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!
- Data Resources and Services
- Research Support Systems
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.