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Research Data Request

Need Data for Research?

Researchers have several options to query clinical data for research purposes to assist in recruitment, chart review, or complex feasibility analysis (data preparatory for research). There are two methods to access MUSC’s electronic medical data for research: 1) Self-Service, 2) Honest Broker Services.

Method 1 Self Service Tools - For De-Identified Patient Counts

Epic SlicerDicer:

Epic users may complete required MyQuest training to access SlicerDicer for research. This tool allows de-identified query access to all patients available in Epic (Ambulatory 5/2012, Emergency 11/2012, Inpatient 7/2014).

i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside):

MUSC faculty and sponsored staff members may also access our i2b2 Query Tool. All non-faculty users must be sponsored by a MUSC faculty member; please send a completed i2b2 Sponsorship Form (PDF) to Access is generally granted within 1 to 2 business days.


 Research Query Tool:

MUSC faculty and sponsored staff members may also access de-identified medical data via our Research Query Tool. All non-faculty users must be sponsored by a MUSC faculty member; please send a completed Sponsorship Form (PDF) to access granted within 1 to 2 business days.

Upon login, all users must sign the Data Use Assurance (DUA) to comply with HIPAA guidelines. A Research Query Tool Tutorial is available for your reference.

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) i2b2:

HSSC’s Clinical Data Warehouse supports cohort identification and analysis through a collection of 3.2 million patients from across the state. Please see their website for more information.

Method 2 Honest Broker Services - For Identified Data Access & More Complex De-identified Queries

In order to get the data request process started, you will need to submit a “Research Data Requests” service request through the SPARC system. Below is a screen shot on how to locate the “Research Data Requests” service in SPARC.

Sparc Data Request

Once you select the service and click “Continue” you will be taken through several steps where you will be prompted to enter information about your study. When you have provided all of the necessary information you will be brought to a final screen where you will click “Submit to Start Services”.

Upon submitting your service request in SPARC, you will be contacted by a Research Data Request Administrator who will provide the link to a Pre-Data Request Consult REDCap survey. With the information you provide in this form, our Research Data Request administrator will be able to triage your request to the appropriate analyst to schedule your Pre-Data Request Consultation.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SCTR SUCCESS center (792-8300, if you

have any questions or would like any assistance with this process.

To request data from the Health Sciences of South Carolina (HSSC) consortium, please visit for instructions on the process.

Need Data for a Quality Improvement Project?

The data access process is different. Determine if your project is quality improvement here.