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Vol. LXI, No. 18
September 4, 2009

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Biomedical Translational Information System Launched

On hand at the BTRIS launch were (from l) Elaine Ayres, Dr. Jack Jones, Dr. James Cimino and Dr. Michael Gottesman..
On hand at the BTRIS launch were (from l) Elaine Ayres, Dr. Jack Jones, Dr. James Cimino and Dr. Michael Gottesman.

The Biomedical Translational Information System (BTRIS) was launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Clinical Research Center on July 30. Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research, cut the ribbon and spoke on the role BTRIS will play in redefining the way researchers will use and access data at NIH while protecting the privacy of human subjects. Dr. Jack Jones, NIH chief information officer, addressed the crowd, composed of staff who helped develop and implement the information system and future BTRIS users, calling the new approach to the mining of medical data “groundbreaking.”

Dr. James Cimino, chief of Laboratory Informatics, outlined the top five uses of BTRIS: create an IRB inclusion enrollment report in seconds; search across one or multiple protocols for demographic data; tell an investigator all the patients on his or her protocol who received a particular drug; find all of an investigator’s patients with a lab value over a certain amount; create subsets of protocol subjects for retrieving detailed data sets.

BTRIS is an evolving system that is now available to all principal investigators with active protocols at NIH. BTRIS provides current and historical demographic, vital sign, laboratory and medication data for subjects in all active protocols. Over the next few months, clinical documentation, alerts and allergies, radiology results, anatomic pathology, blood bank, echo, EKG, pain and palliative care, pharmacy and pulmonary function test data will become available.

More detailed information about BTRIS is available at Anyone with an NIH user name and password can access the training material. A support center is available to users Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 4th floor of the CRC, near the Medical Board Room, Rm. 10-4/2480. Users are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling (301) 827-8270. Walk-ins are also welcome.

On Sept. 15, access to de-identified data will begin for researchers within the NIH intramural program. Cimino will launch this phase with a town hall presentation in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, at 2 p.m. He will provide a live demonstration of BTRIS’s advanced capability to search, filter and aggregate de-identified data sets to support ongoing studies and stimulate ideas for new research. All NIH researchers are encouraged to attend. NIHRecord Icon

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