Analytics Platform

Data Direct FAQ

What is the DataDirect url?

What is the difference between “cohort mode” and  “deidentified mode”?

  • Cohort mode is used to define a cohort (group of patients/subjects of interest) based on inclusion criteriaby filtering against defined data fields and provides aggregate counts only for patients who meet that criteria allowing the researcher to understand how many patients meet the criteria to be included in their research group.
  • Deidentified mode allows users to access deidentified patient health data for a defined cohort. These cohorts can initially be assembled using cohort mode.

What are the prerequisites for accessing cohort mode?

  • Level-1 password
  • Completion of HIPAA Training
  • Enrollment in DUO Authentication
  • U-M faculty position, or U-M staff/student with a faculty sponsor. Faculty are responsible for uploading unique names for their staff/students within the tool itself.

What are the prerequisites for accessing deidentified mode?

Can I access DataDirect off-site?

Yes, DUO authentication enables DataDirect access both from campus and off-campus; however, the individual will need to log on through a university VPN.

When I enter a diagnosis in the search field, several ICD codes are displayed. How do I know which one/s to select?

Determining which codes meet your inclusion criteria is a clinically informed decision to be made by your research team. Several different codes can be associated with a diagnosis/procedure. Consulting with a clinician who specializes in this area or reviewing the charts of patients known to have the diagnosis/procedure can assist in this determination.

How do I share a query?

In the upper right corner of the screen, there is a dropdown option. Select “Share Your Query” within that menu. Sharing your query with team members can be used to reach a consensus on DataDirect inclusion selections. Your team members must also be authorized to use DataDirect.