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REDCAP software available for data capture

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This month, the Biomedical Health Informatics and Biostatistics Design and Analysis teams launch REDCap (or Research Electronic Data Capture), a secure web application designed exclusively to support data capture for research.

REDCap is available to UMN research teams at no costs, and this tool is fully supported by the Biostatistics Design and Analysis Center (BDAC) at CTSI. The BDAC team now offers regular introduction sessions to help investigators determine if this is the right tool for a particular study. 

Contact Sue Lowry for more information or visit the UMN REDCap website learn more.

Nursing and informatics adds fellows

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Congratulations to Professor Bonnie Westra and Adjunct Professor Marty LaVenture, who were recently named Fellows in the American College of Medical Informatics. This brings the total to eight ACMI fellows at UMN, a proportionately large cohort now eligible to use the FACMI designation.

CTR Portal Enhancements to be released Thursday, 9/15

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Several enhancements will be available in the CTR Portal beginning Thursday, 9/15. Please review the list below and contact Beth Mohr or Trung Ngo with questions.

Request for Services 

  • A new "CTSI Cost Estimator" role has been added in order for users assigned in this role to access the Review Request Services module.

  • The CTSI ID has been added to the top of View Requests page, along with the project's Short Title at the top of this page.

  • When a request is submitted, re-opened, and re-submitted, user is now brought to a confirmation page upon subsequent submission, rather than to a read only version of the application.

  • Fixed issue with AHC ID users in which they were sometimes routed to the CTR Portal home screen rather than a confirmation screen upon submitting a New Project Registration Form.
  • The three tabs on the Request for Services form have been modified to be more distinguishable from one another.

  • On Request for Services - Gather Project Details tab - question #4, options of "Non-sponsored account" and "U of MN funding" have been added.

  • When logged in as the Checker role to the Review Request Services module, the Checker will now have the ability to remove all assigned Reviewers or Editors.

  • The Request for Services confirmation e-mails will now be sent to the individual who most recently submitted the request (along with PI and Key Contact).
My Projects 
  • Modified the formatting of the text in the My Projects' Actions column so that the text is more distinguishable on projects with multiple Actions options. 

  • A new Publications section has been added to the Basic Info tab, with the ability to collect multiple PMID's and PMCID's. 

  • Under Basic Info tab's Budgeted Hours section, Clinical Research Manager corrected to Clinical Research Coordinator, and "Hours per Visit" field updated to allow for a range of hours. 
  • The URL to access the CTR Portal has been updated from the production CTR Portal site to CTSI's Portal Overview landing page on the Project Registration and Request for Services confirmation e-mails and My Invoices e-mails. 

  • The CTSI News and Information widget on the Portal home screen is now populated by an RSS feed from CTSI's blog.

IHI kicks off lecture series

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Learn about health informatics, record banks and strategies to build an effective public health information infrastructure. On Wednesday Sept. 28 at 3:30 pm in the Mayo Auditorium Dr. William Yasnoff, M.D., Ph.D. will present Integrating Public Health and Clinical Care Using Electronic Health Information.

Sponsored by the UMN's Institute for Health Informatics, this presentation covers guidelines established in 2001 by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, which calls for public policy to establish a health information infrastructure.

A national leader in health informatics, Dr. Yasnoff is past senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Health Information Infrastructure. He also helped establish the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and has authored more than 300 publications and presentations on health informatics.

IHI kicks off student seminar

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The Institute of Health Informatics starts its student seminar on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in 555 Diehl Hall featuring Dr. Subramani Mani of Vanderbilt University.
He will present "Predictive Modeling Using Machine Learning for Better Clinical Decision Making" that provides an overview of recent studies using machine learning methods for building predictive models. The models include:
~ Early detection of neonatal sepsis
~ Risk forecasting for type 2 diabetes
~ Early prediction of tumor response to neoadjuvant therapy with quantitative MRI

Dr. Mani's presentation will describe modeling methods derived from electronic health records that can be used to build models with the potential to improve clinical decision making and pave the way for personalized medicine.

The weekly IHI seminars, held in 555 Diehl Hall from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, are geared toward students but open to the public. Contact Jessica Whitcomb-Trance with questions.

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