The increasing complexity of today’s biomedical research requires more than traditional, single point-of-view approaches.  In particular, cancer informatics is where information science, computer science, and health care intersect.  It is about acquiring, storing, and using information about cancer in the most thorough and efficient manner.  Further, eHealth is an emerging field in the intersection of biomedical informatics, computer science, health communication, public health and health care delivery, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies, such as mobile-based apps.


The University of Florida Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) Cancer Informatics and eHealth Shared Resources program is equipped to provide expertise and collaboration for investigators across the University of Florida, with a priority on cancer-focused studies. The Shared Resources’ functions include:

  • Design, develop, and implement novel informatics methods, tools, and systems for capturing and synthesizing data to support clinical activities and clinical research;
  • Develop tools and methods to transform data collected by eHealth technologies, integrating with other relevant data sources, into actionable knowledge.
  • Develop and implement eHealth interventions and make eHealth tools freely available;
  • Support investigators to engage communities and key stakeholders in the development of eHealth tools and other patient- or clinician-facing technologies that are relevant to addressing the needs of patients, especially those in the UF Health catchment area, in collaboration with the UFHCC Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Program;
  • Facilitate integration of tools into the electronic health record (EHR) systems and liaise with the EPIC/MyChart team at UF Health;
  • Liaise with the IDR/i2b2 team at UF Health when new data elements are being considered for i2b2; and
  • Liaise with UF Health IT security to ensure that tools being developed meet the security and privacy standards necessary.

Available Resources

Members and Expertise

  • Jiang Bian, Ph.D.
    Director of Cancer Informatics and eHealth Core
    University of Florida Health Cancer Center;
    Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
    College of Medicine, University of Florida
    Office Phone: (352) 273-8878
    Expertise: data science, data integration, cancer informatics, social media, eHealth & software engineering
  • Jordan Alpert, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Advertising
    College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida
    Expertise: health communication; targeted and tailored health education programs; qualitative methods
  • Yi Guo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
    College of Medicine, University of Florida
    Expertise: health outcomes measurement, data integration, statistical modeling, eHealth intervention design
  • Yonghui Wu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
    College of Medicine, University of Florida
    Expertise: clinical natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, deep learning
  • Jinhai (Stephen) Huo, Ph.D., M.D., MsPH
    Assistant Professor, Health Services Research, Management and Policy
    College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
    Expertise: health economics, economic evaluation, cost analysis, claims data
  • Alexander Loiacono
    Application Programmer III
    Expertise: data management
  • Xing He
    PhD Student in Biomedical Informatics
    Expertise: human-computer interaction
  • TBD
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Ke Xu
    Research Assistant


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