How REDCap is being used in response to COVID-19

REDCap has found widespread use in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The REDCap Team is finding many instances — locally, regionally, nationally and several international examples — where various groups are using REDCap to support COVID-19 surveillance. We are trying to promote awareness and sharing so that teams in the public health community can learn from one another and standardize approaches when trying to solve the same general problem.

REDCAP AND COVID-19 IN PUBLICATIONS: View a list of scholarly publications showing REDCap being used in response to COVID-19 on Google Scholar.

REDCAP AND COVID-19 IN THE NEWS: Examples REDCap being used in response to COVID-19 around the world.

  • View the list of thousands of news articles referencing the usage of REDCap for COVID-19 by news agencies.
  • The REDCap Team at Vanderbilt is beginning to work with many different groups on COVID-related research projects.
  • The CDC, several institutes of the NIH, and more than a dozen state health departments in the U.S. are using REDCap for COVID-19 symptom tracking and monitoring.
  • Seattle’s public health authority is using REDCap surveys to support COVID-19 testing and aggregate reporting, and the Department of Health in the state of Washington is using REDCap to support community-based testing sites.
  • The University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences is using REDCap for community surveillance, first responder tracking, and monitoring of COVID-19 in pregnant women.
  • The REDCap Mobile App is being used for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Tacoma, Washington, by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for symptomatic critical service workers.
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Occupational Health group is using REDCap surveys, delivered via email, to monitor any employees thought to have been exposed to COVID-19. The initial survey gathers general information about the employee’s exposure and inquires if they are symptomatic, and twice-daily follow-up surveys screen for symptoms.
  • The Ohio Department of Health and local health departments in Ohio are using REDCap to monitor people exposed to COVID-19.
  • South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases is using REDCap for COVID-19 contact tracing.
  • The American Association for Cancer Research is using REDCp surveys to organize information on cancer patients infected with COVID-19 as rapidly as possible.
  • The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Transplant Network (PIDTRAN) through its Coordinating Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children’s and Chicago Children’s Hospital have created a survey to capture epidemiologic and clinical information about ALL cases of pediatric COVID-19 infections in the United States.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) is using REDCap version of ISARIC’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) CRF to manage COVID-19 data obtained through examination, interview and review of hospital notes.
  • The University of Maryland is using a survey tool for employees to report COVID-19 exposures or illness, which triggers symptom monitoring and contact tracing prompts and sends instructions about quarantine, isolation or return to work. They are expanding this to support daily symptom monitoring for employees returning to campus.
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia has several novel applications, including 1) Using REDCap to monitor patients with pulse oximetry at home through an automated SMS system using Twilio integration, 2) Using REDCap and Twillio to register patients in COVID clinic drive-thrus, capturing the Mobile phone number to feedback pathology results to, and 3) Using REDCap to log movements into and out of shared spaces within the workplace using QR codes.