The Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP) is a multidisciplinary applied research and education program at Boston Children's Hospital. CHIP investigators work at the intersection of information science, healthcare and biomedical discovery, advancing the state-of-the-art in functional genomics, personalized medicine, biomedical research collaboration and public health.
Since 1995, CHIP researchers have worked to set the highest standards for patient autonomy and privacy. Our "Instrumenting the Healthcare Enterprise" initiatives focus on accelerating collaborative research across institutions, and on providing tools and services directly to patients, allowing them to be become more active, engaged participants in both their own healthcare and the broader research community.
A new $7 million award to the Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will create a far-reaching data platform that will link patients and doctors across 10 health systems around the U.S., fostering critical medical research.
Called the Scalable Collaborative Insfrastructure for a Learning Health System (SCILHS—pronounced “skills”), the network will leverage $48 billion of federal investment in health information technology to enable a common data platform that will cover more than 8 million patients, enabling them to plug universally into a single point of care. This will enable clinicians and patients to participate in research during the patient encounter, researchers said.