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Regenstrief Institute receives World Health Organization designation
Date:2/20/2009

INDIANAPOLIS The World Health Organization has designated the Regenstrief Institute's medical informatics group as the world's first WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Informatics.

The four-year designation, given for the "design, application, and research of medical information systems," is recognition of the international leadership and depth of expertise of the Institute's medical informatics group in the innovative use of information technology within medicine. This formal designation enables the WHO to more directly draw upon these capabilities by making the Institute part of a larger international collaboration of experts.

"Around the world, whether in resource-scarce or other environments, information systems are being recognized as a basic building block for effective health care," said Thomas S. Inui, ScM, MD. "We are eager to join with the global community in the effort to develop appropriate technology in this critical sector."

Regenstrief Institute research scientist Paul Biondich, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has been named director of the center.

Critical to the WHO collaboration is the Institute's groundbreaking work on open source community development within resource-constrained environments. Dr. Biondich and Regenstrief Institute research scientist Burke Mamlin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, co-founded OpenMRS, the Open Medical Record System, which has grown into an international community focused upon bringing efficient information management to health-care providers in resource-constrained environments. The primary product of this work is a freely available open-source electronic medical record system which enables physicians and other health-care providers in countries with limited resources to provide better informed medical treatment and patient follow-up.

OpenMRS has been implemented in over 15 co
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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
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