V. Cody Bumgardner, PhD
Director of Pathology Informatics

Kannabiran Nandakumar, PhD
Associate Director of Pathology Informatics

Pathology informatics is a subset of biomedical informatics focusing on information related to anatomic, clinical, cellular, and molecular pathology analysis and laboratory operations.

The preponderance of actionable patient data is generated by pathology and laboratory medicine, making it a natural home for biomedical informatics. Through the bridging of science and medicine pathology informatics attempts to understand the underpinnings of every aspect of patient care, from diagnostic testing and treatment advice to the use of cutting-edge technologies for the prevention of disease.

According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) [1]:

Biomedical informatics (BMI) is the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, driven by efforts to improve human health.

-Scope and breadth of discipline: BMI investigates and supports reasoning, modeling, simulation, experimentation, and translation across the spectrum from molecules to individuals and to populations, from biological to social systems, bridging basic and clinical research and practice and the healthcare enterprise.

-Theory and methodology: BMI develops, studies, and applies theories, methods, and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use, management, and sharing of biomedical data, information, and knowledge.

-Technological approach: BMI builds on and contributes to computer, telecommunication, and information sciences and technologies, emphasizing their application in biomedicine.

-Human and social context: BMI, recognizing that people are the ultimate users of biomedical information, draws upon the social and behavioral sciences to inform the design and evaluation of technical solutions, policies, and the evolution of economic, ethical, social, educational, and organizational systems.

[1] Kulikowski CA, Shortliffe EH, Currie LM, et al. AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2012;19(6):931-938. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001053.