CHIME | Center for Healthcare Improvement & Medical Effectiveness
CHIME is a collaboration hub where Veterans Affairs investigators, UCSF faculty, and postdoctoral fellows use data science, health services research, and implementation science to improve health. We leverage data from electronic medical records to transform healthcare.
Mission and Goals
- Conduct innovative research that improves patient-centered health outcomes
- Provide expertise, service, and data access to researchers who share our mission
- Provide post-doctoral training in data science, health services research, and implementation science
CHIME Fellowship Programs
The CHIME Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scholars who are interested in pursuing research to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.
Post-doctoral fellowship training is offered in the following three disciplines:
Healthcare informatics involves the implementation and evaluation of communication systems that improve healthcare. Such communication systems include electronic health records, decision-support tools, and health information exchange standards.
Health Services Research
Health services research, sometimes termed outcomes research, studies how social factors, health policy, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and quantity and quality of life. The intent of this research is to identify shortfalls in practice and to develop strategies to improve care. It seeks to study and optimize the end results of healthcare in terms of benefits to the patient and society.
Implementation Science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice. Implementation science facilitates integration of effective interventions into diverse practice settings while emphasizing direct engagement with the institutions and communities where health interventions are introduced.