Goal 5: Advance the Use of Cutting-Edge Informatics

Dianna Milewicz, M.D.The CTSA Program is designed to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved patient care. Read the latest in CTSA Program informatics news.

September 2018

NCATS-Supported Research Shows Promise for Stretchable, Wearable Electronics
Researchers at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, a CTSA Program hub at the University of California, San Diego, overcame technological hurdles and found a way to make stretchable electronics in 3-D. This advance could open up new diagnosis and treatment possibilities, such as measuring heart signals, tracking eye movements or controlling a robotic limb.

March 2018

New CTSA Program Informatics Center to Create a Nationwide Data Ecosystem
NCATS established the National Center for Data to Health to develop standardized approaches and best practices that address operational and institutional barriers to sharing data.

July 2017

NCATS Supports Novel Methods to Improve Institutional Review Board Efficiencies
NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program support helped a University of Wisconsin–Madison Ph.D. student discover new ways of identifying factors affecting institutional review board review times.

February 2017

Improving Patient-Reported Outcome Data for Research through Seamless Integration of the PROMIS Toolkit and Computer-Adaptive Testing Modules into EHR Workflow
A team of CTSA Program researchers are developing and evaluating a suite of software tools that will allow all CTSA Program sites to integrate Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) tools directly into their electronic health records (EHRs).

December 2016

NCATS-Supported Researchers Recruit Citizen Scientists to Help Mine Biomedical Literature
A team of bioinformatics scientists from the Scripps Translational Science Institute invented a web-based technology platform to arrange biomedical literature into a format that is easier for computers to organize and analyze.

December 2015

CTSA Program Domain Task Forces: Spotlight on Informatics
The CTSA Program Informatics Domain Task Force convenes experts from all CTSA Program hubs, the Food and Drug Administration and broader research communities to focus on creating a sustainable data ecosystem to speed discoveries through the innovative use of informatics in precision medicine, education, patient recruitment, community engagement and dissemination of health information.

March 2015

Improving Patient Recruitment: The Accrual to Clinical Trials Initiative
During the annual CTSA Program principal investigators meeting in February 2015, the University of Pittsburgh’s Steven , M.D., provided an update on the Accrual to Clinical Trials initiative. The NCATS-supported effort, which was launched in September 2014 to overcome clinical trial roadblocks, aims to create a network of sites that share electronic health record data to further multisite study feasibility and recruitment efforts.

February 2015

CTSA Program Consortium Tackling Clinical Trial Recruitment Roadblocks
The CTSA Program’s Accrual to Clinical Trials initiative was launched to develop a nationwide network of sites that share electronic health record data to further multisite study feasibility and recruitment efforts.