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Duke Forge

The Forge is Duke University’s new center for health data science. Based in Duke University School of Medicine and led by Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science Dr. Robert M. Califf,  the Forge has the ambitious goal of playing a significant role in providing actionable insights and working with the community within the university, the health system, and beyond to improve health outcomes. Dr. Califf is joined by a diverse team of scholars, clinicians, and experts spanning multiple disciplines who represent Duke’s campus-wide interest in actionable health data science. The Forge is a symbol of creation through transformation—a transformation that entails hard, sweaty work but results in lasting tools capable of improving life and solving big problems. 

We activate the Forge and apply its heat, contact, teamwork, and transformative potential to conscientiously free the data to enable actionable insights and measurements that will guide implementation efforts across health systems:

  • Break through barriers to data access
  • Organize and curate information to improve its usefulness
  • Apply the full spectrum of data science tools and expertise
  • Engage the breadth of our university and its health system with people and communities
  • Develop alliances and partnerships

The Forge draws on a tradition of cross-institutional collaboration at Duke, with faculty and staff who are well-versed in balancing both leading and supportive roles in research networks, clinical trials, and myriad other collaborative ventures.

A painstaking, iterative approach to evaluating and incorporating new data, interpreting it through the lens of clinical insight, and refining methods: these are the critical elements that move our teams toward their goals of improving health and healthcare—all with the mandate to reduce cost and shed inefficiencies.

Duke Forge re-imagines traditional models of education, clinical and translational research, and implementation science. Medicine, nursing, math, engineering, computer science, and the social sciences are part of an immersive knowledge matrix where students are supported and continually challenged and encouraged by faculty who have dedicated their lives to the formation and mentoring of learners.

In the first quarter of 2018, as the initial six Demonstration Projects are hammered into sustainable models or used to inform new approaches, the Forge has selected 10 new competitive proposals (out of 47 received) to participate in the first Forge Design Workshop, where people with problems to solve or ideas to propose will come together with others who volunteer expertise and data resources we can forge into learning health.