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Information Resources and Technology. Henry Lowe M.D. Senior Associate Dean Information Resources and Technology. We facilitate excellence in education, biomedical and clinical research, and patient care through the application of innovative and effective information resources and technology.

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information resources and technology
Information Resourcesand Technology

Henry Lowe M.D.

Senior Associate Dean

Information Resources and Technology

We facilitate excellence in education, biomedical and clinical research, and patient care through the application of innovative and effective information resources and technology


“Informatics is the scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data and knowledge - their storage, retrieval and optimal use for problem-solving and decision-making.”

“Knowledge Management is the collection of processes that govern the creation, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge”


“Information Technology is the use of hardware, software, services, and supporting infrastructure to manage and deliver information.”

irt goals
IRT Goals
  • Become a leader in the effective use of innovative information technology (IT) in biomedicine
  • Integrate IT, informatics and knowledge management resources to support the biomedical mission
  • Plan and implement IRT collaboratively
  • Have IRT driven by a coherent strategic plan
  • Support the Stanford Biomedical Community’s clinical, research and educational missions
information resources and technology irt
InformationResourcesandTechnology (IRT)
  • Senior Associate Dean position created March 2002
  • Our mandate is to develop, collaboratively, an effective IT strategy for the Stanford Biomedical Community
    • Provide state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and services
    • Support access to and management of knowledge resources
    • Couple applied informatics with our needs
  • Integration of MedIT, SUMMIT and Lane Library
  • IRT strategic planning completed September 2002
irt strategic planning group
IRT Strategic Planning Group

Carole Buffum - Executive Director, Finance and Administration

Parvati Dev - Associate Dean for Learning Technologies, IRT

Jin Hahn - Associate Professor Of Neurology and Pediatrics

Rob Krochak - DFA, Department of Pathology

Michael Levitt - Professor Of Structural Biology and Computer Science

Henry Lowe - Senior Associate Dean IRT

Shannon Moffett - Medical Student

Don Regula - Associate Professor of Pathology

Valerie Su - Acting Director, Lane Library

Gerry Weitz - Director of Operations, IRT

David O’Brien - Director, Office of Institutional Planning

irt organization
Senior Associate Dean

Information Resources and Technology

Henry Lowe

Director of

IT operations

Gerry Weitz

Associate Dean

Learning Technologies

Parvati Dev


Lane Library

Valerie Su (Acting)


IT Development

Henry Lowe (Acting)


Privacy & Data Security

Todd Ferris


Finance & Admin

To Be recruited

IRT Organization
collaborative irt planning is critical
Collaborative IRT Planningis Critical
  • The future of biomedicine is interdisciplinary
  • There is a Stanford Biomedical Community
    • The Hospitals, School of Medicine, Clark Center, Bioengineering
  • If translational research is to be successful, information must flow effectively within this community
  • Biomedical IRT planning and implementation must be a collaborative community process







