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Cost: No charge for basic service. Additional modules and custom programming may be provided for a fee.

Research application for secure and compliant electronic data capture. May be used for simple or complex databases and participant surveys. Purposes for use include research, educational/training, QI, and QA.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web-based application for electronic data capture (EDC) and data management. REDCap was created at Vanderbilt University and is primarily for human subject research and quality improvement studies.

REDCap allows end users to build online databases and surveys, accessible to collaborators and participants, respectively, with real-time data quality checks, queries, and reporting. REDCap production projects have audit logs of user activity, data changes, and a history of revisions, helping to prevent unwanted changes or data loss. REDCap features include data exports to Excel and statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, and R), longitudinal data collection, randomization, e-consent, multi-language management, branching logic, and calculated fields.


The REDCap service improves research data accuracy and integrity and provides data security and research compliance safeguards. Researchers can securely manage their project databases from any location.

The REDCap server has security features required to allow the system to collect, process, and store data classified as Restricted Use. Within the virtual Restricted Use environment (vRU), the REDCap configuration includes a firewall, SSL/TLS encryption, two-factor authentication, and user rights management policies to enhance security and compliance.

REDCap server backups are stored at the primary data center and retained for 30 days. Backups are intended for complete database retrieval, not project-level restoration (i.e., record data should not be deleted unless externally archived and approved to do so).

Key Features

  • Secure Login and Customized User Permissions
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • *21 CFR Part 11 Compliance-Ready
  • Audit Trail
  • Protected Email Mode and Survey Login
  • Automated Survey Invitations and Data Management Workflows
  • E-Consent

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows. Website maintenance occurs every Sunday morning 12 AM to 8 AM EST (-5 GMT), and the application may be taken offline at any time during that period which may result in losing any data you enter during that period.


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