IMPORTANT: Please keep PI or project owner in the request loop for any user rights cretaion or modifications or any project change. We appreciate your help to maintain the compliance. Please feel free to contact at if you have any question or concern.

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REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing user-friendly web-based case report forms, real-time data entry validation (e.g. for data types and range checks), audit trails and a de-identified data export mechanism to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R/S-Plus). REDCap also provides a powerful tool for building and managing online surveys. The research team can create and design surveys in a web browser and engage potential respondents using a variety of notification methods. REDCap data collection projects rely on a thorough study-specific data dictionary defined in an iterative self-documenting process by all members of the research team with planning assistance from the system owner. The iterative development and testing process results in a well-planned data collection strategy for individual studies. REDCap provides a secure, web-based application that is flexible enough to be used for a variety of types of research, provide an intuitive interface for users to enter data and have real time validation rules at the time of entry. The system was developed at Vanderbilt University but is now part of an international and multi-institutional consortium which includes The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). REDCap has been disseminated for use locally at other institutions and currently supports 3432 academic/non-profit consortium partners in 130 countries on six continents and over 948,000 research end-users. 7059 articles utilizing REDCap have been published.
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REDCap is one of our core competencies and we have been serving the UAB community for few years. However, the service has propelled exponentially in the last couple of years primarily because of a) positive changes in all aspects of this service offering, b) our undertaking of diverse and complex projects, c) cost effectiveness, and d) due to great word of mouth. We have invested $500K in two brand new datacenters utilizing state-of-the-art server and technologies, added staff, completely revamped our operation which is centered around security, and streamlined processes to offer the most cost effective solution at UAB. We are also the only REDCap instance at UAB that’s been vetted by all approving authorities (i.e. IRB, Data Security Office, CTO, CIO, VP/FISMA Signatory Authority) that ultimately yielded the Authorization To Operation (ATO) by NIH. This is a significant achievement that shows our commitment to REDCap. To achieve that, we have done a comprehensive risk assessment and modeled our operation after federal agency NIST’s 800-53 Rev 4 standards. As part of our commitment to this service, we review and update our documentation to match our most recent configuration and submit annually to NIH for their input and continued authorization. Our pioneering work has been a model for other reputable institutions and was recognized at leading conferences. For an example, we have won the 3rd place at the peer-reviewed poster presentation at the Annual REDCap Conference 2016. Our current endeavor is to make REDCap officially 21CFRpart11 compliant (with all SOPs documented).

We are experienced in the advanced features of REDCap including: multi-site, DAG, double data entry, scheduling, branching logic, randomization, calculated fields, reports. We are also experienced in project migration from not only from REDCap system but other heterogeneous sources. The use of REDCap will effectively eliminate a lot of your research and data management related hassles and nightmares. We have many researchers who initially assessed other solutions, but eventually opted for REDCap for all the benefits mentioned above.

To learn more about this service provided by DOM IT, please browse these pages that contain helpful information such as boilerplate text for IRB/grant application submission, Service Level Agreement (SLA) for support details and the cost structure, feedback opportunities, and new project request. Because of our self-sustaining operational model, there is an annual charge. However, we have the most cost effective solution on the campus.

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Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using :

  1. Onlin Designer: The online method from your web browser using the Online Designer
  2. Data Dictionary: The offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap.
  3. Through XML file upload
  4. By copying an existing project

Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods.

Data Export for Analytical Purpose
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, file uploading, and calculated fields.

Project Management
Each project can be managed by project owner with a set of well-defined rules and options. Project owner can add, edit and delete project users and also can define access rights for data export, data entry, reports, and adding other users. 


REDCap Feedback
DOM IT has two REDCap server instances: for PHI data research studies for non-PHI data research projects

HIPAA Compliance

A risk analysis has been performed to mitigate the data security concerns for handling sensitive data.

We currently host ~ 300 PHI and Non-PHI research studies/Surveys for different UAB departments and divisions including Psychiatry, Nephrology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Infectious disease, and many others.


REDCap Assistance
DOM Faculty/Staff can create a help ticket for any information or question regarding REDCap by contacting our Help Desk. You can also contact REDCap Administrators at 975-4357 or email at

We will review your request and contact you for an overview session on REDCap features and the capabilities of this highly preferred tool among research communities.