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REDCap: Research Data Capture and Analysis System

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a free, secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies.


The REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) system is a secure open-source web-based system for collecting, storing and doing preliminary analysis on research data. Originally developed at Vanderbilt University, It is an open-source product used at more than 1,600 institutions in almost 100 countries around the world.

Downstate hosts our own REDCap system. Users who have obtained research project approval or an exemption from the campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) can request access to the system. Other researchers using non-human data may also use this system. Using REDCap, users can:

  • Test and build a series of data collection surveys
  • Distribute the surveys as links or via email
  • Use them to enter data (either here at Downstate or by your research partners at other institutions).
  • Use the system to follow up on selected patients.
  • Export for analysis on other systems.
  • Easily “de-identify” data during export for HIPAA compliance.

The system is secure. It is easy to use and learn via online videos and workshops or one-on-one training here on campus.

Staff in the Academic Computing and Technology (ACT) Office will help you get started.  To request a demonstration and access to the system, complete the form below and email it to the campus HelpDesk at: This will automatically create a ticket that will be assigned to ACT Office staff. Once the accounts are ready, our staff will contact you to meet for a brief orientation and to make sure you have what you need.

Please include the following information:

  • Title of the research project
  • Full names and contact information of any researchers (Downstate or off campus) who will be using the system.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your IRB approval letter (if applicable). If you will be collaborating with outside researchers, you/they may need to sign a Data Usage Agreement (DUA)

HIPAA Compliance

REDCap is HIPAA compliant and can be used for collecting clinical patient care/PHI.

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