Tachinardi has been a leader in the field of biomedical informatics for nearly 40 years. He spent 20 of those years building electronic health record systems for health care systems in his native Brazil.
“It’s clear that the College of Medicine and UC Health are entering the phase of defining new digital futures and that a new kind of thinking is needed,” Tachinardi says. “There is the complexity of making sense of all these pieces in this new era where things are virtualized, digitized and cyber-transformed. The question is: how to do it in the right way, in a sustainable way, to really improve health, research and education? »
A specific challenge that needs to be addressed is growing inequalities in technology, he says.
“The digital world is a solution for a number of things, but it is also a challenge for a number of populations at risk, for example, the elderly and the poor who do not have the resources. That’s the challenge when you think about this new world; how to connect the realities and challenges of the real world where people live. »
At the College of Medicine, Tachinardi will lead the advancement of biomedical informatics, computer and data science and biostatistics; provide organizational support for data architecture, warehousing and IT; building basic digital, data analytics and medical informatics; develop and improve the development and structure of databases and applications; and integrate analytical and technological expertise and resources across the college.
At UC Health, Tachinardi will help lead and transform the system’s commitment to driving innovation, paving the way for the health system to collect, interpret, and use data and analytics to improve the delivery of care and achieve operational excellence. He will work with the system’s chief health information officer, Frank Fernandez, MD, and Jay Brown, senior vice president and chief information officer, as well as numerous clinical and operational leaders to enhance a culture focused on data by driving a digital and biomedical informatics strategy. for the system and accelerate clinical research and virtual healthcare delivery. Additionally, it will develop innovations for chronic disease management, telehealth, remote monitoring, and other digital care pathways; build a deeper culture of data-driven decision-making and support a formal process for collecting, interpreting and sharing data; provide digital improvements for patient care, experience and safety in the areas of digital planning and communication opportunities for care teams and treatments; and advancing strategic knowledge and predictive analytics to improve health outcomes and value-based care.
“Dr. Tachinardi’s proven success as a senior IT leader, expert in creating sustainable and innovative solutions for digital health data systems, will be invaluable to UC Health and the UC College of Medicine. His extensive experience as an international biomedical informatics expert and research scientist will complement our tri-partite mission of research, teaching and clinical care,” said Stewart Wright, MD, acting chief medical officer at UC Health and professor in the Department of Medicine at College of Medicine Emergency Department “We are extremely excited to have Dr. Tachinardi join us. His vast expertise and collaborative spirit will no doubt enhance our data-driven culture.”
Tachinardi received his medical degree in 1983 from the Itajuba School of Medicine in Brazil. He also holds a master’s degree in physiology from the State University of São Paulo. Prior to joining the Regenstrief Institute, Tachinardi was Associate Dean for Biomedical Informatics and Director of Research Information at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Director of Informatics in the Division of biological sciences from the University of Chicago.
Tachinardi is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association, and has held several leadership positions for both organizations. In 2020, he was named a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Informatics.
Joining Tachinardi in Cincinnati later this year will be his wife, Eneida Mendonca, MD, PhD, who has been named a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine and director of the division of biomedical informatics and Rieveschl chair of biomedical informatics at the Cincinnati Children’s. She is currently Vice President for Research Development and Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute and Professor of Pediatrics and Biostatics at Indiana University School of Medicine.