One of the challenges for Collaborative Science occurs within the walls of academic medical centers. Competing intra-institutional interests and financial disincentives may create barriers to collaboration. This problem is especially acute for Chairs, Division Chiefs, Institute Directors, Chief Health Informatics Officers (CHIOs), Chief Research Informatics Officers (CRIOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other leaders of academic and operational informatics units. This panel addresses both the opportunities and challenges for intra-institutional collaboration in biomedical informatics within academic medical centers. Each panelist will speak to the successes and failures of collaborating within our own institutions, with the goal of collectively learning from all of these experiences. Each panelist will spend about 10 minutes describing collaborative efforts in informatics at their own institutions, highlighting one success and one failure each. This will be followed by open discussion that will help all attendees who work in academic settings find ways to improve collaboration, especially that which benefits their programs.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to identify the cultural differences between academic informatics and HIT that make collaboration challenging.

Learning Objective 2: Participants will be able to identify ways that their informatics unit can demonstrate value to the HIT group in their medical center.


Justin Starren (Presenter)
Northwestern University

William Hersh (Presenter)
Oregon Health & Science University

Christopher Longhurst (Presenter)
University of California, San Diego

Philip Payne (Presenter)
Washington University

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