The HDI program promotes and actively facilitates the use of REDCap as a resource for collecting and managing sensitive research data. REDCap is in common use at academic and local medical centers and other universities, access to REDCap as a data management tool can enable OSU researchers to conduct and collaborate in large multisite and longitudinal studies. 

REDCap is a research data management system that uses a secure web application for building and managing research data for online surveys and databases.  While REDCap can be used to collect almost any type of data, in 2021 we have moved to supporting the needs of those projects requiring more robust information security and privacy standards.  With the OSU REDCap in the Secure Cloud (Refer to REDCap Terms of Use), research data collection that requires security and privacy protections for use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Personal Health Information (PHI) (refer to HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) requirements), can be supported.

REDCap provides features not available in other data management systems including support for large-scale longitudinal studies. We have OSU-specific training resources in addition to the REDCap Consortium resources for REDCap users.  Researchers can contact us to set up REDCap accounts for their research teams and to consult on their data management plans.


REDCap development at OSU

In 2019 we began a test phase of REDCap on premises for non-sensitive data collection. 

In 2020 in collaboration with OIS, UIT and the TRACE Investigators, we deployed a secure, custom, on-premises version of REDCap for use with COVID surveillance research through the TRACE community project

In 2021 in collaboration with OIS and UIT, we established and tested an OSU-based REDCap system housed on a Microsoft (MS) Azure Secure Cloud. CPHHS research teams participated to pilot the new set up and is ongoing.

New in Fall, 2021, we posted OSU REDCap in the Secure Cloud Terms of Use Guide and Fee Planner for MS Azure Secure Cloud for Research Data to assist researchers planning to use OSU REDCap in the future.

In 2022, we expect to move beyond piloting!