New Process for Undergraduate Access to MiChart Data

April 27, 2021

A new approval process has been put into place for the controlled access to MiChart, the electronic health record system used by Michigan Medicine, by undergraduate students. Faculty mentors and their students should CLICK HERE for detailed requirements and instructions about the new process.

Last year, Michigan Medicine temporarily “paused” direct access to patient data in MiChart for undergraduate students to evaluate the IT security and privacy risks related to a remote-work environment caused by the pandemic. A committee of stakeholders, including the Medical School Office of Research, Compliance, MiChart Research, and the Data Office, has worked to craft a new process that will ensure that patient records are used safely and with the least possibility of risk, while at the same time allowing undergraduate students, in programs like UROP, to gain a valuable research experience.

“Collaborating on research projects is an important part of the educational experience for many of our undergraduates,” notes Steven Kunkel, Ph.D. and Michigan Medicine Chief Scientific Officer. “It’s important that we offer our students access to resources like MiChart in a manner that is compliant and protects patient confidentiality, while at the same time allowing them to delve into data that helps gain new scientific insights.”

All researchers must keep in mind that access to MiChart is a privilege, and should only be requested if other forms of clinical data access have been considered and found inadequate to achieve the goals of their research.

Questions? Contact the Data Office at dataoffice@umich.edu.