The Software Development and Informatics (SDI) group provides technical applications to advance the administrative, educational, and research missions of the Department of Medicine. Our team is made up of experts in the fields of software development, bioinformatics, and database administration.

Supporting Research

The intersection of different types of data is where the answers to many scientific questions may be found. To enable the Department of Medicine’s researchers to ask innovative questions and obtain actionable answers, we develop secure technical tools for data management, visualization, and analysis.

Consulting services are available to assist in needs analysis and budget for inclusion in research grants applications. Contact Adam Halstead:

Supporting Administration

A critical part of information management is assurance of information quality and security. Amongst other software services, we build and maintain data warehouses for the Department of Medicine’s administrative needs. The SDI group has developed and supports the Central Accounts Tracking Tool (CATT) for the Department of Medicine Office of Financial Services.

To request SDI services please review our FAQs and submit a service request.

Our Team:  

Adam Halstead, M.Sc.

Adam is the Director of the SDI group and specializes in needs analysis, strategic project planning, and IT service management. He is an experienced consultant in higher education settings for software development and implementation projects. Adam has a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from McGill University and a Master of Science from the University of Manchester.

Mike Whitney, M.S.

Mike has provided services for researchers in the areas of database administration, security, and bioinformatics applications, including at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. Mike has a Master of Computer and Electrical Engineering from UW–Madison.

Andrew Broman, B.S.

Andrew’s background is in designing and building statistical and biological computing applications for scientific research groups. He specializes in increasing automation efficiencies in data collection and management and has experience in informatics analysis. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and has trained in multiple programming languages.

Adam De Fouw, B.S.

Adam has as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and IT Infrastructure from UW–Whitewater. He is experienced in designing Content Management Systems and is in charge of the SDI group’s REDCap Services for the department.

Ashlyn Hussey, B.S.

Ashlyn is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and previously worked at the U of M School of Education as a software developer. For her senior capstone project, she developed an application for Mott Children’s Hospital for the diagnosis of surgical eligibility of patients with pectus excavatum using natural language processing techniques. 

Contact Us:

Software Development and Informatics
310 North Midvale, Suite 304
Madison, WI  53705

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