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Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab

Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab (CHIRDL) is an independent lab within the Center for Children’s Health Services Research of the Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine. The Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab focuses on the use of health information technology in public health and clinical practice. A team of physician scientists and software engineers develop information systems for use in routine clinical practice to capture and analyze health information to improve the health care of all children in state of Indiana.

Children’s Health Services Research and Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab have been nationally recognized for several groundbreaking programs such as the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) system, a computer based decision support system and electronic medical record for primary care pediatrics that has been shown to improve care of conditions as diverse as maternal depression, asthma, and parental smoking cessation.

CHIRDL Team

Stephen M. Downs, MD,  MS

Stephen M. Downs, MD, MS

Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics
Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Associate Dean for Research Mentoring

Additional lab team members include Steven McKee (Technical Lead, Senior Software Developer), Meena Sheley (Senior Software Developer), Htaw Htoo (Database /Software Developer), Seema Sarala, MS (Software Developer)  and Ashley Street (Web/Database Developer).