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Division of Medical Informatics

Overview of the Division
Welcome to the Division of Medical Informatics (MI) at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). We are proud to provide informatics expertise and capabilities to support translational and clinical researchers from multiple disciplines and other health professionals at KUMC, affiliated organizations and external partner organizations. The biomedical informatics methods and tools we have developed allow our research collaborators and clients to store, integrate, query, analyze, and visualize complex data sets. The division works closely with the University of Kansas Health System in making clinical data available for research purposes.

Our faculty is dedicated to developing innovative informatics solutions including data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to support and accelerate translational and clinical research. The division's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and other funding agencies.

Our tools/resources include:

HERON: The Healthcare Enterprise Repository for Ontological Narration (HERON) is a method to integrate clinical and biomedical data for translational research. The MI team has distributed the open-source HERON framework to collaborators using the i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) software and has leveraged other open-source environments to increase data transparency and reusability. Learn more.

REDCap: REDCap is used by more than 700 institutions in over 60 countries and has become a dominant tool for electronic data capture for research studies at most academic medical centers in the United States. Learn more.

Telecommunications Outreach: We have been evaluating project ideas and partnerships to improve health care delivery, research, and education utilizing Google's ultra-high-speed fiber being deployed in the Kansas City area. Under a National Science Foundation - US Ignite EAGER grant, the team is leading the development of an in-home video monitoring application to support caregivers of patients with dementia. 

Clinical Research Informatics: Provides consultation and builds services within the Epic O2 electronic health record (EHR) to support research study administration, research data capture, and recruitment via real-time reports using Reporting Workbench or point-of-care alerts.  To request services from CRI, please complete this form or log a ticket with the UKHS MyIT by selecting "Report an O2 Issue."  Please indicate in your request that the request is research-related.

Medical Informatics provides consultation, training, and access to tools enabling research and data collection. To receive assistance from Medical Informatics: 

  • Introduction to REDCap and HERON: Beginner Training Clinics Tuesdays 12pm-1pm CST. Click here to sign up. This is an introduction for new users or users needing a refresher
  • For questions or help with projects: REDCap & HERON Office Hours, Monday & Wednesday 4pm-5pm CST, Friday 9am-10am CST. Click here to sign up. This is not a beginner course; 15-20 min appointment to assist with specific questions
  • For support by email: Contact MI Support at
  • For project development by MI: Contact MI Support at Funding is required

Enterprise Analytics is the source of official data about the medical center and prepares official institutional responses for external surveys. To request services from EA, please fill out this form

Last modified: Jul 23, 2021