medical Informatics Office), Ward M (VA HSR&D Central Office)

Workshop Objectives:
At this pre-meeting workshop, we will introduce three new initiatives: the Consortium for Healthcare Informatics Research (CHIR), the Veterans’ Informatics, iNformation, and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI), and the VHA Innovation Program. CHIR will focus on natural language processing for the next two years and then phase in research in clinical informatics. VINCI is building a database to serve the research community and will provide centralized server space and software for high-power computing. The VHA Innovation Program, being developed in the Office of Information (OI), will allow critical, field-based healthcare informatics innovations to evolve based on collaborative constructive review by communities of interest, be piloted in a safe harbor for innovation, and be disseminated throughout the VHA.

We will present the CHIR research agenda and ways those who did not participate on the original CHIR proposal can collaborate with CHIR. We will discuss VINCI’s objectives, timeline, and ways researchers may provide ongoing input to the products and processes that VINCI will design for them. Finally, we will describe how the Innovation Program works and how researchers may get involved. We will leave ample time for questions and discussion.

Target Audience:
All investigators, data managers, and statisticians.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Passing familiarity with sources of VHA data, methods of data access, and clinical information systems would be beneficial but is not required.

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