James D. Buntrock is the vice chair of information management and analytics at Mayo Clinic. He also serves as the information technology (IT) director for Mayo's three collaborative centers — the Center for Individualized Medicine, the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery — supporting discovery, translation and application of new models of care, along with new diagnostics and therapies.
Mr. Buntrock has been active in the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) Vocabularies & Common Data Elements and Architecture workspaces, the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, and the Health Level Seven Common Terminology Services V2 specification.
He has also served as manager for several extramural and intramural projects related to knowledge representation, vocabulary services, natural language processing, and genomic data collection and bioinformatics analysis. These include the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) and Beacon.
- Research applications. These support the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the Research Laboratory Information Management System, the Clinical Trials Management System and the Mayo Integrated Research Information System (which provides support for research administrative functions).
- IT for research. This includes support for research programs and cores for clinical informatics, bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics, proteomics, biomedical image processing and biostatistics.
- Information management. This includes support for enterprise data warehousing, master data repositories and other institutional repositories for data access, integration and delivery.
- Analytic applications. Software created assists in a range of activities for business intelligence, data enrichment, natural language processing, scientific computing and analytic tools.
Significance to patient care
The genomics era of medicine calls for informatics and analytic techniques to distill relevant information for disease understanding, prognosis and treatment. Information management and analytics can be applied to data and influence decision-making, monitoring and surveillance. As a resource, IT enhances Mayo Clinic's electronic medical records and enables health care providers to order new tests, retrieve results and access medical knowledge, improving patient care and outcomes.
- Embodying the Vision Award, Vocabularies & Common Data Elements Workspace, cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG), 2007