REDCap, a software application created and developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has found widespread use in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re finding many instances — locally, regionally, nationally, and several international examples — where various groups are using REDCap to support COVID-19 surveillance,” said REDCap’s creator, Paul Harris, PhD, MS, professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Biomedical Engineering.
Here are a few examples of how REDCap is being used in response to COVID-19:
• VUMC Occupational Health is using REDCap surveys, delivered via email, to monitor any employees thought to have been exposed to COVID-19. The initial survey gathers general information about the employee’s exposure and inquires if they are symptomatic, and twice-daily follow-up surveys screen for symptoms.
• Seattle’s public health authority is using REDCap surveys to support COVID-19 testing and aggregate reporting, and the Department of Health in the state of Washington is using REDCap to support community-based testing sites.
• The University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences is using REDCap for community surveillance, first responder tracking, and monitoring of COVID-19 in pregnant women.
• South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases is using REDCap for COVID-19 contact tracing.
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