The Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG designs, develops, and operates information systems to support research to improving individual and population health.  CIRG systems securely manage health information for projects in the Clinical, Public Health, and Global Health Informatics domains. Our collaborators are based at the University of Washington, and at health care organizations across the US and around the world.  Our team is lead by Dr. Bill Lober, whose background is in emergency medicine and computer engineering, and our staff consists of graduate students, software developers, system programmers, and experts in interaction design/usability and system operations.

Note the Open Source theme to our work...  Its been a common pattern for us to either build O/S infrastructure initially for use in our projects, or to take the first major re-engineering opportunity to redevelop systems based on a more general framework, which we then release as O/S.  We're not fanatics about it; but we think it makes good sense from the perspectives of both scholarly and practical dissemination of our work.

Of course, some of what we do is not open source, for a variety of reasons.  All of the open source projects, and some of the others, are listed below.

Clinical Informatics

  • Computerized Patient Reported Outcomes - Open Source system for multi-platform Patient Reported Outcomes, using a wide range of custom surveys and validated instruments, including PROMIS measures.  cPRO is used in Cancer, Pain, and HIV/AIDS PRO work
  • mPOWEr - mobile application, in collaboration with Heather Evans, for patient centered post-operative assessment of potential surgical wound infections.

Global Health Informatics (I-TECH collaborations)

  • OpenELIS Global - Open Source Lab Information System implemented in Haiti, Cote d'Ivoire, and Vietnam.  Approx 30 sites worldwide
  • iSante – Electronic Medical Record  (2005-2011)
    A web-based electronic medical record originally developed for HIV care and extended to primary care and maternal and child health, and deployed broadly in over 80 government facilities in Haiti.
    • There is additional iSante documentation here:   iSante is open source, but we've not been as good about packaging and distributing it as we have with other products.
  • Kenya Health Informatics - Wide-spread EMR implementation and extending interoperability using open source tools with other HIS components within the national eHealth Architecture.
  • KenyaEMR - Open Source, module-based implementation of OpenMRS medical record for a widespread Kenya MOH implementation.

Public Health Informatics

  • Gossamer Health - Open Source surveillance system used to implement the "cloud" version of the Distribute surveillance system.
    • PHENIX - a voluntary data sharing surveillance project based on Gossamer Health software
  • Distribute restricted site - Nationwide influenza surveillance for the International Society of Disease Surveillance, developed under auspices of CDC and Markle Foundation

Archival Footage...

  • IML – Image Markup Language (2000-2002)
    An image annotation system exploring the feasibility of using eXtended Markup Language to represent image markup and textual annotation. The 2000 publication of this work described it’s use to annotate and Atlas of anatomic images.