Clinical research informatics and analytics

The mission of the Clinical Research Informatics and Analytics (CRIA) team is to apply the science of information management to support clinicians and enable effective and efficient clinical research at Allina Health. The key strategic goal for CRIA is to build a world-class clinical research informatics and technology infrastructure through the implementation of systems, tools, data extracting, analytics, reporting and program management services. CRIA also provides technical and management support and evaluation for hardware and software tools specific to research and administers the research datamart developed for PCORnet clinical research studies.

CRIA support for research studies

EHR information

  • Eligible patient identification
  • EHR data identification
  • Data extraction from various Allina Health information systems
  • Reports
  • Epic functionality implementation support

Research data

  • Datamart
  • Data sharing
  • Data governance


  • Data analysis support
  • IRB application support for cohort identification
  • Statistical analysis support
  • Variable list feasibility
  • Advanced AI support and integration

Tools and support

  • Software support
  • Study support
  • Budget estimating
  • Prep to research support
  • Research administration support
  • Program management for clinical data research networks (e.g., PCORnet)
  • Research portfolio management

CRIA uses Service Central for requests. Types of requests include:

  • Data extracts and reports
  • Research record build for new studies and changes to existing studies
  • Prep to research 
  • Budget estimates