Research Development & Support Services

Software Development Contact

Data Management Contact

Tim Meyer

Software Development

Health Sciences Technology (HST) Research Development Service (RDS) provides comprehensive software development services to the University’s world-class researchers as well as external community customers. These include the University of Minnesota Medical School, School of Public Health, and the Food Protection and Defense Institute (a Department of Homeland Security - Center of Excellence).

Services span the entire development lifecycle, including the development of web-based data collection systems, tablet/mobile applications, and integrated reporting tools that compile data from multiple enterprise systems. The RDS team develops solutions which leverage integrations with Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), building systems with modern standardized software design that are loosely coupled and highly cohesive. RDS has developed several open-sourced applications in Ruby and JavaScript (Node.js) that have been implemented at other educational institutions and government agencies.

RDS solutions are deployed to cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services, centrally managed on-premise, or the HST managed HIPAA compliant environment.

To request an initial consultation, please email the team at

Data Management

RDS, through its collaborations and partnership with CTSI/BMI and the Informatics Consulting Service (ICS), provides Data Management services as it relates to the Academic Health Center Information Exchange (AHC IE). Common Data Management services we provide include:

  • Clinical Data Repository (CDR)/Data warehouse
  • Manage data feeds from Clinical Partners (Fairview, UMP)
  • Data modeling
  • ETL
  • Data standardization and terminologies
  • Data request fulfillment, access and data manipulation
  • Support of enterprise research applications
  • One-time data requests
  • Data marts and registries
  • Business Intelligence and reporting tools
  • Data Shelter access and analytical tools
  • Infrastructure, including servers, security and storage/backups
  • i2b2
  • REDCap
  • Support of multi-site research projects