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Sarah Ramsay is the Director of Center IT Informatics at Fred Hutch. She originally joined the Center Information Technology group to lead up to the operations and management of the Hutch Integrated Data Repository and Archive (HIDRA). A relatively new initiative for Fred Hutch, HIDRA’s focus is on merging the hundreds of thousands of medical records, databases and tissue inventories maintained by Cancer Consortium partners Fred Hutch, UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance into a single system. These records contain a wealth of medical information, from patient background and diagnoses to treatment responses, and will eventually contain tumor genetic and molecular data. In addition to building and operating HIDRA, Sarah’s focus has been on building the Informatics infrastructure, developing a staffing model and the organizational structure and functional model to support HIDRA and various other clinical and research informatics systems. Sarah was promoted to her current role of Director of Informatics in Center IT, in the summer of 2014.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Smith College, Sarah Ramsay began her career in Information Technology Management focusing on Customer Service and Help Desk as a Technical Support Manager for Chemical Week Associates in New York City. From there she went on to complete her Master of Public Health in Community Health with a Global Health Interdisciplinary Concentration from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and began to merge her passion for technology with public health.
Sarah’s desire to merge her degrees in Computer Science and Public Health led her to work as an IT Project Manager at the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at Fred Hutch in Seattle, WA in 2007. There she managed two teams that oversaw the development, hosting and maintenance of both Microsoft Sharepoint and LabKey Server web portal technologies. Her original focus at VIDD/SCHARP was building systems for web based sharing of vaccine trial data for large HIV Vaccine research networks. At SCHARP she eventually moved into Program Management where she oversaw the execution of effort on 3 grants on behalf of the organization’s principal investigator, giving her firsthand knowledge of the complexities of grant funding and research operations.