Our goal is to improve health care and advance biomedical discovery through biomedical informatics.

NextGen BMI offers services to investigators and organizations within and outside the University of Missouri System on grant-funded, chargeback-based projects, and other collaborative funding models for developing/deploying/supporting applications, as well as integrating and exploring health data produced by clinical, administrative, quality and biomedical research systems. Our team strives to provide cost-effective, scalable, open solutions that can be deployed within the NextGen environment or your organization’s IT infrastructure, or utilize cloud computing platforms — maximizing the portability and impact of our methods to advance biomedical informatics.

Informatics is at its best when we provide systems, training, consultation or collaboration that allows your research to grow in new directions that were cost-prohibitive or not possible before. Our approach also helps health-care providers and systems understand their care processes and quality, and create a learning health-care system

We want to be your partner: Informatics is not a spectator sport. When you engage with our team, it helps us devise new solutions to advance state of the art in biomedical informatics. Similarly, training and collaboration with our team can help your research or organizational clinical effectiveness.

We know you’re busy: We are also happy when researchers use our informatics systems as independent, informatics-savvy investigators and don’t require training, consultation and collaboration.

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Available Services

Initial Consultation

We will meet with you and your team, understand your needs and provide fair estimates of the effort needed. There is no charge for initial consultation with faculty, staff and students from University of Missouri campuses, and many services may be modest in cost or subsidized.

Population Identification (Computable Phenotyping)

Many clinical research studies require you to perform feasibility queries to identify and profile the population of interest. We can work with you to help you understand the data available in order to define and identify your population of interest and provide statistics about size and availability of data for that population. As the i2b2 system is redeployed for MU and UMKC, it will allow you to conduct self-service feasibility queries.

Data Extraction and Data Preparation

Clinical data can be overwhelming. Our Clinical Informatics Coordinators can help define and prepare analysis-ready datasets from the NextGen Outback and PCORnet CDM to support any IRB-approved study design using any of our available data assets, including internal health system data and our multi-institutional datasets, which include the Greater Plains Collaborative, Health Facts and Cerner Real World Data.

REDCap Project Development

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is a web application created by Vanderbilt University to facilitate data acquisition and management. The software is used internationally by over 5000 institutions and has over 2 million users (, so if you are developing solutions using REDCap there’s greater potential for your efforts to foster collaborations with others around the country and world. If your team lacks the expertise, our Clinical Informatics Coordinators can help with project development, including survey design and development.

Application Development, Electronic Health Record Integration and Clinical Decision Support

Our team has unique experience and expertise through our public/private innovation partnerships between Oracle Cerner Corporation and MU Health, the Tiger Institute, and Oracle Cerner and Truman Medical Center, the KC One Health Innovation Alliance. Together our team can work with you and our participating health systems to design, develop, integrate, deploy and measure the impact of innovation and decision support in our clinical information systems. This has supported federally funded research programs and fostered industry partnerships such as development of tumor board solutions with Roche.

Grant Proposal Development and Budgeting

Our team of informatics, data and engineering experts are available to collaborate on funded research opportunities. NextGen BMI will work with you to understand your research question, recommend collaborators and enhance your study design with cutting-edge data and informatics to make your proposal more competitive.

Service Center Options

Fee for service

We offer an hourly fee-for-service for all informatics services with pricing information provided when responding to your inquiry. We place a high value on transparency and attempt to provide accurate forecasting while using a project management system for defining milestones, tasks and time-tracking.

NextGen Informatics Service Center performs informatics related services within the UM system and externally. These services leverage our unique medical informatics capabilities and data infrastructure to support research, grants and non-profit and private sector needs. Services include data requests, REDCap services, software development and analytical services.

  • $78 per hour (internal to UM System)
  • $122 per hour (external, non-profit)
  • $159 per hour (external, for-profit)


Research collaboration

Collaborations may budget for NextGen Informatics faculty/staff members as co-investigators on awarded grants. Medical Informatics personnel time on a grant should be representative of what is required to meet deliverables and should never be less than 5%.

Flat fee pricing and infrastructure cost recovery

Contact us for more information.