The Indiana University Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative has named Umberto Tachinardi as chief informatics officer. The initiative is led by the Indiana University School of Medicine, and is using a $120 million investment from IU to transform biomedical research and health care innovations.

Tachinardi will also serve as professor of biostatistics and assistant dean for clinical research informatics for IU School of Medicine and as director of clinical research informatics for the Indiana Clinical Translation Sciences Institute and Regenstrief Institute. 

“Dr. Tachinardi will be a tremendous asset,” said Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research at IU School of Medicine and founding director of the Indiana CTSI. “He possesses a unique combination of technical expertise, administrative experience and leadership skills that will enable us to better utilize information and technology to provide insights into the vexing problems of individual and population health.”

Tachinardi most recently served as associate dean for biomedical informatics at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

“I have an enormous passion for informatics, and I look forward to the development of robust, in-depth solutions that will help define forward-thinking approaches for data organization and administration to power innovation in biomedical research and translation to the clinical setting for the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative, the IU School of Medicine and partners,” said Tachinardi.

Tachinardi will begin his new duties on April 1.