The primary mission of the clinical informatics section is to optimize methods for the design, implementation, dissemination, evaluation and routine use of clinical data and information systems for the purpose of improving health care quality as measured by the Institute of Medicine (IOM): safety, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, patient-centeredness, and equity.  We function as liaisons between clinicians and Information Technology staff, informatics architects and educators.  Our service areas include medical student and resident education, clinical research and quality assurance. This section has a strong collaboration with the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI).