The CRDW contains data from the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) from 2006 to the present. We draw from a broad range of internal and external data sources, including Epic electronic medical records (EMR), the Centricity billing system, the Cancer Registry, the National Death Registry, LabVantage, and REDCap.
CRDW data elements include patient demographics, lab values, procedure and diagnosis codes, medications, and visit information. Our self-service cohort discovery tools are an easy way to explore the data in the CRDW and see what’s available.
How We’re Growing
The CRDW is continually enriched with new and deeper data sources to drive world-class research at the University of Chicago. A major factor in this growth has been UCM’s partnerships with healthcare institutions throughout the Chicago area. UCM completed its merger with Ingalls Memorial Hospital, located in Harvey, IL, in 2016. In addition, partnerships with other local healthcare providers have been established, including Silver Cross Hospital, Edward-Elmhurst Health, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. Through these agreements, certain clinical data for patients are aggregated within the UCM EMR system and become available for the CRDW. The numbers tell the story: in 2016, the total patients in the CRDW stood at 900,000; today researchers have access to 2.1 million patients. The CRDW is also growing its diversity of national and international patients. As a highly ranked teaching hospital, UCM is a regional and national destination for patients with some of the most difficult-to-treat diseases. Finally, our team works continually to obtain access to new domains and registries and to integrate new subject areas from existing data sources; these additions are often based on the interests and needs of our researchers. Thanks to all these efforts, the pool of patients and data points in the CRDW is consistently growing in both depth and breadth.