Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam
The department of Medical Informatics is a scientific department within the Academic Medical Center (AMC), which was founded in 1995. The department explores opportunities of informatics theory and information technology for a better understanding and improvement of health care. Through education it also prepares professionals in health informatics and promotes their intellectual growth.
Research: A number of Principal Investigators are responsible for the research activities, which are organized in the following clusters: Medical Informatics Methodology; Evaluation of Health Care; Evaluation of Information Systems; and Epidemiology. Important research themes include decision support and feedback; (prognostic and etiological) models; terminology systems; statistical evaluation of models; and impact of information systems on their environment. The starting point of the research is medicine and health care rather than technology. The department maintains close collaborations with clinical and research partners within and outside the AMC. The department was responsible for organizing numerous international workshops, conferences, symposia and tutorials in themes related to Medical Informatics.
Education: The AMC offers Bachelor (3 years) and Master (2 years) degrees in Medical Informatics. The language of teaching in the Master programme is English. The AMCs initiative ‘International Partnership in Health Informatics Education’ (IPHIE) is also responsible for the organization of international bachelor courses, master classes, tutorials, summer schools and workshops in the field of Medical Informatics.
Registries: The department is responsible for running the following registries: the national intensive care registry (NICE), the national cardiology and cardio-surgery interventions registry (BHN), and the international renal registry including data of over 3000 centers on numbers of patients and treatments concerning renal transplantation and dialysis (ERA-EDTA registry). Aside from providing service to clinical associations, the registries form a vehicle for performing medical informatics research.