Informatics Research Seminar: The National Cardiovascular Research Infrastructure and Cardiology Data Standards Projects

January 26 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Brian McCourt
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar


A well–defined need exists for a re-engineered national infrastructure to support clinical research. The National Cardiovascular Research Infrastructure (NCRI), a joint program of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and American College of Cardiology, is a multi-center research operational model based on a National Cardiovascular Data Registry. NCRI will leverage existing EHR-based data collection along with integrated centralized electronic data capture, clinical trial management and other systems. Sustainable infrastructures such as this rely heavily on formal data standards. This project is leading the collaboration of cardiovascular professional societies, standards development organizations and federal and other stakeholders to produce robust, consensus based data element definitions. These will be accompanied by technical representations vetted via CDISC and HL7 standards development organizations and published via the NCI Enterprise Vocabulary Server/cancer Data Standards Repository. This presentation will review these two integrated initiatives.


Brian McCourt is associate director of Clinical Research Informatics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, providing leadership to informatics projects and the clinical data systems supporting DCRI’s research programs. He has chaired and/or been an active member of the HL7 Cardiology Special Interest Group, HL7 Clinical Interoperability Council, NIH Roadmap Interoperability Working Group, the Society for Clinical Data Management and other related groups or initiatives. Brian’s specific interests are related to integration of data for clinical research projects with complex operational requirements, such as core labs, electronic health records and enterprise business systems.