about us health outcomes and biomedical informatics

At HOBI, we conduct innovative research and leverage data to promote population health, improve health care delivery and outcomes, advance health research, and address health disparities.

UF HOBI

The frontier of data-driven health research

Our diverse, multidisciplinary faculty includes health services researchers, epidemiologists, biomedical informaticians, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists and social scientists. They provide leadership and expertise in prevention science, health promotion, policy evaluation research, quality of care, health disparities, data analytics and implementation science. The department is also the home of the Institute for Child Health Policy, which conducts innovative studies and intervention trials to promote the health of children, adolescents and young adults.

HOBI home base. The UF Clinical and Translational Research Building.

The department has two major research divisions:

Health outcomes and implementation science: Health outcomes researchers use medical records, insurance databases, patient questionnaires and other data to evaluate the overall effectiveness of medical treatments or health interventions, including clinical outcomes, financial impact and patient-reported quality-of-life and satisfaction. Implementation science involves the study of methods to promote the successful integration of research findings and evidence into health care policy and practice. When developing these methods, researchers often engage patients and providers to ensure that their needs and preferences are considered. Stakeholder engagement improves compliance with treatment regimens and prevention interventions.

Biomedical informatics: Defined as “the study of information at the intersection of computer science, biology and health,” biomedical informatics is the new frontier of health research.  The biomedical informatics team at HOBI asks critical questions about the very nature of data and its integrity in an effort to leverage the ever-increasing amount of health data available today to improve health outcomes, health care delivery and health policy.

Our faculty are recognized for their leadership and service in state and national organizations such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health, and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). HOBI faculty also hold major leadership roles in the UF Health Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UF’s Institute for Child Health Policy, the UF Health Cancer Center, and the statewide OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium.

Our annual extramural funding portfolio includes current funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration—Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the State of Florida, State of Texas, and the National Cancer Institute.

HOBI AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

HOBI is dedicated to improving health outcomes for all and reducing health inequities through education, research and service.

We strive to be a community of students, staff and faculty that celebrates inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) and are committed to fostering a people-centered, creative environment and health and wellness for all. The department is taking several steps to achieve this vision. We created the IDEA in HOBI Journal Club, where we share experiences, discuss current issues and read publications by nationally-recognized experts, such as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The working groups of our department-wide IDEA committee are actively engaging in sharing experiences, learning, and taking action to improve IDEA. Together, we work every day to cultivate a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment, through which we will maximize our positive impact on health and health equity.

For more information on University of Florida’s effort to advance IDEA, see the College of Medicine’s Statement on Diversity and the university-wide Antiracism Initiative.