UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics graduate, Mario Barbé, M.D., has completed his master’s degree in Health Informatics. Through the sponsorship of his employer, Clínica Alemana, Barbé was able to participate in a program made available through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative. The completion of the program allows him to return to his work with the necessary skills needed to advance the health informatics efforts at Clínica Alemana. Clinica Alemana is one of the premier hospitals in Chile and is committed to developing data science methodologies to transform healthcare.
‘Dr. Barbé illustrates the best of what our program offers students. He brings several years of clinical experience into the classroom which serves to ground the technical and theoretical aspects of the Health Informatics in real world applications.” said Josh Hertel, director of the Data Science Initiative. “Health Informatics and Analytics at its core is about using data to discover efficiencies and solutions to improve patient outcomes. Mario sees data through the eyes of a doctor treating patients, translating the insights derived from clinical data in solutions.”
As a part of the program, Barbé completed an internship at UNC Charlotte this summer in which he used data science to solve clinical problems. Barbé researched radiation therapy, analyzing valuable data that will provide guidance in terms of exposure amounts and potential damage to organs. "Mario is an exemplary student. During his internship, he skillfully combined his physician background with the data science methods that he learned throughout the graduate program. His systematic analysis of predictive models for radiation therapy planning will provide important insights into best strategies for further improving planning and treatment quality," said Dr. Yaorong Ge, Professor, Software and Information Systems at the College of Computing and Informatics and Director of UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics Laboratory.
“Spending this past year studying at UNC Charlotte has been an invaluable experience,” said Barbé. I’ve had the flexibility to develop my own approach which now provides me with the skill set to bring back to Clínica Alemana.”
Dr. Barbé recently returned to Chile where he will build a data driven unit inside the Health Informatics at Clínica Alemana in Santiago. The group will focus on the analysis of the electronic healthcare record data and the development models that will help the clinicians improve the quality of care provided.
About UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics Program and the Data Science Initiative (DSI)
The MS in Health Informatics is an interdisciplinary program supported by UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative (DSI). With understanding and innovation, business acumen, and technical mastery, UNC Charlotte — North Carolina’s urban research university — and DSI, are responding to a large workforce demand through collaboration with other universities and business partners in the region and across the state. DSI is an industry-university-state partnership led by the College of Computing and Informatics, the Belk College of Business, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. DSI creates education, training, and research programs in data science and analytics, integrated with business and industry expertise. DSI is at work developing a new generation of talent, enhancing the current workforce, solving real-world challenges, and facilitating lasting social change, all while making data usable and accessible.
Contributed by Kary Gregor, Associate Director Marketing,
UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative