ICTR Informatics Core Services
The ICTR Informatics Core offers all UMB campus faculty and trainee researchers access to clinical and healthcare informatics resources. The goal of the service is to assist researchers who do not have funding for information technologies and informatics resources.
The ICTR Informatics Core can provide support with:
Developing Research Surveys, Data Entry Forms, and Database with REDCap. Data collected are stored and maintained locally on campus in a fire-walled server managed by the UMB Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC). REDCap provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel, PDF, and common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R) as well as a built-in project calendar, a scheduling module, ad hoc reporting tools, and advanced features, such as auto-validation, branching logic, file uploading, calculated fields, and survey stop actions. REDCap can be set up for multi-center studies as well. If you need a simple, QA survey, consider Qualtrics.
Access to Clinical Data. The Research HARBOR Data Warehouse consists of clinical and investigational data collected from a variety of data sources from UMMS, Translational Genomics Lab (TGL), iPatient, and other schools/entities across campus. Currently, the main data source is the Clinical Data Repository (CDR), which contains data from UMMC and other UMMS clinical sites. These data have been collated and are maintained as a library to allow researchers to request a broad scope of clinical, scientific, utilization, financial, and resource availability information. Additional data sources will become available within the Research HARBOR over time.
Access to Other Specialized Datasets for Research purposes or referral to access
Data Use Agreement (DUA) support
Templates related to data privacy, confidentiality, security, core description
Quality Assurance/Control. The UMB Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC) can design a quality assurance plan specific to your study database and run regular reports to indicate improbable and impossible values in your database.
ICTR Informatics Core Service Request
If you are interested in ICTR Informatics Core service support, use your UMID to log into our ICTR Core Service Request webpage and complete the ICTR Core Services Request Form (developed in REDCap).
ICTR Informatics Core Partnerships
Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC) can construct databases in a variety of different formats (MySQL, PostGreSQL, Microsoft Access, etc) based on the needs of your study. CTRIC also offers secure, HIPAA compliant storage if you choose to house your database on their server. CTRIC can quickly and easily access your study’s database and make any requested edits as necessary and reate tables of specific data in any readable format at your request. CTRIC also can also:
- Develop a Research Database with OpenText Teleforms. With the help of OpenText TeleForm designing software, the UMB Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC) offers researchers custom designed forms and data dictionaries. Data collected on these forms can be scanned into the TeleForm system to be read by its character recognition software. TeleForm increases efficiency and accuracy in the data entry process. Data can be exported to datasets in many different formats (SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, and more).
- Construct Custom Databases. The UMB Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Center (CTRIC) can organize all of your study data into a cohesive, easy-to-use database. Databases can be constructed in a variety of different formats (MySQL, PostGreSQL, Microsoft Access, etc.) based on the needs of your study. Secure, HIPAA compliant storage is also available.
Research HARBOR Data Warehouse - Research HARBOR Data Warehouse consists of clinical and investigational data collected from a variety of data sources from University Of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), Translational Genomics Lab (TGL), COMmunity Partners Advancing Science System (COMPASS), and iPatient. Currently, the main data source is the Clinical Data Repository (CDR), which contains data from UMMC and other UMMS clinical sites. Additional data sources will be integrated in the HARBOR over time. At the HARBOR website, select Request for Data or Service and log in using your MY UMB ID.
Other UMB Campus Shared Informatics Resources
UMB faculty needing the UMB Core services below, may be eligible for additional support through the ICTR Voucher (micro grant) Program.
Bioinformation Program - UMB Health Sciences and Human Services Library Research Connection program offers expertise, information resources, and training focused on Bioinformatics and computational biology for health science research and practice. The Bioinformationist is available for one-on-one or group consults in the library or in the lab.
Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB) - One of the MPowering the State initiatives, CHIB combines "big data" computing capabilities to manage, process, and analyze massive amounts of clinical, genetic, and diagnostic imaging data. CHIB matches advanced computing resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) with clinical data and biomedical expertise at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) Informatics Resource Center (IRC) - The IRC supports the bioinformatics activities by providing annotation and analysis of genomic data for internal and external projects, using state-of-the-art computational infrastructure.
Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) Center of the at the UMB School of Pharmacy provides UMB faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and other researchers customized SAS programming, data cleaning, and file preparation workshops. Our team is here to assist researchers from all health disciplines. For more information, contact (410) 706-5315 or email@example.com.
Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC) service center in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the UMB School of Pharmacy has been providing a wide range of services to UMB campus investigators for over 15 years. Services include analytics (discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data), SAS programing, data management, statistics, and epidemiology to support health services researchers. The PRC can assist with obtaining data from outside sources, such as CMS, DHMH, and UMBC, and secure the Memorandum of Understanding or Data Use Agreement as well as assisting investigators in obtaining IRB approval.