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Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

The CTSI Biomedical Informatics Service represents the centralized IT systems, data management and analysis resources for CTSI staff and investigators. This is accomplished through the provisioning of equipment, software, and assistance with establishing and maintaining databases.

Primary Functions

The primary functions of the CTSI Biomedical Informatics service are as follows:

  • Support the collection and management of data from CTSI supported protocols;
  • Provide computer services for the other CTSI components;
  • Provide training on data management for investigators and trainees.

This is accomplished by balancing ease of use while also providing security of all electronic patient data. Requests for Biomedical Informatics support are reviewed by the CTSI Research Review Committee at the time of protocol submission. Once a protocol has been approved by the Research Review Committee and the IRB we meet with the investigator to determine data collection and management tools best suited for the project.

Determination of Tools

The following factors are used to determine these tools:

  • How data is to be collected (i.e. whether from a hospital clinic or a remote site)
  • Whether data is being collected from devices or available equipment
  • Amount of data collected (used for capacity planning)
  • Who is entering data (staff or patient)
  • How the data will be stored and analyzed (who needs access)

Services & Tools

Collaboration Tools

Collaboration Tools

The CTSI Wiki provides seamless communication between our institutional partners and scientific researchers. This site is accessible to registered members only, so join CTSI and gain access.

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Cohort Discovery Tools

Cohort Discovery Tools

i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) is an NIH-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing based at Partners HealthCare System. The i2b2 Center is developing a scalable informatics framework that will enable clinical researchers to use existing clinical data for discovery research and, when combined with IRB-approved genomic data, facilitate the design of targeted therapies for individual patients with diseases having genetic origins. This platform currently enjoys wide international adoption by the CTSA network, academic health centers, and industry.  i2b2 is funded as a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health.

Secure Data Capture & Storage

Secure Data Capture & Storage

SECURE DATA CAPTURE

Biomedical Informatics assists in the configuration of systems for data acquisition for numerous CTSI protocols. This involves working with the principal investigator, study staff and when necessary the instrument manufacturer, to connect to CTSI computers and securely transfer data for backup and storage.

SECURE DATA STORAGE

Biomedical Informatics works with the investigator to determine the best data entry/storage application to use for the given study.

REDCap

We provide management and support for REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), developed through a collaboration project with Vanderbilt University and 20 other GCRC/CTSA sites.

Other Services

Other Services

  • Custom software using best of breed development tools and technologies, including Oracle, MySQL, Postgre, Java, PHP, Javascript, and Python
  • Application hosting in our data center
  • Analysis of genetic data sets using popular analysis tools
  • Consulting services to assist customers with making key decisions with their informatics strategy and implementation
  • Generation of test and sample data
  • Assistance with grant writing (informatics components)

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.

PARTNERS

VersitiChildren's Hospital of WisconsinVA Medical CenterMarquette UniversityMSOEUWM