The center was created to leverage the power of public and private data science for the benefit of patients, medical professionals, and researchers to improve health outcomes and save lives.
LCHI is a part of the Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The center contributes to the social good through research in data science to unleash the potential of Big Data in such areas as health, crisis response, community security & resiliency, and smart & connected communities.
Health informatics is the interdisciplinary field that studies the effective uses of clinical and public health data to improve the health of individuals, populations, and society. The center conducts research to collect, process, and analyze data with the goal of improving health as measured by such metrics as mortality rate, disease rates, and life expectancy. Our data sources include clinical data, social media, prescriptions, insurance claims, health organization reports, and patient-generated devices or wearables.