The Masonic Cancer Center's designation by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive center includes support for shared resources. Clinical Informatics Shared Services (CISS) is one such resource maintained by the center. CISS provides technology and data mining support to its customers who include principal investigators and their teams, the Clinical Trials Office, Translational Cell Therapy Lab and individual cancer center members. We manage patient registries such as the outcomes registry for the BMT Program. The CISS team also supports the center's administrative office by providing metrics and clinical trial accrual data to comply with the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Support Grant guidelines.
Charged with custodianship of all cancer center data, the CISS team strives for excellence in all areas of technology — data management, security, reporting and utilization of industry standard development practices. With a focus on clinical data and clinical trial administration, these services can include needs specification, system evaluation, preparation of functional design documents, project management, and system testing. Informatics staff members facilitate tracking of Masonic Cancer Center activity levels, facilitate research subject recruitment, establish systems for efficient clinical data collection and storage. The Clinical Informatics Shared Services staff also provides database construction and administration, and website development support.
Publication Acknowledgment Request
Being a shared resource we receive grant support from the National Cancer Institute, thus our use should be acknowledged in any publications. The following statement is suggested: "This work was supported in part by NIH P30 CA77598 utilizing the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota shared resource of Clinical Informatics Shared Services".