Biomedical Informatics Core Presents BIC Brown Bag Seminar on REDCap

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The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research recently hosted the second seminar of the four-part BIC Brown Bag Lunch series.

Tim Aro, information systems manager for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core (BIC), and Michael Tran, IT specialist for BIC, reviewed the benefits of REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), the basics of building a project, advanced features, and the available data management support services offered by the CCTR.

A survey conducted in the summer of 2007 found that of 200 researchers, 80% were using Microsoft Excel as a database platform. In response to these findings, REDCap was created as a way of “making it easy to do the right thing,” Aro said.

In addition to being a secure platform, REDCap allows researchers to export and report on data, import and compare data, log field comments, lock records from further editing, and much more.

data poolAt the completion of Aro’s presentation, Tran reviewed more advanced REDCap features, such as branching logic and the ability to import data into REDCap from external data sources, including text files, databases, and electronic medical records (EMR).

Click here to download the full PowerPoint presentation.

The next BIC Brown Bag Lunch seminar will take place Thursday, May 12 at the Main Hospital’s Learning Center. From noon to 1 p.m., Shannon Buffy, IT specialist for BIC, will review the Cohort Discovery (i2b2) tool.

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First image up top: Tim Aro, information systems manager for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core

Last image down below: Michael Tran, IT specialist for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core

New Four-Part Brown Bag Seminar Series Kicks Off With BIC

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The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) held the first in a series of four BIC Brown Bag Lunch seminars on Wednesday, March 23 at the Main Hospital’s Learning Center. 

Tim Aro, information systems manager for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core (BIC), led a presentation on the various tools and services the BIC has available to help the VCU community improve and expand data management processes.

“All of us here today have different experiences and expertise and I really think we can learn a lot from one another through collaboration,” Aro said. “The Biomedical Informatics Core is continuously growing and looking for feedback on the way you use our tools and services.”

The presentation covered an overview of the many tools and services offered by BIC, including electronic data capture (e.g. REDCap), cohort discovery (i2b2 and other new initiatives), and Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) support and training (OnCore).

To download Tim’s full presentation slides, click here.

The next BIC Brown Bag Lunch seminar will take place Friday, April 29. Michael Tran, information technology specialist for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core, will break down REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), the IRB approved/recommended site that allows users to build secure web-based databases and surveys, export data to common data analysis packages, and much more. 

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First image up top: Tim Aro, information systems manager for the CCTR’s Biomedical Informatics Core