Serving the enterprise and beyond with informatics for integrating biology and the bedside (i2b2)
- Shawn N Murphy1,3,
- Griffin Weber2,6,
- Michael Mendis3,
- Vivian Gainer3,
- Henry C Chueh1,
- Susanne Churchill3,
- Isaac Kohane4,5
- 1Laboratory of Computer Science, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 3Information Systems, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
- 4Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 5Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- 6Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Correspondence to Shawn N Murphy, Information Systems, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., One Constitution Center, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA;
- Received 13 August 2009
- Accepted 23 December 2009
Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) is one of seven projects sponsored by the NIH Roadmap National Centers for Biomedical Computing (http://www.ncbcs.org). Its mission is to provide clinical investigators with the tools necessary to integrate medical record and clinical research data in the genomics age, a software suite to construct and integrate the modern clinical research chart. i2b2 software may be used by an enterprise's research community to find sets of interesting patients from electronic patient medical record data, while preserving patient privacy through a query tool interface. Project-specific mini-databases (“data marts”) can be created from these sets to make highly detailed data available on these specific patients to the investigators on the i2b2 platform, as reviewed and restricted by the Institutional Review Board. The current version of this software has been released into the public domain and is available at the URL: http://www.i2b2.org/software.
Funding This work was funded by the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Grant U54LM008748. Other funders: NIH.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.