In a learning healthcare system, data are continuously collected, shared, analyzed and used to propel the clinical care, research and educational missions of an enterprise. The optimization of patient service, by both enhancing the quality and safety of clinical care and developing new advances to further the science driving improvements in patient outcomes, lies at the core of UAB’s vision of a learning healthcare system.

Informatics provides the connective tissue for the integration of the diverse expertise within our enterprise. The term informatics encompasses a broad spectrum of concepts from purely technological ones to new approaches to data science. At its core, informatics expands the understanding and use of our data, as well as the ability to use our data to bring innovative solutions to the strategic and operational objectives across UAB Medicine. The learning healthcare system relies heavily on the effective collection, analysis and use of data and the transformation of data to information and insight that strengthens our patient care, research and education.

The knowledge necessary to control cost, to manage the health of patient populations, to improve in-hospital care through the reduction of errors and variations in clinical practice, is a direct result of an institution’s data and analytics infrastructure.

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