Informatics & Implementation Science

The Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core (BIBCE) of Advance RI-CTR offers services and resources to support data—and technology—driven research for investigators across Rhode Island.

The Advance RI-CTR Biomedical Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement (BIBCE) Core works closely with partners and collaborators at Brown University and across Rhode Island to address the breadth of data, technology, and computing needs for clinical and translational research through:

  • Informatics Infrastructure to facilitate health data sharing, collection, management, and analysis
  • Consults and Collaborations for providing guidance in use of toolkits and best practices for health data and technology projects
  • Training and Engagement in the breadth of informatics and implementation science topics 

More information about services, resources, and training provided by the BIBCE Core can be found below.

“ The Biomedical Informatics support went above and beyond what we needed for computation and data storage. Having all of our data sets in one secure location strengthens our ability to house data sets with sensitive information. With this computational support, we can focus on the science that matters for improving public health. ”

Ashley Buchanan, DrPH Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Rhode Island

General Informatics Consults

The BIBCE Core works closely with the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI) to provide expertise and experience in informatics, data science, and library science applied to biomedicine and health care. Areas of expertise include:

  • Data extraction, management, and analysis (including data mining and machine learning)
  • Data standardization and integration
  • Natural language processing and text mining
  • Privacy and security
  • Software engineering and system development (e.g., for clinical decision support tools)

The BIBCE Core also offers experience with the following tools and technologies:

  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Programming languages: general purpose (e.g., Julia and Python), statistical (e.g., R), and database (e.g., SQL)
  • Standards: syntactic (e.g., OMOP common data model) and semantic (CPT, ICD-9/10-CM, LOINC, RxNorm, SNOMED CT, etc.)
  • Analytic Tools: Julia (JuliaAI and MLJ), Python (scikit-learn), OHDSI (ATLAS, etc.)

Please review our service policy and request an initial service consultation with the BIBCE Core to discuss your informatics needs. 

Service Policy

General Implementation Science Consults

The BIBCE Core works closely with the Implementation Science Core in Brown’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) to provide implementation science expertise and experience.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Dissemination and implementation (D&I) science models
  • Guidance on implementation science theories and frameworks for study design
  • Methods development expertise such as: formative evaluations, stakeholder engagement methods, implementation strategies, and hybrid designs

Please  review our service policy and request an initial service consultation with the BIBCE Core to discuss your implementation science needs.

Service Policy

Informatics Resource Navigation

The BIBCE Core helps researchers navigate the process of leveraging resources for projects involving health data extraction, management, and analysis. These resources include:

  • National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)
  • Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)
  • Unified Research data Sharing and Access (URSA) Initiative

Development and use of these resources involves partnerships with groups across Rhode Island including:

For more details about each resource, refer to Advance RI-CTR’s Resources page.

Please request an initial service consultation with the BIBCE Core to discuss getting started with these resources, including completing onboarding.

If you are a researcher joining an existing Advance RI-CTR-supported project, please contact URSA Services and Support ( to initiate onboarding. Please note: this change only affects onboarding requests. Please continue to use the Advance RI-CTR Service Request Form when requesting a new project consult.

Service Consultation

Informatics and Implementation Science Training

The BIBCE Core sponsors or co-sponsors seminars and workshops on a breadth of topics around effectively using data and technology to advance biomedical discovery and healthcare delivery. Each training activity features a topic area expert who shares methods, applications, or resources that are aligned with clinical and translational research, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and learning health systems.

Events/Training  Event Recordings