The development team supporting our UCSF Information Commons Environment has been busy building and improving data assets, analysis tools, compute environments, and, of course, providing support and data science connections to our research community. Some of the new releases include:
Access to Machine-Redacted Clinical Notes
- A new version of the Machine-Redacted Clinical Notes dataset is now available to UCSF researchers via a streamlined access process. This set includes associated structured data – UMLS standard clinical concepts extracted from the notes’ text.
- IRB approval is still required to access; however, the certification of this data asset is well underway, which will enable simplified access without IRB approval. We believe we are amongst the only Academic Medical Centers to do so.
- Machine-redacted notes can be explored via a user-friendly tool, EMERSE, created at the University of Michigan and implemented for UCSF by the CTSI Research Technology team.
We have just launched the new version of PatientExploreR – a powerful, user-friendly, research-oriented data exploration tool. PatientExploreR provides an ability to search UCSF de-identified clinical data and explore characteristics of groups of patients with an easy-to-use cohort selection interface. The patient cohorts generated by the PatientExploreR search can be visualized and filtered using the tool’s interactive plotting features. Users can view and download data for individual patients, or export detailed data for a cohort to further analyze with other tools.
Our team received valuable feedback from researchers and is working on some powerful enhancements to the tool. Stay tuned for the next release, which will improve patient search and cohort selection, and make it even easier to use.