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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.


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a HIPAA complaint and secure web application which helps you in data collection and management. You can use REDCap for registry building, research and administrative operations, patient recruitment and quality improvement. This was created by Vanderbilt University to facilitate data acquisition and management for a wide variety of projects, especially Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved clinical research and basic research. Data collected in the course of the research are managed by the program and can be analyzed separately by commonly used statistical packages, including SAS, Stata, SPSS and R.


We now have an intake form for REDCap access/ support/ questions. Please chose option two from our intake form.

Few of the advanced features are restricted from end users and system’s admin approval is needed and we have intake for those sort of features.

Additional Features

  1. Twilio: Is a third party service, helps you in contacting the subjects and collect data using via phone, text messages.
  2. MyCap: A two way communication mobile application. You can send surveys, alerts and messages to the subject’s REDCap MyCap mobile application. Similar way, subjects can answer the surveys over their mobile app or ask the questions.
  3. MU Only REDCap FHIR: Is a secure connection to the MUHC Medical Records System (PowerChart). Using FHIR connection researchers can pull health data into REDCap project for patients on daily basis.
  4. MU Only Activation of Incommon Login: At MU we are offering ‘Incommon Login’ feature for external collaborators/ researchers. The login to MU’s REDCap will be through the user’s university credentials. If you are an MU employee/student please reach out to for access
  5. As REDCap Administrators we do project building for you. Our charges for project/ database building are on hourly basis. You can find the costs at

Find end user documentation at University Missouri REDCap.

Research Data Request System

We provide aggregated counts, de-identified, limited, identified data through our Honest Broker services.

What does an end user need to request this service?

  1. Data Domains you need for research. Review our PCORNet’s data dictionary to determine what entities might be useful for your data.
  2. IRB approval as per data type :
  1. Aggregated counts : No IRB approval
  2. De-identified: Need Non HSR determination approval email from IRB (request from and select human-subjects-research-determination)
  3. Limited / Identified : Full IRB approval with HIPAA waiver population selection criteria. Note: Researchers from MU and UMKC must go through MU IRB for limited or identified data.
  1. PI’s approval will be sent if requestor is not the PI
  2. Inclusion and Exclusion criteria
  3. Sign our data use agreement

Service Costs:

Anything mentioned in our data dictionary and if the service scope is within 5 hours of our Honest Broker will be free of charges. Above 5 hours and entities not in data dictionary will be charged on hourly basis. Check our fees at


Our usual turn around time is 2-3 weeks. Depends on how quick we get all the entities needed per data type and work load of the research. Requests with additional data elements from source will take longer.


PHI’s requested must match the HIPAA waiver. Also, check the ‘Other Unique Identifiers’ field in HIPAA waiver if requesting for Visit Numbers/ FINs.


Informatics for Integrating Biology and Bedside (i2b2) is an informatics framework to leverage existing data for cohort identification, retrospective data analysis, feasibility study and hypothesis generation. i2b2 is an open-source system that was originally developed at Partners HealthCare System in Boston, Massachusetts, through NIH funding. i2b2 provides an interactive tool for querying and exporting of data by end-users and does not require knowledge of any technical programming languages.

i2b2 is a self service, fasting computing and user friendly tool. Apart from just numbers you can also visualize with demographic, medications and diagnosis breakdowns and compare two population sets. You can find a demo at NextGenBiomedicalInformatics-PublicLibrary

De-identified Database + Remote Desktop

Through the package we are offering access to de-identified data set of MUHC population in the PCORnet Common data model. This comes along with a secured remote desktop to perform analysis using platforms like SAS, Python, R in either windows or Linux systems. The data base is de-identified with randomly shifted dates. There are different types of environments with various storage and computing sizes.

Find more information in NextGen BMI Services AWS Service Workbench

What does an end user need to request this service?

  1. Non HSR determination approval email from IRB (request from select human-subjects-research-determination)
  2. PI’s approval will be sent if requestor is not the PI
  3. Submit de-identified data request if you need specific population
  4. Sign our data use agreement

Environment Costs:

Currently, there is not cost for the use of environments.

Cerner Real World Data

As a participant in Cerner’s Learning Health Network, our researchers and collaborators gain free access to Cerner’s Real-World Data multi-client de-identified research database. These data are available at no cost through an AWS-based data science environment featuring common open-source tools including Apache Spark™, Jupyter™, Python®, SparkR, PySpark and Spark SQL. Licenses are provided on a first-come, first-served basis for approved projects for a period of one month or as availability lasts. Preference is given to funded projects.

Access is limited to 3 months with the ability to resubmit for access.

Cerner Health Facts

Health Facts® is a de-identified research database comprising health-care data recorded during the course of day-to-day patient-care encounters and aggregated from health systems that contribute to the database. Cerner maps, merges and organizes the data into one database of consistent data elements suitable for research. Health Facts® incorporates data from 90 health systems and over 600 facilities located in the United States. Data are available through the end of 2018, and the environment is supported by the UMKC team.

Greater Plains Collaborative and PCORnet Research Network

NextGen BMI leads the Greater Plains Collaborative (GPC) Clinical Research Network, which is part of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Notably, the GPC maintains GROUSE, which combines multi-state Medicare and Medicaid claims with the EHR and registry data in PCORnet CDM format from the thirteen participating GPC health systems. These network collaborations provide the backbone and stakeholder engagement for many national and regional research programs. While you can visit our websites to learn more, please contact us locally first to help you strategize on going from local prototype to regional or national multicenter studies.

Healthcare 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.