The National Institutes of Health is seeking a chief data science strategist to manage vast data and digital efforts for the agency, Federal News Network reported Friday. Andrea Norris, chief information officer at NIH, announced the effort at the recent AFCEA Bethesda Health IT day in Bethesda, Md.
“It’s an incredibly important position that will have significant impact of the direction of biomedical research over the next decade,” she said. The new data strategist will report directly to the director of NIH and lead the implementation of the agency’s data science strategic plan. “They will work very closely to help us build this sustainable platform for these incredibly large data sets that we are now generating through electronic health record data, imaging data and genome data,” Norris said.
The CIO noted that NIH hopes to hire an official immediately to begin efforts to manage its rapidly growing data. Norris also announced NIH is increasing transparency in its data as well as research projects.