CCTR Hosts Final BIC Brown Bag Seminar Focused on Cohort Discovery and Clinical Data Reporting

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The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) hosted the final seminar in the BIC Brown Bag Lunch series which featured the various resources offered by the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core (BIC).

On Thursday, May 12, Shannon Bruffy, IT specialist for BIC, and Jun He, research informatics application analyst for BIC, led a presentation on cohort discovery and clinical data reporting.

i2b2Bruffy focused her portion of the presentation on Cohort Discovery (i2b2), a tool that was developed at Harvard Partners Healthcare through a CTSA grant. i2b2 allows users to search a de-identified database, without IRB approval, to determine the existence of a set of patients meeting specified criteria. She also reviewed best practices for effective query building, which includes searching by time, multiple key words, and proper codes.

Jun He discussed the limitations and abilities of data extraction. Stressing the importance of good practice when submitting requests for data, He asked that requests be made after IRB approval has been obtained, with the conditions for requests provided, and with acronym explanations.

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First image up top: Shannon Bruffy, IT specialist for CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core

Third image from top: Jun He, research informatics application analyst for CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core