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Department of

Biomedical Informatics

Research IT - Cincinnati Children's


  • Physical and virtual servers running Windows and Linux operating systems for production, testing and development environments as well as to provide backup and redundant services
  • High performance computational cluster for parallel computation
  • A petabyte-scale storage facility offsite backups
  • Highly redundant core network
  • Dedicated MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle and PostreSQL database clusters
  • A Citrix VDI farm of Microsoft Windows servers and workstations
  • Dedicated redundant web servers
  • Online collaborative tools to facilitate data sharing such as SharePoint or Xythos.
  • Centralized identity management services providing streamlined access to local investigators as well as external collaborators
  • Basic developer tools (compilers, debuggers, graphical developments environments) and parallel computing software


Server Integrity:

CCHMC IS maintains 7 x 24 x 365 data center operations with operators continually onsite. All servers are backed up with daily incremental backups, weekly full backups, and monthly offsite vaults as needed. In the event of a power outage, the data center relies on a redundant UPS system, distributed PDUs (power distribution units), and a number of backup generators.


BMI offers centralized administration of the following software:

  • Statistical packages (such as SAS, Matlab, SUDAAN, GraphPad Prism, JMP, SigmaPlot)
  • BTM (Biomaterial Tracking & Management), biobanking software
  • Bioinformatics research software (such as GeneSpringTM; GCG, Affymetrix MicroArray Suite, Vector NTI, DNAStar, MacVector, Ingenuity, Golden Helix)
  • Other general software (such as Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe LifeCycle Designer, CERF, Filemaker Pro)

Data Security and Compliance

In order to facilitate collaboration with external institutions, BMI has built a dedicated research network with separate segments for storage, databases and applications as well as separation of production and development environments. 

BMI is closely collaborating with the institutional information services (IS) as well as legal and compliance departments to provide an environment compliant with local and federal requirements, including HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), FISMA (the Federal Information Security Management Act), and 21 CFR Part 11 (the part of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations that establishes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations on electronic records and electronic signatures). 

We provide consultations for faculty and staff on best IT practices and help facilitate data use agreements with partner institutions for a wide range of projects. We have developed annual System Security Plans as required by a number of regulations as well as data use agreements.