SILS Partners with Duke for ONC Health Informatics Grant

May 4, 2010

photo of Javed MostafaThe School of Information and Library Science (SILS), in partnership with Duke University and other partners at UNC at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a grant by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

The grant for $865,000 will be used to recruit and fund students for the emerging health informatics program at SILS. As Health Informatics UNC Fellows, these students will serve either one or two year appointments. Another part of the fund will be used to recruit adjunct teachers for the coordination and implementation of the emerging health informatics program. Dr. Javed Mostafa, Frances Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor at SILS, is the principal investigator for the UNC portion of the award.

The grant is part of a consortium with Duke University, which received nearly $1.3 million. The Duke PI for the project is William Ed Hammond, director of Duke Health Informatics Center. Co-PI partners from UNC include the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health.

"I am deeply grateful to my colleagues in UNC, particularly in SILS, for supporting the health informatics initiative here," said Mostafa. "A special note of thanks must also go to Carol Tresolini, associate provost for Academic Initiatives, and Ron Strauss, executive associate provost, at UNC for their encouragement and assistance."