The mission of the Charles Drew University Center for Biomedical Informatics is to conduct original research on the optimal use of health information technology in urban, medically underserved settings and to develop novel computational and sociotechnical solutions for research problems in molecular biology, medicine, and public health that enable biomedical investigators at Charles Drew University to collaborate, compete, and contribute to the national translational research and biomedical informatics agenda. The service aim of the Center involves providing investigators at the university with state-of-the-art informatics methods and solutions for their research projects.
The Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with backgrounds and interest in clinical medicine, biomedical informatics, medical geography and geographical information systems, computer science, sociotechnical theories and qualitative methods.
"To meet the challenge of improving health care quality in safety net clinics whose patients have a predominance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, we have developed a new, information system called CEDRIC. CEDRIC is a database-backed, Web-based system for managing chronic diseases in primary care safety net settings. It is implemented in C# and Java and utilizes the MySQL database management system, a robust, open-source database platform that is appropriate for community health centers that may not be able to keep up with the licensing costs of using proprietary database-management systems. The CEDRIC development project takes into account sociotechnical barriers to successful clinical information system implementation and forges academic-community partnerships with safety net clinics that often have a high physician turnover and a large uninsured/underinsured and homeless patient population. CEDRIC is designed to support workflow practices in community health centers, provide alerts and recommendations to physicians based on applicable clinical practice guidelines, and supply point-of-care summary reports regarding clinic encounters. In addition to producing patient-level summary reports that inform care continuity during clinic encounters, CEDRIC also includes functionality that enables disease-specific population-based summaries of outcomes, provider practices, and required patient outreach activities. The first incarnation of the system focuses on diabetes management and has been developed in a partnership between the Center for Biomedical Informatics and clinicians in the Family Medicine Clinic at the Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center in South Los Angeles."