Clinical Informatics Shared Services (CISS)


The primary aim of the Clinical Informatics Shared Services (CISS) is to provide state-of-the-art centralized clinical informatics services for the support of Masonic Cancer Center operations, research, and quality of care improvement effort. These services include access to rich clinical and genomics database, data extraction and preparations, secure and robust informatics infrastructure, advanced analytics, application development as well as collaborative science opportunities with highly qualified informatics consultants and faculty.




Access to Data:

(Clinical, Genomics, OnCore)

Feasibility Analysis:

(Research, Quality of Care Improvement, Operations, Patient Recruitment)

Dataset Preparation& Extraction:

(Formatting, Summarization, Codeset Mapping (ICD9/ICD10, NDC, RxNorm, etc.)

Data repositories & registries

Natural Language Processing:

(Extracting coded data and information from notes)

Application Development:

(Interface Design, Mobile Apps)

Data de-identification:

(Fully de-identified & Limited Datasets)

Informatics Infrastructure:

Secure, Compliant and robust Data Infrastructure

Informatics Resources:

Informatics ConsultantsData AnalystsDatabase EngineersDevelopers

Data Analytics:

  • Tier 1 Analytics: Dashboards and Self-Service Business Intelligence
  • Tier 2 Analytics: Collaboration with expert data scientists and faculties 

Data Governance:

  • Data Governance policies that are compliant with relevant data regulations

Data Environment

Data Environment

  • Academic Health Center Information Exchange (AHC-IE):
    • Clinical EMR data for ~ 2.5M Fairview and University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) patients.
    • Genomics data
  • OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW):
    • De-identified claims and electronic health records data for >150M lives (20% with EMR).
  • OnCore® enterprise CTMS:
    • Extraction of Clinical Trial Data that are managed by OnCore® enterprise CTMS
  • -Dental Records
    • AaxiUm records through School of Dentistry (in progress)
  • -Master Death Index:
    • Death Certificates through Minnesota Department of Health
  • -Spatial Data:
    • Census data at the block group level from the 2010 Census.
    • The Clinical EMR data is geocoded and enhanced latitude/longitude/block data elements
  • UMLS Data:
    • Standard Terminology and code sets including ICD-9/10, LOINC, NDF-RT, RxNorm, CPT, HCPCS
  • Masonic Cancer Center Data Registries and Repositories
    • Bone Marrow Transplant database (BMT): Blood and Marrow Transplant database used by the Cancer Center to capture post-transplant outcome data on subjects.
    • Laboratory information management system (LIMS):  Subjects’ samples processed data based on study objective. For Example: number of aliquots, analyte, pre and post Ficoll.
    • FreezerWorks: Research samples freezer inventory data. Such as: Freezer name, shelf, rows, box etc.

Rates & Publications

Rates & Publications

CISS provides consultation free of charge to all MCC members to help prepare the informatics resource sections for grant applications and to provide initial cost estimates for other informatics projects.

Extended collaboration with the Informatics team should be directly supported by the appropriate funding sources. Costs for services are recovered through percent effort of personnel or through the ISO model.

Publications resulting from informatics work should merit co-authorship: the order of authorship is up to the principal investigator/primary author.



Ahmad M. AbuSalah, MSc, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, IHI,
Director of Clinical Informatics, CTSI-BPIC,
Lead Informaticist, NCIPE
Office: 8-132 Phillips-Wangensteen Building, 516 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Portfolio Manager
Michelle DeMist
Office: 8-100-26, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Application Development
Vivek Venugopal (Manager)
Office: 8-100-25, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Wei Shen
Office: 8-100-23, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Shay Downey-Forsythe
Office: 8-100-24, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Data Analysis and ETL
Vidhya Ramesh (Manager)
Office: 8-100-16, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Jie Lin
Office: 8-100-27, Phillips-Wangensteen Building

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