The Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality (CHIPS/Q) was created by the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011.

CHIPS/Q is designed to develop and market salient Health Information Technology (HIT) workforce training and education programs for individuals and healthcare delivery systems. The center provides expert assistance to healthcare organizations and medical groups across the nation interested in using Health Informatics and Health IT applications to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.


CHIPS/Q Programs and Initiatives

CHIPS/Q provides educational and support/consultation services in health informatics and health IT in general, and in the areas of clinical decision support and electronic health records, in particular.

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Eta Berner, EdD, FACMI, FHIMSS

In addition to being director of the CHIPS/Q, Dr. Berner teaches in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program. Her current research activities include evaluation of health informatics and health services interventions. She is a Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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Our partners include the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Regional Health Care Network (RHCN).


Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board includes a cross section of national experts in informatics, quality improvement and patient safety: