Medical Information Systems Unit (MISU)
Welcome to the website site for the Medical Information Systems Unit (MISU) at Boston Medical Center.
The mission of the MISU is to develop and evaluate automated systems for monitoring, educating, and counseling patients and consumers regarding their health, and to facilitate the care that they receive from health providers.
History of MISU
The MISU was established in 1980 as a Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University and Boston Medical Center. The original focus of the Unit was on the development and evaluation of computer-based systems to assist in the conduct of randomized clinical trials, particularly cancer care.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, the MISU shifted its focus to the development and evaluation of computer and telecommunications based systems for monitoring, educating, and counseling patients and consumers regarding their health, and in assisting their health professionals in delivering health services.
Over the years the MISU has grown in size from one doctoral level faculty member (Dr. Friedman) to four doctoral level scientists. Altogether, there are 24 full time staff in the Unit, including six doctoral staff, seven programmer/analyst staff, nine reserach staff, and four administrative staff. In addition, there are four part time doctoral research staff and four part time research or technical staff.
In 1980, the MISU had one active NIH grant. Today the Unit has 16 active NIH and 15 active other grants. Overall, the Unit receives almost four million dollars of research support from the federal government and other sources.