You Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University
You Chen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. He is the director of the Optimization of Health ProcEsses and Networks Laboratory (OHPENLab), which was established to address the growing need for care coordination research and development for the health information technology sector. He is also the co-director of the Health Information Privacy Laboratory (HIPLab). Dr. Chen’s research is funded through various grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Science Foundation (NSF) to construct methodologies and technologies that optimize healthcare process via a learning of healthcare systems. Dr. Chen’s research foci include data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics and knowledge discovery from medical data, disease diagnostic predictive models, disease profiling and personalized medicine, healthcare workflow mining, healthcare organizaiton modeling, social media and web data analytics for public health, hospital readmission and patient length of stay analytics, natural language processing and text mining, recommender systems, clinical phenotyping, and innovative visualization techniques for query and analysis of medical data. Dr. Chen hold a doctoral degree in computer science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. After his graduation, he has been continuously involving in the field of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt. His ultimate goal in the field is to leverage medical data (e.g., electronic medical records, genetic data, and public findings), health information technology (e.g., mobile health, wearable devices, Restful API, OAuth) and computational modeling (e.g., graph algorithms, clustering algorithms, temporal modeling) to build patient centered care to improve their care quality and reduce their healthcare cost.