University of Texas at Austin
UT Health Info Technology Certificate

HIHIT Research

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Research & Innovation

In addition to education, HIHT leadership, faculty, and faculty affiliates also engage in innovation and collaborative research with a variety of external partners. Research and innovation projects have included:

  • development of a simulated, teaching electronic health record for the Dell Medical School curriculum in collaboration with Dell Med faculty
  • creation of healthcare apps using the latest Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards
  • partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to analyze their healthcare data to understand the causal factors of opioid addiction in Texas

Program Director Dr. Leanne Field has a special interest in public health informatics; she carries out research with multiple federal, state and local public health partners. Examples of these collaborations include:

  • partnering with the CDC's Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program to carry out a first-in-the-nation pilot of their I-Scale initiative
  • co-hosting an International Social Media Conference with Texas Tech University School of Nursing
  • leading a FHIR-based app design challenge for UT students to improve physicians' understanding of the patients' story
  • mapping Zika Virus diagnostic workflows at the Texas Department of State Health Services.