Biomedical Informatics (BMI)

Fall 2018 marks the establishment of the Clinical & Health Informatics Institute (CHI or CHI2). This new initiative is embedded in ICTR where it will support the continuation of services previously offered through ICTR BMI, as well as the expansion of new services.

Further information about CHIinfrastructure will be introduced on these pages.
The BMI consultation form remains the best means of requesting service.

Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is a critical resource to optimize the conduct of high quality translational research, providing the computational and informational infrastructure that underlies all phases of investigation from planning to analysis.  Since 2011, the ICTR informatics infrastructure has significantly enhanced support for clinical and translational research, serving investigators at UW-Madison and Marshfield Clinic. The BMI Core team assists investigators during project conceptualization, grant submission, and deployment of secure data storage and processing methods.

Three service areas available to support your research are described briefly below, however we are regularly introducing new service lines.

You’re encouraged to submit an online consultation form to connect with a BMI team member for any of the topics below!






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BMI Offerings

  • Data Resources and Services

    Preparatory to Research

    The ICTR BMI team offers a number of resources and services that are essential to inform and shape successful research projects.  Two preparatory to research services lines are the self-service i2b2  or the analyst-driven Clinical Research Data Service (CRDS).

  • Research Support Systems

    The BMI team also provides support and access to systems that support clinical research such as REDCap data storage and OnCore clinical trial management system.

  • Consultations in Advanced Informatics Techniques

    Natural Language Processing (NLP)

    ICTR BMI provides expertise in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to assist researchers with searches of the electronic data warehouse for all types data associated with the EHR. NLP is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages.  NLP methods have the capacity to examine both the narrative text and related unstructured data, e.g., X-rays, etc., in the EHR. NLP allows such EHR data to be transformed into rich and meaningful discrete data elements for research within a secured environment.

    Access to research partner networks

    BMI provides access to data networks and research organizations across the country for sharing clinical research data, e.g. ACT, TriNetX, PCORNet.

    Please submit a consult request to learn more about working with BMI experts in these areas. Check “I’d just like to start by talking to someone” or “What I’m interested in isn’t on the list” and describe your research needs in the Notes fields.

Upcoming i2b2 Trainings

Tue 29

CHI2 Town Hall

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sessions take place in 3330 HSLC (750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI).

BMI Team

Umberto Tachinardi

Director, Biomedical Informatics

Laura Ladick

Assistant Program Director, Biomedical Informatics

James Wong

IT Supervisor, Biomedical Informatics

Gabe McMahan

Senior Data Query Analyst, Biomedical Informatics

Adam Nunez

Applications Systems Programmer, Biomedical Informatics