Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research

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The Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research, a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, aims to accelerate research by enabling secure access to patient data through investigator-friendly, self-serve tools, and custom data extracts.


computer iconsSelf-Serve Tools DataDirect & EMERSE

For your next study, use DataDirect or EMERSE, which are available free of charge for faculty researchers and their study team members to access both discrete variables and free-text string data from the electronic medical record (EMR).



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Custom Data Request

If your data needs are too complex for our self-serve tools, our experienced programmers can pull a custom data set for you – to be delivered once, or on a scheduled, ongoing basis.



icon of person trainingConsultations & Training

Do you need help for a custom data pull or need guidance on security guidelines for your data? Schedule a 1:1 consultation to look at all your clinical data needs, where a data specialist offers a deeper dive into the patient health data resources available.



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Data & Biospecimen Sharing

Learn more about privacy sharing policies and related resources. Do you need samples for your research? The Central Biorepository can help.



How DataDirect is Helping Predict Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes

Dr. Salim Hayek discusses using DataDirect in a zoom event A Conversation with Salim Hayek, M.D.

CLICK HERE to watch the Zoom video of the conversation Data Office Director Erin Kaleba had with Salim Hayek, M.D., a DataDirect "super user" who is working at the intersection of cardiovascular disease, biomarkers, technology, and risk prediction.


In the News

Michigan Medicine Deaf Patients
Apple Watch Study
Bias in Medical Databanks


DataDirect Lab Results
Patient Health Records
900+ DataDirect Users


  • Precision Health Analytics Platform Documentation Site – User guides, data dictionaries, and other tools and resources to get U-M researchers started with using the Precision Health Analytics Platform to facilitate their research.
  • DataDirect User Guide – Available via PDF download, the DataDirect User Guide includes step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and resources for completing frequently-used tasks. Please note that as DataDirect evolves, concepts presented in the User Guide will remain accurate, but the screenshots may vary slightly within the DataDirect tool.



Contact us or call (734) 615-2100 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 400, 1600 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of Data Office contacts is available in the Personnel Directory