MEDICAL CENTER. Founded in 1970 by Dr. Howard Bleich and Dr. Warner Slack, The Division of Clinical Informatics (DCI), at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, was among the first academic divisions in the world to concentrate on the use of computers for patient care, teaching, and medical research.

The goals of DCI have been to improve the quality and reduce the cost of medical care, to enhance the quality of medical education, to enhance the relationship between doctor and patient, and to explore innovative approaches to research through computing. Our faculty has developed hospital-wide clinical computing systems at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Our faculty were the very first to engage patients in direct dialogue with computers, and have been building and evolving clinical decision support systems for four decades.

Today, DCI faculty continue to lead the evolution and study of personal health technologies, web-based clinical computing systems, national health systems, and international comparative approaches. Our faculty is driven to find solutions to real-world problems.
Current research areas of interest include: design and evaluation of clinical information systems, translational research platforms, patient portals and patient engagement, quality improvement processes and analytics, clinical decision support systems, online learning systems, mobile health applications, global e-health applications. For more information visit