CPFT and University of Cambridge develop open-source software to create anonymous secure medical research databases.

CPFT and University of Cambridge develop open-source software to create anonymous secure medical research databases.

CPFT and University of Cambridge develop open-source software to create anonymous secure medical research databases.
01 May 2017

Dr Rudolf Cardinal,a psychiatrist in .CPFT’s Liaison Psychiatry Service and a researcher in the University of Cambridge, has published open-source de-identification software named CRATE (Clinical Records Anonymisation and Text Extraction). It can take clinical records, remove identifying information to create a research database, automatically collate information such as questionnaire scores or blood tests from notes typed in by clinicians, and operate CPFT’s pioneering consent system through which patients can choose to be contacted about research (see www.cpft.nhs.uk/research.htm → The CPFT Research Database). Researchers hope that it will support more research and more opportunities for patients to join research studies if they wish. For more information click here

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