We believe every decision affecting the health of individuals and populations should be informed by the best available knowledge.

Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge is an international community from academia, the sciences, and government working together to ensure that biomedical knowledge in computable form is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.


Join us as we mobilize health knowledge on a global scale.

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The MCBK 2020 Annual Meeting Summary Webinar will be held Oct 7, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). Please follow this link to register. You can also copy and paste the url: https://umich-health.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PbpaeT_ARoSYX1owBLoF7Q into your browser

The MCBK 2020 Annual Meeting was held Tuesday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 1, 2020 as an online interactive conference. Follow this link to check out the meeting materials.

Check out the latest BMJ Health & Care Informatics journal publication on MCBK's UK perspectives. You can also copy and paste the url: https://informatics.bmj.com/content/27/2 into your browser.

What is computable biomedical knowledge?

Computable biomedical knowledge (CBK) is the result of an analytic and/or deliberative process about human health, or affecting human health, that is explicit and machine-executable, and therefore can be represented and reasoned upon using logic, formal standards, and mathematical approaches. More information can be found in the MCBK Manifesto.

It is no longer sufficient to represent health-related knowledge solely in human-readable forms, such as words and images disseminated via books and journal articles. The rapid rate of scientific discovery, the growth of health informatics, and the increasing importance of models and guidelines require health knowledge that is represented in computable forms, as machine-executable code. Computable knowledge unleashes the potential of information technology to generate and deliver relevant health advice to individuals and organizations with great speed on a worldwide scale.

What does it mean to mobilize computable biomedical knowledge?

In short, mobilizing computable biomedical knowledge (MCBK) means enabling the curation, dissemination, and application of medical knowledge at a global scale. Thus, mobilization requires interoperable global infrastructure.

The management of computable biomedical knowledge will be essential to the success of precision medicine, the achievement of high-functioning learning health systems, and more generally to the advancement of biomedical science.


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“We must develop a communications system so that the miraculous triumphs of modern science can be taken from the laboratory and transmitted to all in need.” – Senator Lister Hill, 1965