Category Archive: Clinical Informatics Core

Secure Surveys


SAFE Desktop


SAFE, the Secure Analytic Framework Environment (formerly called the Secure Data Desktop/SDD) is a virtual desktop that provides Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators (whether engaged in research or other data-intensive activities) with a secure environment to analyze and share sensitive data (e.g. PHI, PII) with colleagues. Top Features Software: the SAFE is installed with productivity software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as statistical software, including SAS, Stata, R, R Studio, and Python. Other software applications can be installed for investigators willing to cover the licensing fees. Data sharing across study teams: the SAFE can be mapped to a … Continue reading

Center for Clinical Data Analysis (CCDA)


The Center for Clinical Data Analysis (CCDA) assists researchers with accessing clinical data for research purposes. Services include: Preliminary, anonymous data for feasibility, grant applications and statistical sample-size estimates IRB-approved case-finding–for study enrollment (mailings, phone solicitation), chart review, and cohort/case-control studies Research data extracts – monthly/quarterly integrated extracts from Epic, EPR, Sunrise/POE, and CaseMix/Data Mart The CCDA is staffed with experienced data analysts who will assist you with access to data while also helping you comply with Data Trust privacy and security regulations. Here is how it works: 1) Submit a request for CCDA services at the ICTR Connection Request … Continue reading

Epic for Clinical Research


Epic is the unified electronic medical record and primary clinical care system for Johns Hopkins.  Epic deployment for all of Johns Hopkins Medicine was completed in July 2016.  It is currently deployed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center,  Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Howard County General and Suburban Hospital. Epic is integrated with CRMS (Clinical Research Management System). Guiding principle:  For the safety of our patients, clinical research data relevant to patient care should be in Epic and viewable by the care team just like other clinical data. Research data which are study sensitive and not critical for … Continue reading

Data Management Advisory Board


The ICTR Data Management Advisory Board is designed to focus on data management within clinical research studies, including ways in which data management impacts study efficiency and the value of the data for both primary and secondary uses. Within Johns Hopkins there are a wide range of approaches to data management, with most of the responsibility centered within the individual studies. There are a few centers of expertise related to database management that have not generally met with each other or collaborated with each other to create institutional approaches and standards. The Data Management Advisory Board will work to answer … Continue reading