Biomedical Informatics

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Goals

The main goal of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research Biomedical Informatics Core is to catalyze clinical and translational research within VCU and its partners by providing technical infrastructure, data, policies and informatics expertise to practitioners and health science researchers.

REDCap electronic data capture

REDCap

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research, in partnership with VCU Technology Services and the VCU Health System, has made REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) available to the VCU community. REDCap allows for secure Web-based data collection and storage, including online surveys. To discuss whether REDCap is the right fit for your project, request a consultation via the BIC Support Request. More information about REDCap and the account request process is available on the Technology Services website. Regularly scheduled REDCap training is also available.

i2b2 Cohort Discovery

Researchers can use the i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) system to discern whether patient populations meeting certain inclusion and/or exclusion criteria exist. The information contained in i2b2 is de-identified, so barriers to entry are lower and investigational queries may be executed prior to requesting identifiable information, should it be required. Introduction to the software is available through regularly scheduled i2b2 training or individual consults scheduled through the BIC Support Request form.

Electronic medical records data extracts

Requests can be made to the Biomedical Informatics Core for assistance in retrieving data from the VCU Medical Center electronic medical record systems (Cerner Millennium). The process will vary depending on the sensitivity of requested data and the frequency of updates needed. Begin by filling out the BIC Support Request form, and a consultant will contact you.

Specialized service facility

The CCTR has been deemed a specialized service facility for some of its services. While the majority of services through the CCTR are provided at no cost, six areas are available as service centers.