Skip to main content

The Carolina Center for Health Informatics is a practice-based, multidisciplinary research unit within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CCHI staff are involved in a variety of informatics-related projects and oversee the continuing development and maintenance of the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) in collaboration with the NC Division of Public Health.

Areas of Expertise include:

  • Secondary data collection, processing and analysis for population level surveillance and research;
  • Syndromic surveillance;
  • Iterative and user-centered software development;
  • Epidemiologic analyses.

CCHI works with many projects and data systems, including NC DETECT, North Carolina’s statewide syndromic surveillance system; CDC and North Carolina’s programs to expand opioid overdose surveillance and prevention; the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) and Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) efforts to link motor vehicle crash and injury outcome data; and the UNC Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) systems research endeavors.

CCHI Staff:

  • Clifton Barnett, MSIS: Data Quality Manager –
  • Dennis Falls: DBA, ETL Manager, Privacy and Security Officer –
  • Amy Ising, MSIS: Associate Director, CCHI & NC DETECT Program Director –
  • Meichun Li, MSIS: Software Engineer –
  • Shaun Mason, MLS: Systems and Network Administrator –
  • Anna Waller, ScD: CCHI Executive Director –
  • Katie Harmon, PhD: Program Director, Data Linkage for Motor Vehicle Crash and Injury Outcomes
  • Kathy Peticolas, MPS: Project Manager, Data Linkage and Documentation for Motor Vehicle Crash and Injury Outcomes

For a list of CCHI collaborators and students, please go to