Informatics Research & Development, a group of highly trained software engineers, IT professionals, and biomedical informatics technicians, is a part of the Department of Biomedical Informatics in conjunction with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center IT and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. 

IR&D offers the following services:
  • IHIS for Research
  • Data Core
  • Research Informatics Software Engineering

IHIS For Research

The IHIS for Research team is able to help researchers with all of the following:

  • Modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to support and maintain Ohio State’s research mission
  • Novel web applications that are directly embedded inside the EHR platform
  • Collaboration on prospective studies and grants to identify potential methods to leverage the system to collect data
  • Patient-to-subject recruitment services through the EHR
  • Custom workflows, ensuring research compliance, data capture and efficiency.
  • Patient/subject engagement in the research mission of OSUWMC
  • Genomics research in relation to patient care

*Research is defined as a project that requires review by the Institutional Review Board. Quality research for your own patient population with no intention of publishing is considered clinical in nature and handled by the IHIS clinical team.

Data Core

In collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the Data Core provides investigators, trainees, and research staff at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital with access to state-of-the-art biomedical informatics expertise, technologies and data management platforms. Our team leverages the skills and tools that exist within Ohio State’s Department of BMI and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Information Technology Department in order to provide an informatics-based catalyst in support of novel, multidisciplinary clinical and translational science endeavors.

Research Informatics Software Engineering (RISE)

The Informatics Research & Development team provides high-quality production grade software engineering and support within the informatics domain. Our focus is to provide customized solutions that leverage our expertise in technology to clients within the healthcare and allied research domains when their business and research strategies cannot solely be satisfied by off-the-shelf packaged software.

We work closely with our clients to understand their business objectives, accurately define requirements, provide subject matter expertise within the domains of healthcare and research as well as to design, develop, test and integrate the customized software utilizing an agile methodology. Our extensive experience includes a variety of deployment architectures that include enterprise, web, mobile and cloud-based models. We offer a broad spectrum of software applications built with consideration of security, robustness, sustainability, and scalability. Our team works closely with cross-functional teams in OSUWMC IT like server, network engineering, security, information warehouse, IHIS to offer a comprehensive suite of software development services.

Our proprietary software products include Electronic Data Capture (EDC) tools, custom web applications, clinical registries, mobile apps, as well as search and discovery applications shared across multiple geographically dispersed consortium sites which were customized for each client.

The following is a list of core technology competencies we provide:

  • Software Development (architecture, implementation/design, development)
  • Business Analysis
  • Agile Development and management
  • User Interface (HCI)
  • Data Mining
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • NLP
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Machine Learning
    • Cognitive Science
    • Semantics/Reasoning
  • Large Scale Computing (Hadoop etc.)
  • Data Visualization

To request software engineering services, please use the contact Puneet Mathur

Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

The institute was formed with the goal of improving quality and relevance of evidence available to help inform healthcare decisions.  Specifically, PCORI funds comparative effectiveness research (CER) with patients and other stakeholders involved throughout the process. To support this patient-focused research effort, PCORI initiated a national data infrastructure that unites patients, clinicians and other stakeholders in collaborative partnerships. The National Patient-centered Clinical Research Network, known as PCORnet, is designed to support research by harnessing the power of large volumes of health data, enabling research to be conducted faster, less expensively, and on a larger scale than has been possible previously.   

PCORnet is a tightly integrated partnership of 9 large Clinical Research Networks (CRN), 2 Healthplan Research Networks (HPRN) a Coordinating Center and The People Centered Research Foundation (PCRF) which is the Central Office for PCORnet.  The Patient Empowered Research Network, PaTH includes University of Pittsburgh, Geisinger Health System, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Temple University, the Ohio State University and University of Michigan.

All OSU investigators have access to the de-identified PCORI data, which is present in the PCORI database. The minimum approved data count is 11, and no separate IRB or Honest Broker approval is required. To request count data, please complete the OSU Count Data Request Form. Requests are serviced under counsel of OSU PCORnet Governance Committee. For more information, contact us at


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