Elizabeth S. Chen Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Associate Professor of Medical Science, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Dr. Elizabeth S. Chen is the Founding Associate Director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI), Associate Professor of Medical Science, and Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University. She received a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. Prior to joining Brown University in July 2015, she held appointments at Columbia University, Partners HealthCare/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and the University of Vermont. Within BCBI, Dr. Chen leads the Clinical Informatics Research & Discovery (CIRD) Laboratory that aims to provide expertise in leveraging Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and data to improve healthcare delivery and biomedical discovery. The three-fold mission of CIRD is to: (1) innovate use of the EHR for primary (e.g., patient care) and secondary (e.g., research, quality, and public health) purposes, (2) implement solutions within operational clinical and research systems, and (3) inspire the next generation of clinical informaticians and clinical research informaticians. Dr. Chen’s research interests include clinical documentation, clinical decision support, health information needs, standards and interoperability, natural language processing, and data mining. As part of NIH/NLM-funded research, her current work is focused on using EHR data and computational techniques to study the interactions among social, behavioral, and familial factors for conditions such as pediatric asthma and adult epilepsy.

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