Clinical Data Research Consultants (CDRC)

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UCSF offers comprehensive data extraction services for our researchers, specializing in extracting invaluable information from electronic medical records at UCSF, Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) health clinics and hospital.


Our dedicated team of experts ensures the secure and compliant retrieval of clinical data, enabling researchers to access critical patient information for their studies. With a focus on accuracy and efficiency, our data extraction services at UCSF empower researchers to unlock the full potential of medical data, facilitating groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in healthcare.

Uses of Clinical Data Extractions

Clinical data extractions play a pivotal role in advancing medical research and improving patient care. Typical uses of clinical data extractions for research include:

  1. Epidemiological Studies
  2. Clinical Trials
  3. Participant Recruitment
  4. Outcome Assessment
  5. Drug Safety and Surveillance
  6. Predictive Analytics
  7. Genomic Resarch
  8. Health Policy Analysis
  9. Patient-Centered Research
  10. Disease Surveillance

These uses of clinical data extractions not only advance medical knowledge but also contribute to the development of more effective treatments and healthcare strategies, ultimately benefiting patients and society as a whole.


"Our research would literally be impossible without this type of data extraction. It has completely transformed the scope of our research."

Michael Kattah, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of GI, UCSF

Understanding Data Types in Clinical Data Extraction

Clinical data extraction can involve various data types, each with its own set of compliance documentation requirements. These data types include:

  • De-Identified Data: All personally identifiable information and protected health information are removed or masked, making it nearly impossible to trace data back to an individual. Examples include aggregate statistics, age, gender, and broad geographic information.
  • Limited Data: All personally identifiable information and protected health information are removed or masked except dates and zip codes
  • Identified Data: Data that contains one of the 18 protected health identifiers.

An active and approved IRB (Institutional Review Board) protocol related to the data requested is required for all identified or limited data extractions. The extracted data sets are delivered to you through your RAE (formerly MyResearch) account. This service offering includes both one-time and recurring data pulls.

To access data extraction results from RAE, please view these instructions.

Learn more about our services and request a consultation

Please complete the CTSI Consulting Services Request form.

Pricing and Scholarship Opportunity

$140 per hour

During the initial consultation, we will provide a time estimate for our team to generate the data that you are requesting for your research project.

Some projects may be eligible for a scholarship. Each scholarship covers up to 8 hours of work per researcher, per fiscal year. You will be offered an opportunity to apply for scholarship funds once you have met with one of our consultants and your data specification form is complete. Scholarship funding is not guaranteed.

Processing Time

After our consultation takes place and we have all the required documentation, we will submit your request to ServiceNow for fulfillment. Once submitted, a programmer will take around 30 to 45 days to start your request.

Required Materials

To speed up your data delivery, please have the following items ready when requesting a consultation.

  • IRB Number: If your request contains PHI, we will need an IRB number to process the request to make sure everything is UCSF compliant. Ensure to double check your IRB has all the requested information and locations listed.
  • SFDPH | UCSF Protocol Approval Letter: If you are requesting data from SFDPH, we will also need an approval letter from the SFDPH Research Protocol Application or SFDPH Research Proposal Approval.
  • Funding Information: All services require a funding number to submit to ServiceNow for fulfillment. Funding numbers should follow this format:
    • Fund (4-digits)
    • Dept ID (6-digits)
    • Project (7-digits)
    • Function (2-digits)

Additional Help

  • Policy Information: For information on UCSF Policies for Accessing data, please read the UCSF Control of Access Policy
  • Contact us via Email: For additional Clinical Data Research Consultations support questions and information, contact the Academic Research Systems team at [email protected]
  • Frequently Asked Questions: You can read more about our services by visiting our CDRC FAQ page or visiting our Requesting EHR Data Wiki Page