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Using BMC and CHC data for research purposes

The Clinical Data Warehouse consolidates patient data from the BMC Electronic Medical Record Systems and other health system-related data streams to create a repository of data to support research. With appropriate approvals, researchers may request data through a CDW analyst. Researchers are not allowed direct access to the CDW.

The CDW can provide count data for feasibility analysis or proposal/grant preparation without IRB approval (so called prep-to-research). With HIPAA and /or IRB approval, analysts can identify patient cohorts that meet study eligibility criteria and provide de-identified data sets, limited data sets, or identifiable data sets for retrospective and prospective research studies. There is a charge for accessing the Data Warehouse. Data requests may be submitted via the CDW Data Request Form.

For more information, visit the Boston Medical Center CDW for Research website.