For Matthew Rioth, MD, Director of Clinical Cancer Informatics at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, cancer research is all about the numbers.
“There is a wealth of information to be found in biomedical informatics,” says Rioth. “This data can help better our understanding of how cancer works and how to provide better care for patients.”
If you are not familiar with biomedical informatics, it is the study of the data generated in the process of delivering and studying medical care. It encompasses things like electronic health records, clinical trial management, and the application of genetics. Essentially, the field works to make sense of the numbers that come from research.