CTSI Programming Support | Translational Data Warehouse | Surveys and Databases | Early Career Support | Mobile Computing Technologies



CTSI Programming Support

REDCap plugins can be developed for our institution's REDCap system to meet advanced and more specific project needs. For complicated research projects requiring data collection where REDCap functionality is insufficient, a more tailored system can be created. Complex reports can be built to pull and organize research data in a more effective manner.

This service is available to all Wake Forest research groups for a fee of $60/hr for investigator-initiated studies and $90/hr for industry studies. Investigators will receive monthly invoices for services and pay only for the hours used.

Contact Information
CTSI: | 336-716-1195




Translational Data Warehouse (TDW)

Clinical Data Access

The Translational Data Warehouse (TDW) is a comprehensive research data warehouse integrating clinical and other research information from multiple data sources. Currently the TDW consists of clinical data which includes demographics, diagnoses, procedures, medications, lab results, vitals, and visit details from the medical record (historical and current). This data is accessible through the i2b2 platform or by submitting a Data Request.

The i2b2 platform is a query tool that allows investigators to query clinical data in the Translational Data Warehouse for cohort identification and pull detailed data for research projects. Medical Center users can automatically log in to i2b2 with valid CITI certification. Learn more about CITI training requirements. Use of i2b2, as well as training on i2b2 or the Data Puller tool, is available at no cost.

Prior to IRB approval, i2b2 can be used to pull aggregate numbers and enrollment tables based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. For IRB-approved studies, the Data Puller tool within i2b2 can be used to select and receive data elements based on inclusion and exclusion criteria.


View available online training materials for i2b2 and informational materials on how to pull data for recruitment and retrospective chart reviews.

Contact Information
For questions about the TDW or i2b2 platform, please contact the CTSI Data Team at




Surveys and Databases

REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Medical Center users can automatically log in to REDCap with Wake Health credentials. 

REDCap enables rapid project development and provides users with advanced functionality, complete autonomy and control of a project, and direct exports to common statistical packages. REDCap surveys and databases are HIPAA compliant and include audit trails. The data is backed up once daily. The REDCap Usage Agreement provides details on the usage of REDCap in the conduct of research related matters and operational data collection.

As a fee-for-service, a CTSI REDCap Administrator is available to create a project database or survey and move it into the production mode for a fee of $35/hour for investigator-initiated projects and $50/hour for industry projects. For special circumstances that require a CTSI REDCap Programmer, the fee is $60/hour for investigator-initiated projects and $90/hour for industry projects.

The CTSI REDCap Team provides a range of online training materials. In addition, REDCap Administrators conduct training in a classroom setting once a month or through a group consultation. Please refer to the CTSI Event Calendar for upcoming REDCap courses. 

Contact Information
For questions or comments concerning REDCap, including training sessions and project guidance, please contact


Early-Career Support

Faculty with an early-career designation can now receive biomedical informatics support for research studies. The following services are available:

Addressing biomedical informatics aspects of study design as part of ""Informatics Clinic"" (pre-requisite: Research Studio)
Choosing database platforms 
Preparing data for analysis 
Analyzing existing data 
Interpreting data and results 

Services will be provided at no cost for faculty with an early career designation.

Contact Information 
Please use the CTSI Service Request Form to inquire  for more information. 




Mobile Computing Technologies

With increasing interest from researchers and clinicians to access, input, and process data through handheld devices, the Biomedical Informatics Program provides resources to assist in the development of new technologies.

A small pool of mobile devices is available for loan to test and develop projects. Current inventory consists of iPod Touches and iPads. REDCap is mobile-device compatible to display surveys and/or electronic case report forms on iPods and iPads. CTSI programmers have limited availability to provide programming support for small projects.

There is no fee to borrow a device, however, a usage agreement must be signed at check-out. Programming support is available at a rate of $60/hour for investigator-initiated projects and $90/hour for industry-initiated projects.

Contact Information
Lindsay Trost: | 336-713-8126

Please complete the CTSI Service Request Form to request a mobile device.