The Forge is Duke University’s center for health data science. Based in the Duke University School of Medicine and led by Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science Dr. Robert M. Califf, the Forge is part of a community spanning the university, the Duke health system, and beyond that is using data science to develop actionable insights and improve health outcomes. Dr. Califf is joined by a diverse team of scholars, clinicians, and experts from multiple disciplines who represent Duke’s campus-wide interest in health data science. The Forge is a symbol of creation through transformation—a transformation that requires arduous work but results in lasting tools capable of solving big problems.
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.
At the Forge, we meld the enormous talent within and beyond Duke to create a force dedicated to thoughtfully translating the insights of information science into useful technologies and interventions that benefit both individuals and populations. We are working to build an environment where disparate structures and data streams can be welded together in ways that both motivate and inform efforts to improve health across the biomedical spectrum—from bench science to population health.