What is REDCap?

REDCap is a secure, HIPAA compliant, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Administered by LSUHSC-New Orleans, School of Public Health Analytic Center, REDCap may be used for research and quality/performance improvement by the entire LSUHSC community, including external affiliates.  Data collection is customized for each project by the research team with guidance from the SPH Analytic Center REDCap System Administrators.

Vanderbilt University, with collaboration from a worldwide consortium of institutional partners, develops this software application. Learn more by watching an overview video and visiting the REDCap Consortium website at:


What can REDCap do?

REDCap provides a stream-lined process for rapidly creating projects.  Features include:

  • Multi-site access for data collection and research
  • Project calendar
  • Scheduling module to set reminders about future events
  • Branching logic
  • Piping to copy response data into other data fields
  • Survey stop actions
  • File uploading
  • Calculated fields to compute age or differences between measurements
  • Daily automated backups to LSUHSC servers



What can’t REDCap do?

REDCap cannot provide a traditional relational database environment.

  • Not intended for use as an Electronic Health Record system
  • Not currently 21 CFR Part 11 compliant

Is REDCap right for my study?

REDCap supports prospective or retrospective, single or multisite studies and multicenter clinical trials very well. It has been used across a broad spectrum of research, from bench studies to community-based research. It works best for research projects that have a limited number of well-defined time points; it is not optimized for use in creating registries.

REDCap System Administrators provide free consultation for investigators with mature projects that are ready to investigate data collection systems. We will help you determine if REDCap is a ‘good fit’ for your project and can explain in detail the support and configuration services that are available. For a no-cost consultation, contact the REDCap Support Services Team by emailing

Create a REDCap Project

Need help getting started?
Email the SPH Analytic Center at to discuss how we can assist you designing your REDCap project.

Ready to try things on your own?

Learn more about REDCap by watching a brief summary video (4 min).

If you would like to view other quick video tutorials of REDCap in action and an overview of its features, please see the Video Resources tab on the REDCap Consortium website.

Visit the Start Here page and Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Want to learn more?

See our Best Practices and How tos.