Biomedicine Community

Applications and Services

Support, Training, Advocacy & Planning

Information Acquisition, Hosting, Management & Access

Knowledge Access and Delivery









Data Center


Knowledge Resources


Our Development Model

major strategic themes
Major Strategic Themes
  • Ubiquitous access to information
  • Data privacy and security
  • The Library as a Knowledge Management Center
  • The Internet as a communications medium
  • IRT as an innovative force in education
  • Translational Informatics
  • Enabling the translational research mission
ubiquitous access to information
Ubiquitous Access to Information
  • The future of computing rests on a wireless “always on” network connection.
  • Wireless networking is progressing rapidly
  • Mobile computing devices are becoming smaller, cheaper, more powerful and better integrated
  • Biomedical workers are often nomadic
  • Major transforming potential in the clinical, research and educational environments
what irt is doing
What IRT is Doing
  • Implementing an enterprise-wide wireless network
  • Convened a joint School-University-Hospital secure wireless planning committee.
  • Appointed an Associate Director of Wireless Applications Development
  • Mandated secure wireless network standards
  • Positioning all key information resources to be wireless-accessible
information privacy and security
Information Privacy and Security
  • New Federal and State regulations mandate significant changes in how we handle information
  • Our ability and willingness to protect privacy and secure information will become critical
  • Our clinical and translational research missions are at particular risk
  • An issue in negotiating access to clinical data
what irt is doing1
What IRT is Doing
  • Created a process within the School to manage HIPAA implementation
  • Convened a joint School-University-Hospital committee to define data security standards for the Biomedical Community
  • A secure data center for the School will open in April 2003
  • Appointed a Director for Data Privacy and Security
knowledge management
Knowledge Management
  • Biomedicine is knowledge-based
  • Ubiquitous electronic access to knowledge
  • The Library as our Center for Knowledge Management - a “library without walls”
  • A new Library Director who is also Associate Dean for Knowledge Management
  • Knowledge-based clinical decision support as part of EMR deployment
  • Addition of new knowledge resources (e.g. Genomic Resources)
internet strategy
Internet Strategy
  • The Web is our major point of contact with the World
  • Internet strategy should support our strategic plan
  • IRT Web design task force report
  • The School needs a new Web site with:
    • Better navigational model
    • More consistent “branding” across the School
    • Tighter coordination with Hospital Web sites
    • Separation of public and private Web services
innovative use of learning technologies
Innovative Use of Learning Technologies
  • An IT-enabled educational environment
    • Easy, ubiquitous technology support
    • Investment in simulation technologies
  • Balance innovation and current successful practice
    • Continuous evaluation and improvement
    • Training educators to use IT successfully
  • Inquiry-based education
    • Life-long learning and knowledge access skills
what irt is doing2
What IRT is Doing
  • Immersive Learning Center
  • Content production
  • Ubiquitous access to knowledge sources
  • Faculty support and development
  • Pilot projects
  • Evaluation of impact
translational informatics





Informatics as an academic discipline can support translational research and be itself an important area of translational research

Translational Informatics
  • Information technology expertise alone cannot guarantee effective use of IT in biomedicine
  • Informatics complements IT expertise in creating solutions to complex “real-world” problems in Biomedicine
  • The IRT strategic plan will create new opportunities for Applied Informatics research and education
  • We need to grow our Applied Informatics community
a clinical informatics center
A Clinical Informatics Center
  • “Clinical Informatics”,in contrast to BioInformatics, is underdeveloped at Stanford
  • The greatest need for Informatics is in the clinical and translational research areas
  • A new academic Clinical Informatics Center will foster Informatics at the School level and work with
    • Departments and institutes to help develop domain-specific Informatics programs
    • The Hospitals to assist in the effective implementation of knowledge-based clinical systems
clinical systems development
Clinical Systems Development
  • The EMR is a critical component of the Biomedical IT infrastructure
  • Clinical systems development must be collaborative
    • Understanding workflow and context is critical
    • The academic user community should be a major driver
    • Tight integration with clinical research systems is essential
    • Tight coupling of knowledge resources to the point of care
  • Where clinical IT has been successful it has involved a real working partnership of Hospital IT, Clinical Informatics and the user community
informatics and translational research
Basic Research


Clinical Research

Informatics andTranslational Research

Data management

Knowledge access & management

Collaborative Systems

High performance computing

Access to clinical data

Data analysis and visualization

Integrated data repository

Tissue banking systems

Image managment

Knowledge representation

EMR development

Clinical data acquisition

Clinical trials management

Integration with clinical systems

Knowledge-based decision making

major irt goals for 2003
Major IRT Goals for 2003
  • Hospital-School IT steering committee
  • Clinical Informatics Center
  • Secure wireless network
  • Planning for Clinical and Research Data Repository
  • The Library as our Knowledge Management Center
  • Data security policies for School
  • Immersive Learning Center
  • Task force to examine user support
  • New Website for School