The Biomedical Informatics Core is the principal provider of informatics support for clinical and translational research at UIC, sustaining the work of both large teams and individual investigators, leading the ongoing development and expansion of a Clinical Research Data Warehouse, offering consultative services on the best and appropriate use of clinical data, supporting preparations to research, study recruitment, as well as both retrospective and prospective EMR data pulls, developing tools for informatics-intensive studies, and offering educational opportunities focused on informatics application. The core provides the clinical research data resources, informatics infrastructure, and informatics services essential to the translation of research from bench to bedside to community and back again.
Through the application of existing informatics resources, the development of new resources, and the implementation of novel approaches, the Biomedical Informatics Core is implementing an innovative program that promotes the efficient, effective multi-directional flow of information among basic, human, and public health researchers while minimizing the effects of traditional barriers that form research silos. This transformative approach is providing a set of user-friendly informatics tools and services that are supporting CCTS operations, UIC and CCTS-affiliate administrators, and clinical and translational research activities.
Broadly, the Biomedical Informatics Core aims to:
- Continually develop an integrated, centralized, and multi-source Clinical Research Data Warehouse to support clinical and translational science and provide valuable data and consultation services to researchers.
- Provide flexible, user-friendly data management systems, enhance informatics tools to support research and collaboration, and provide informatics training that grows communities of diverse stakeholders.
- Enhance research data security in human-subjects research by offering secure and flexible frameworks to support clinical and translational research.