The UNC Department of Emergency Medicine is home to the Carolina Center for Health Informatics (CCHI). 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; ESOOS, North Carolina’s program to expand opioid overdose surveillance and prevention; and CSCRS, the UNC Collaborative Center for Road Safety. For a full list of CCHI systems and projects, please go to the CCHI website,

CCHI Staff:

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