Biomedical Informatics

YCCI biomedical informatics activities are coordinated by the Yale Center for Medical Informatics (YCM), which offers a full range of consultation and support services to provide clinical researchers and their staff with the tools necessary to enter, maintain, and retrieve clinical research data.

Clinical Studies

YCMI services span the life cycle of the protocol from initial protocol review to final data analysis:

  • Pre CRF design: Assistance with electronic implementation of the protocol. Assessment of what would be involved in electronically setting up the different aspects of data capture, for example, study calendar, study sites, users etc.
  • CRF design: In conjunction with the PI, YCAS and the study coordinator, YCMI assists in defining the data elements involved in the protocol including data validation and integrity. This also involves grouping them into CRFs convenient for data capture.
  • Data Monitoring: In collaboration with the PI and the study coordinator, YCMI generates reports that can be run on a regular basis to facilitate data monitoring.
  • Data Retrieval: Assistance to study personnel in retrieval of data as and when required and also generation of reports for IRB submission.

Informatics Infrastructure

YCCI is providing input to the School of Medicine and Yale New-Haven Hospital on building and integrating a strong informatics infrastructure for patient care and clinical research. Its components include:

  • EPIC, an Electronic Medical Record system
  • Clinical Data Repository
  • OnCore, a Clinical Trials Management System
  • Informatics support for genomics and proteomics
  • Yale Biomedical Supercomputer
Data for researchers

The use of the Epic system by Yale Physicians and the Yale New Haven Health System has contributed to development of a large electronic medical record warehouse.  The electronic medical record is a powerful tool for delivering patient care and advancing medicine. One key benefit to researchers is the availability of rich historical medical data.  The warehouse contains over 4 million patient records that can be applied to research.

The Joint Data Analytics Team (JDAT) was created to provide customized reporting and data analysis from the Epic data system.  Within JDAT there is a specialized group dedicated to supporting the needs of researchers and research projects.

Our Epic trained analysts are skilled in navigating the complexity of the growing data warehouse.   We will work one on one to understand your data needs and determine the best process to retrieve information from Epic.  Let us manage the challenge of finding and retrieving data for you. For more information please click here.

Researchers who would like informatics support should contact:

How to Submit a Request to JDAT:

Detailed instructions on submitting your Epic data requests to the JDAT team are located here and the request form is available here (log in with yale\ and then add netid and your password).