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, electronic health records, and ICD-10 in particular. Available continuing education courses in health informatics and health IT include:

  • AMIA 10x10 Course: This course is offered through a partnership with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). This course can also be used by students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics or Master of Science in Health Informatics course. Learn more about the AMIA 10x10 course.
  • Changing Healthcare Landscape: The Future of Health and IT Courses: This series of three health IT courses were developed to provide an understanding of health information technology and how it can be used in a variety of settings. These courses are offered online and CEUs are available. Learn more about the health IT courses
  • Clinical Informatics Courses: This set of five online courses cover key aspects of clinical informatics that are important to support new and emerging areas in healthcare. CME credits are available. Learn more about the clinical informatics courses.


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.

Click here to read her full bio and see her presentations, publications and research interests.

For more information contact her at 205-975-8219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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: