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Cancer Center Informatics Overview


The Cancer Center Informatics team (CCI) consists of 9 full time informatics and IT professionals who manage clinical informatics for Cancer Center members. The Core focuses on clinical research informatics and provides specialized services for collection and use of clinical and biospecimens data. These include text mining of clinical records for cohort identification and clinical annotation. Technical consulting provided by the CCI includes data extraction from clinical systems and knowledge bases, integration with clinical and research data, project management, and business analysis. The facility uses a modified Agile approach for software development. The facility can provide quality assurance, user documentation, and training services as part of the software development and deployment lifecycle.
Specific services include:

- Creation of electronic data capture systems for longitudinal and disease registries
- Data integration with the Epic Electronic Health Record and other systems
- Custom software and database development
- Development of disease registries
- Development of biorepository registries
- Technical operation of data coordinating centers
- Technical project management and business analysis services
- Consulting on development and use of biomedical ontologies
The CCI collaborates closely as part of the UM Medical School Bioinformatics Core facility and Biostatistics facility and refers researchers to those facilities for issues involved in clinical trials design, data analysis, or bioinformatics applications involving molecular level data.

Our service model is similar to that established by the Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics Core. Specifically, any researcher may contact, without charge, the CCI for consultation in cancer-informatics-related activities. Requests for programming and other expenditures of significant effort are reviewed by the Cancer Center Data Governance Committee to ensure resources are allocated to projects in a fashion aligned with overall Cancer Center strategic goals.

Requests for Service

Please send requests for service to

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center at North Campus Reserach Complex
1600 Huron Parkway, Bldg 100, Rm 100 
Mailing Address: 2800 Plymouth Rd, NCRC 100-1004
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800 
Ph. (734) 764-8848 Fax. (734) 615-0517
Please acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA046592) when publishing manuscripts or abstracts that utilized the services of the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center's Shared Resource: Cancer Informatics.
Suggested language: "Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30CA046592."

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