How should an algorithm generate recommendations for patient care?

Dr. Jonathan Chen and his colleagues are working to answer the question, "How should an algorithm generate recommendations for patient care?" This question was tackled as the latest step in Dr. Chen’s quest to build OrderRex, a tool that will mine data from electronic health records to inform medical decisions.

Hernandez-Boussard and Colleagues Find that SSRIs Reduce the Effectiveness of Hydrocodone and Codeine

Research led by BMIR's Tina Hernandez-Boussard, colleague Ian Carroll and grad student Arjun Parthipan found that patients on SSRIs such as Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac who were prescribed prodrug opoids such as hydrocodone or codeine experienced more post-surgery pain than patients not on SSRIs. Hernandez-Boussard's team built a machine-learning algorithm that predicts how a patient will respond to different types of opoids. 

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Tierney Receives Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Preclinical Teaching

BMIR’s Michael Tierney is a recipient of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Preclinical Teaching! The MD Program Teaching Awards honor faculty, residents, students and staff who have made outstanding contributions to medical student education at Stanford and are nominated by Stanford medical students.  

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Notable Projects and Services

CEDAR is making data submission smarter and faster, so biomedical researchers and analysts create and use better metadata.


Diagnostics - Infectious Diseases

EteRNA, an online puzzle, enlists video gamers to try to design a sensor module that could make diagnosing TB as easy as taking a home pregnancy test.

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The NCBO manages a repository of all the world’s publicly available biomedical ontologies and terminologies—now more than 390 in number.

Green Button

Green button: the promise of personalizing medical practice guidelines in real time

Protégé is the most widely used ontology-development system in the world.


CoINcIDE, is a novel methodological framework for the discovery of patient subtypes across multiple datasets that requires no between dataset transformations.

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