The Essential Common Rule Updates Guide for 2018

As you well know, Common Rule is the federal policy for the protection of human test subjects. Published in 1991, it has been updated and amended along the way, including the most recent revision—aka the Final Rule—which goes into effect on July 19, 2018. Changes have been made and agreed upon between sixteen different federal departments and agencies, spearheaded by the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services.

Three simple ways to refresh your data management practices

Three simple ways to refresh your data management practices Since we're all about saving time,  we already did the hard work for you by creating the list below of three (reasonable) data management goals to tackle. These goals are sure [...]

Leveraging Research Data to Enhance Quality Improvement Initiatives

Does quality improvement really matter and do we need to convince you that it’s important to advancing state-of-the-art healthcare? This is the debate that has been raging amongst us recently and, after much thought and discussion, we came to the conclusion that it does matter, but that we don’t need to convince you…. Everyone working in healthcare today already understands why quality improvement is important and that it will have an vital impact on state-of-the-art healthcare.

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 3, Relational Databases

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 3, Relational Databases As we illustrated in the first post in this series, data cleaning and data transformation are two major bottlenecks in data analysis. Both can be streamlined by using more [...]

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 2, Tidy Data

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 2, Tidy Data Note: This post draws heavily from concepts described in an article, slide deck, and presentation by Hadley Wickham, Assistant Professor of Statistics at Rice University and Chief Scientist at [...]

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 1

Good Data Management Practices for Data Analysis: Part 1 As far as research experiences go, it’s hard to beat the moment when you finally get to analyze and interpret the data you worked so hard to obtain. Unfortunately, it’s common [...]

Research Trends: Repurposing Healthcare Registries to Improve Quality, Performance, and Outcomes

Research Trends: Repurposing Healthcare Registries to Improve Quality, Performance, and Outcomes Registries have begun to take new shape as medical societies and associations realize the potential value of their data. For those of you unfamiliar with what a healthcare registry [...]

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A Brief Introduction to Clinical Nomenclatures

A Brief Introduction to Clinical Nomenclatures Vocabulary management systems in electronic health records (EHRs) standardize how medical information is communicated. Although primarily intended to improve patient care, they also benefit researchers by bringing structure to complicated, nuanced, and dynamic health [...]

Help! I’m Drowning in a Sea of Changing Data!

Help! I’m Drowning in a Sea of Changing Data! Tips for Getting Control of Your Data When It Feels Like Your Data Controls You (So You Can Finally Sleep At Night) Not everyone will admit to having this problem, but [...]

Record Matching: Facilitating Rich Data Sets When Merging Clinical Database

Record Matching: Facilitating Rich Data Sets When Merging Clinical Database The digitization of health records is making the aggregation of EHRs, prescription claims information, and other clinical data easier than ever before. But before analyzing clinical data collected from different [...]