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VMC Lands $1.3 Million Contract For Research Electronic Data Capture

January 26, 2009

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $1.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to continue development of a Web-based program that is helping researchers around the world collect and manage study data.

The program, called REDCap, for Research Electronic Data Capture, was developed five years ago by Paul Harris, Ph.D., research associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering.

It supports approximately 400 projects and 1,400 researchers at Vanderbilt, and 32 institutional partners in a consortium of academic medical centers worldwide.

REDCap services are available to Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College research teams at no cost through support provided by Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award grant, led by Gordon Bernard, M.D.

The new contract, announced on Jan. 26, 2009 by the National Center for Research Resources, will fund new functional modules for data collection using case report forms and Web surveys, standards to support data sharing and shared libraries of researcher data collection instruments, methods to enable data exchange with clinical informatics systems, and automated data de-identification support to enable safer data sharing and analysis.

Harris said he hopes the NIH contract also will support a growing consortium of institutional partners using REDCap.

“REDCap fills a niche need at most academic research institutions,” Harris said. “We are happy to provide software and support at no charge under our current participation model.

“This benefits our institutional partners and also Vanderbilt as we receive regular feedback and collaborative support from a wide array of informaticians, biostatisticians and scientific research teams. The consortium is something very unique in the clinical research informatics community,” he said.

The project is supported at VMC by Rob Taylor, Veida Elliott and Janey Wang in the Vanderbilt Office of Research Informatics and Jeff Horner in the Department of Biostatistics. Additional collaborators for this NIH contract include investigators from the Mayo Clinic and Oregon Health and Sciences University.

More information can be found at the REDCap project site (

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