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Center for Biomedical Informatics


The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBI) supports and provides leadership for the Institute for all aspects of biocomputing through three branches that have overlapping missions and work in close cooperation.

  • Planning, Architecture, Communication, and Evaluation (PACE) Branch
  • Information Technology Resources (ITR) Branch
  • Applications Development and Support Branch

CBI's objective is to build, over time, an integrated information and knowledge environment supporting the full span of the Institute's mission. This includes programs of extramural and intramural research that are basic, clinical, or translational. It also includes the planning and administration of these programs, as well as education, dissemination, and outreach. An integrated environment will provide individuals with all the information and knowledge resources required to complete complex tasks, even though these resources may physically reside in different computer systems.

On a day-to-day basis, CBI supports the Institute's information technology (IT), encompassing strategic planning, project management, and developing enterprise systems. As part of the IT responsibilities, it oversees the continuous operations of the IT infrastructure, including new network development, user and network support, and information security. It also maintains IT systems and databases for tracking and reporting of extramural and intramural programs, and when necessary develops and implements new ones. CBI recommends and implements IT policies and procedures; studies, evaluates and tests new technologies (hardware, software, and information systems); designs methods to communicate with all NHLBl stakeholders, both internal and external; and develops new methods for managing knowledge in addition to developing an information architecture for the Institute.

Planning, Architecture, Communication, and Evaluation (PACE) Branch

The PACE Branch will design the new integrated information environment (and a new information architecture) and plan all future IT activities, guided by information from a network of constituency groups with members both inside and outside the Institute. As part of this process, PACE will work with the Applications Development and Support Branch to evaluate and conduct usability studies for existing as well as new IT resources and applications. In addition, this branch will develop methods and procedures to manage all information, from administrative procedures and policies to health information and scientific knowledge, to allow fast, easy access to all our constituency groups both inside and outside the Institute, including (but not limited to) research scientists, administrators, healthcare providers, patients, educators, and the media. It will guide a complete redesign of the Institute's resources on the World Wide Web and will establish standards for representing information and knowledge.

Information Technology Resources (ITR) Branch

The ITR Branch provides access to the Institute's information environment through network and desktop maintenance and support, as well as security services. To this end, the ITR Branch ensures that NHLBl personnel have continuous access to appropriate network resources for computing and communication; installs and maintains users' desktops, peripherals, and other computing hardware; supports users in making best of use of a defined basic suite of productivity tools; and ensures that all computers and user practices are compliant with NIH (and NHLBI, where appropriate) standards for information security.

Applications Development and Support Branch

The Applications Development and Support Branch develops new software applications addressing high priority needs (as delineated by PACE); provides application support using contemporary, industry-standard software engineering methods, and documents all application code to industry standards. In addition, it maintains and improves applications based on formal evaluations and user experience, and in response to evolving IT methods; builds interfaces to coordinate with IT resources outside of NHLBI; and educates and assists users so they can fully take advantage of these applications.

For further information contact:

Center for Biomedical Informatics
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
ATTN: Web Site Inquiries
One Rockledge Center, Suite 6086
6705 Rockledge Dr. MSC 7994
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7994

Additional phone numbers are available in the Abbreviated Staff Directory

May 2007

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