Tulane REDCap is intended to support funded research within the Tulane University community. Redcap should not be used as a database system in perpetuity for clinical databases and record keeping. REDCap is an electronic (online) data capture system that is secure, HIPAA compliant, and backed up. It is well-designed for epidemiological, sociological, environmental and clinical research studies.
REDCap runs over a secure web application via web browser for access. The system is robust for building and managing online surveys and databases and time-based data collection protocols for research projects. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for developing projects, you may create and design projects using the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer.
REDCap provides automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to Excel 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 branching logic (surveys), file uploading, and calculated fields.
REDCap has a robust internal help system which includes a Help & FAQ and embedded training videos. There are number of excellent YouTube training videos from introductory to advanced topics.
Tulane SPHTM supports two instances of REDCap:
If you are interested in using REDCap for research or operational projects there are a few simple steps to follow:
PLEASE NOTE: The TRAINING account is for training and development activities only - under no circumstances should real study data be collected using this account. Data stored on this training instance will be purged periodically and will not be backed up.
If you are working on a TU IRB approved protocol, then yes you are eligible to use TU REDCap. Your access to REDCap must be sponsored by a Tulane employee who is a lead investigator on the project.
Please cite the REDCap project when publishing using the following language:
Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at [YOUR INSTITUTION].1 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing: 1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for importing data from external sources.
1Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathan Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde. Research electronic data capture (REDCap) - A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr:42(2):377-81.