Oct 13

Research Partnership

10/13/14 | Delivering Results, Featured Posts, Newsroom

University of Missouri was awarded a $13.3 million grant in July 2012 to fund the LIGHT2 research project. Work on the grant application and the subsequent award highlighted the close collaboration between MU Health Care, the Tiger Institute, and Cerner Corporation. More importantly however, it showcased the power of public/private collaboration to rapidly advance the body of knowledge within health care, a fact which played a prominent role in the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) decision to award this grant.

Research Partnership

We have helped MU reach industry recognized milestones such as HIMMS Level 7 and the Most Wired awards by bringing in innovative technical solutions and facilitating process change. We also recognize our unique position to support the core academic mission of the University of Missouri, and to help drive fundamental change to the industry through contributions in basic and applied research. Since the LIGHT2 grant award, the Tiger Institute and MU have steadily progressed towards creating an environment in which researchers at MU feel empowered in their academic pursuits as it relates to health and care.

Additionally, in October 2013, MU was awarded a five year grant with funding of $878,177 from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop a center for patient-centered outcomes research. The broad focus of the grant is on improving patient care transitions across health care settings, or from one phase of care to another, which aligns closely with MU’s transition strategy. Cerner’s role in the grant is to provide HealthFacts data and for Cerner Math resources to provide expertise in predictive modeling.

Health care research today is complicated and varied. University of Missouri is well positioned to take on the modern challenges of clinical effectiveness, population health, genomics and personalized medicine, cost and utilization, clinical decision support, and translational research. To help MU reach these goals, we have created a focused strategy around four pillars of research support:

  • Access to data

  • Research and funding opportunities

  • Technical infrastructure

  • Data governance

Join Tracy Greever-Rice, Interim Director – OSEDA, MU Health Care, at the Cerner Health Conference for her presentation entitled Leveraging Clinical and Claims Data for Research on November 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM.


The Tiger Institute and Cerner have provided i2b2 (informatics for integrating biology and the bedside), an industry standard informatics research tool that is used by nearly 100 medical centers, academic institutions, and companies. Researchers use the i2b2 query tool against de-identified MU patient data in order to determine the availability of a patient population (cohort) for their studies. Once established, the cohort could be extracted for further analysis under the direction of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Honest Broker. There are currently three major data domains available for querying and export:

  • Pharmacy data mapped to National Drug Code

  • Lab data mapped to LOINC terms

  • Diagnoses and procedures mapped to ICD-9

In addition, i2b2 can connect to other institutions through a data sharing mechanism. Tiger Institute and Cerner are also working with MU to pursue participation in the Great Plains Health Research Consortium.


Join Abu Mosa, Director of Research Informatics – MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, at the Cerner Health Conference for his presentation entitled Cohort Discovery and Management I2B2 on November 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM