Facilities and Resources

Equipment and Instrumentation

  • Computers
    • All computers in the Section are connected to a 1 Gigabit per second local area network that provides more than 3.2 TB of network file storage. Networked file servers provide constant hardware backups of stored data through mirrored storage systems and daily tape backups are also performed. Weekly tape backups are stored off site for additional protection of research data. The network is managed by KUMC's Information Resources who provides installation, training, and maintenance on all information systems. The local area network is connected to a switched, 1 Gigabit Ethernet backbone that provides high speed Internet access through the KUMC Internet-2 communication network. Currently KUMC's Internet2 access is via the Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN). KanREN supports Internet2 connectivity for all of its members via a 10Gbps link to the Great Plains Network (GPN) and KUMC is connected to KanREN via a 1 Gigabit per second connection. This high-speed network provides each workstation with access to the World Wide Web, electronic mail, electronic file transfer, and shared CD-ROM-based databases.
  • Hardware
    • HERON: Medical Informatics has several servers that support the development, test and production instances of our Healthcare Enterprise Repository for Ontological Narration (HERON).
    • An analysis server hosting R Studio has four 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 2.67 GHz CPUs, 70GB of memory, 1.2TB of local hard disk storage and a Dual port Qlogic 8GB Fiber-channel HBA controller.

Production Environment

  • Identified and de-identified HERON data is stored on a HP ProLiant DL560 Gen 8 server managed by Information Resources. The identified data server has four 6-core Intel Xeon E5-4617 2.90 GHz CPUs, 768 GB of memory, a 6.7 TB Fusion IO card, 839 GB of local hard disk storage, 1.8 TB of networked storage and a Dual port Qlogic 8GB Fiber-channel HBA controller. The de-identified data server has four 6-core Intel Xeon E5-4617 2.90 GHz CPUs, 512 GB of memory, a 4.5 TB Fusion IO card, 839 GB of local hard disk storage, and a Dual port Qlogic 8GB Fiber-channel HBA controller. HERON Application servers are virtualized SUSE Linux servers managed by Information Resources.
  • Our development and production instances of REDCap at KUMC are hosted on virtualized SUSE Linux servers managed by Information Resources. These virtualized servers' storage, processors and RAM can be dynamically assigned by Information Resources in response to utilization. Additional storage can be allocated from the campus XioTek Storage Area Network.
  • QlikView infrastructure at University of Kansas Medical Center has several servers supporting the development and production environments. Underlying both QlikView production and development environments are virtualized Linux-based database servers and Windows-based application servers. The production application server that supports the enterprise-wide ETL has a 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 2.9GHz CPUs, 160GB of memory and over 300GB of local and network storage.
  • Biomedical Informatics has also worked with KUMC Institutional Finance and Information Resources to establish a contract to utilize Amazon Web Services for informatics development and applications: this allows methods to be developed by KUMC and have more immediate applicability to other institutions. Informatics and KUMC General Counsel worked with AWS to finalize a Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) Business Associates Agreement so that this environment can be used with protected health information. This capability also enhances KUMC's ability to provide a real world environment that can utilize analysis methods and tools developed for a cloud computing environment. 

Physical Space

  • The Division of Medical Informatics and the Office of Enterprise Analytics occupy a total of 4,228 square feet on the third floor of the Student Center.
    • Medical Informatics occupies 2,276 square feet
    • Enterprise Analytics occupies 1,055 square feet
    • Both departments share 897 square feet
Last modified: Sep 08, 2016
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