REDCap – Capturing Data for Mount Sinai Researchers

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) is web-based software for designing and conducting clinical trials, online surveys, and translational research. It was developed (2004) and is being maintained by the informatics core of the Vanderbilt University with the ongoing support of NCRR and NIH grants. Currently REDCap is used by 1,340 institutions in 88 countries.

REDCap is no-fee software for the institutional partners, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has been a part of the REDCap consortium since 2011. It has rapidly become a preferred tool of data collection for researchers. Currently ISMMS REDCap has over 700 users, 200 projects, and 65,000 collected records. REDCap has many appealing features: easy to use (no programming skills are required), user friendly and secure web interface, easy to copy, share, and collaborate on projects, daily data backups, HIPAA compliant, and free for the researchers. It also has API capabilities and provides users with codes to seamlessly import their data to a variety of statistical software packages, such as R, SAS, or SPSS.

Two popular modules in REDCap are surveys and longitudinal data collections. REDCap surveys can be accessed through public survey link or personalized survey invitations sent via email. Invitations can be sent automatically. It possible to conduct anonymous pre and post surveys with all the responses still being linked.

The REDCap longitudinal module is extremely useful for data collection that is repeated over time. An investigator just creates one form and specifies when it has to be repeated. The scheduling module will help create follow up times that are auto-generated from the defined follow up events. The scheduling tool will automatically pre-populate the study’s project calendar.

Some additional REDCap capabilities:

  • randomization for multiple arm prospective trials
  • file repository
  • detailed log of everything that was done in a project
  • simple reports and queries
  • import of bulks of data
  • record locking
  • double data entry
  • user specific access rights
  • compatibility with most internet browsers
  • mobile and tablet friendly
  • training videos describing most of the REDCap tools
  • Vanderbilt’s Coursera course on data management using REDCap:

New users can learn more about REDCap by attending quarterly Information Sessions held by the Center for Biostatistics at ISMMS. For now sessions are offered quarterly. Time and location of the sessions is announced in weekly Broadcast email. RSVP is required. Upcoming session is scheduled for March 13, 2015.

You can visit the ISMMS REDCap access page at You will be asked for a username and password that can be assigned to you by the REDCap team.

If you would like to set up a REDCap account or have any questions, you can contact

Maria Suprun
Vincent Dobrev