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The Department of Medical Social Sciences Informatics group is a multidisciplinary team with expertise in creating research software applications. We collaborate with research scientists and clinicians to develop dynamic applications allowing teams to develop research instruments, administer studies, manage data and disseminate research tools.

For each project, we assess research and clinical requirements, timelines and study populations to deliver effective, easy-to-use software for scientists and research participants. Our software applications are used in mobile data collection, are integrated in other systems via our API and  can also be used to collect data via IVR (integrative voice recognition).

Our team has extensive experience with:

  • Health-related quality of life, item banking, patient-reported outcomes and computer adaptive testing
  • Performance measures
  • Mobile computing
  • Development of data collection platforms to collect and store large amounts of data
  • Delivery of high-quality study data, following established standard operating procedures for data management and data quality assurance

Data Security

Our approach to security includes a collection of policies, procedures and practices designed to maximize three characteristics for critical resources: confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Our infrastructure for confidential data management includes sophisticated firewall technologies, dedicated database servers and related technological capabilities. We observe high standards of data security practices for all projects and clients.

Data Collection Tools

Visit HealthMeasures website for information on the data collection technology we enable through our Informatics core services.

Informatics at Northwestern

Northwestern University is a national leader in informatics research, education and application. Learn more about informatics education and research at Northwestern.

Contact Us


Maria Varela Diaz312-503-3032

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