The World Health Organization designated the Regenstrief Institutes medical informatics group as the worlds first WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Informatics. The center tapped Paul Biondich, M.D., to be director. The institute joins more than 900 other organizations that have been named collaborating centers in a range of medical topics such as nursing, health technologies, chronic disease and nutrition. The Regenstrief Institutes program is the first medical informatics center to be designated, according to the institute. The center will focus on open-source electronic health-record systems, standardized health terminology, information exchange and decision-support systems during its four-year designation. Being a WHO collaborating center allows the institute to draw on a large international network of experts, the institute says. Biondich, whose age was unavailable at deadline, is a medical informatics researcher at the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics. Biondich co-founded the Open Medical Record System, a free system that has been implemented in more than 15 countries to connect providers and patients.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
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