CTSI-BMI at the University of Minnesota


Leveraging electronic health records (EHR) for your research

This career development seminar focuses on how EHR data can be used for grant applications, studies, recruitment efforts, and more. Learn about the EHR data available to researchers via the U of M’s clinical data repository from speakers Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, and Connie W. Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI.

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What is Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI)?

An emerging, interdisciplinary, integrative and diverse field that:

  • Combines health sciences (e.g., medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health) with computer science, management, cognitive and decision sciences, social science, biostatistics, engineering and information technology
  • Solves problems in health care delivery, pharmaceutical, biomedical and health sciences research, health education and clinical/medical decision making
  • Has developed its own areas of emphasis and approaches that sets it apart from other professions and disciplines

What is informatics?

Biomedical Informatics (BMI) is the interdisciplinary, scientific field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.interdisciplinary, scientific field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.

AMIA, 2012

Biomedical Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota

Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI) is an overarching infrastructure supporting the breadth of biomedical informatics (BMI) initiatives and that will coordinate availability of these services, synchronize knowledge across groups, and provide education to grow BMI capabilities (2010, CTSA). 

The Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) presents a vision to improve the health of Minnesotans. For more information, visit the CTSI website. The Biomedical Informatics (BMI) section of the CTSA grant fully describes how to support a coordinated, collaborative environment in basic and clinical translational research that fosters optimal discovery, sharing, and use of new knowledge. It may be useful to think of CTSI-BMI as the tools and applications needed to support researchers for the continuum of translational research. At the University of Minnesota, efforts to achieve the vision of the CTSA-BMI are encompassed in the responsibilities of the Office Biomedical Health Informatics (BMHI).

This Office is responsible for supporting the breadth of biomedical informatics initiatives across the University of Minnesota, both within and beyond the colleges of the Academic Health Center (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, School of Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine). In addition, BMHI has a close and collaborative relationship with The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Informatics (UMII). BMHI directs the activities of three major entities:

  1. Institute for Health Informatics (IHI), the academic home of the University's biomedical health informatics, offering a comprehensive research and graduate program, including one master's degree (Master of Health Informatics) and one PhD degree program (Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics). The University of Minnesota has offered informatics graduate degrees for forty years, one of the longest-running universities to offer study, degrees, and research in this science.
  2. Academic Health Center's Information Exchange (AHC IE), a broad interdisciplinary effort that provides the structure and governance needed to support the CTSA-BMI vision.

    Work Groups:
    • Informatics
    • Researchers and users
    • Data governance and security
    • Architecture and solutions

  3. CTSI-BMI - The CTSI, formed in 2009, is responsible for leading the efforts to centralize infrastructure to support one clinical enterprise and improved use of research-related resources. This is in response to changes with funding and the overall the direction of the National Institute of Health. The Biomedical Informatics aspect of the CTSI, is apart of the role served by the BMHI, in support of both the CTSA grant and the goals of UMN's CTSI. CTSI-BMI provides the informatics expertise, tools, and resources necessary to conduct clinical translational science research at UMN. Please learn more by visiting the CTSI website.