REDCap

Research Institute

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a flexible and secure web-based system for collecting and managing research and quality improvement study data that was developed at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Users enter study data in a web browser, either locally or from remote locations. The data are then stored centrally in a secure MySQL database.

Why use REDCap?

  • Is flexible enough for multiple research contexts, from large-scale clinical trials to smaller observational studies.
  • Maintains sensitive patient data in a secure location.
  • Deidentifies patient information.
  • Includes built-in security and audit trail features.
  • Prevents loss of data if Excel spreadsheet or other datafile “crashes”.
  • Provides validation and data cleaning tools while data are being entered.
  • Creates project-specific online surveys.
  • Allows sharing of validated survey instruments with other REDCap users.
  • Enables data files to be exported to different statistical software packages, such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, and R.
  • Facilitates data sharing for multi-center research studies (with both centralized and de-centralized REDCap installation options available).

Click here for the REDCap homepage.
Click here for a general overview.
Click here for an introductory class.