The DEDUCE Users Group, launched in early 2013 to promote awareness of the tool and serve as a path for communication between users and developers, has enjoyed several presentations of interest to the health informatics community. The speakers have included:
- Stephanie Brinson demonstrated the DEDUCE Cohort Manager, which enables DEDUCE users to define specific research criteria, screen multitudes of data records, and create a research cohort. She described the module’s different features and functionality and detailed the steps involved with cohort creation and data export.
- Julie Eckstrand, RPh delivered an overview of the different use cases for which DEDUCE can be used, referencing her work in the Duke Clinical Research Unit to illustrate the examples. The use cases she described included business development, refinement of inclusion/exclusion criteria, registry work, and recruitment of study volunteers.
- Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD presented on i2b2, a similar WHAT WHAT system to DEDUCE. Jessie provided an overview of the MURDOCK Integrated Data Repository (MIDR), which gave attendees a framework for understanding the context in which i2b2 is used for MIDR. She then detailed some simple queries in i2b2, the tool’s pros and cons, and how it compares and contrasts with DEDUCE.
The DEDUCE Users Group meets monthly. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, email Rene’ Hart.