Mission: The Division of Educational Informatics (DEI) is an educational technology laboratory within Medical Center IT and the Dean’s Office of the NYU School of Medicine. DEI supports the goals of the School through the discovery, development and validation of new information technologies for medical education and through academic collaborations focusing on novel research and curricular transformation.
History: Division of Educational Informatics, first established in 1987 as the Hippocrates Project, is the educational technology and computer assisted learning development program of NYU Langone Medical Center. It is a multidisciplinary, faculty-student effort to identify, study, and invent the variety of ways by which computer and communication technologies can enhance the learning process. The ultimate goal of the Division is the transformation of the institution into a Knowledge Syncytium - a learning and problem-solving environment which supports access to information unfettered by time and space, which promotes the instantaneous communication of knowledge, and enhances both individual creativity and collaborative action.
DEI has moved toward its long term objectives by implementing a software, hardware and network education infrastructure and by initiating programs to attain specific goals. More than 150 medical education modules have been produced. Most have become an integral part of the curriculum as either required exercises or as primary resource materials; our materials are in use at over 20 other medical schools in the United States and Australia. The range of modules includes expository presentations, laboratory simulations, self-assessment and testing programs, three-dimensional anatomic reconstructions, animations, virtual reality environments, case studies, and databases for the medical humanities, infectious disease, patient care, and the Curriculum.