Institutional Data Use Agreement between Emory, MSM, GA Tech & Children's

Seeking to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research in Atlanta and beyond, the partner institutions of the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute, (ACTSI) recently agreed to permit the exchange of de-identified health information. The Institutional Data Use Agreement was signed by representatives of Emory University (Emory), Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by and on behalf of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).   

“This agreement will allow us to facilitate the conduct of clinical and translational research across Atlanta by promoting collaboration. Thanks to this data use agreement, research investigators at Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech and Children’s will be able to make use of 10 years of de-identified health information data from the Emory Healthcare electronic medical record, following IRB approval. This agreement supports the mission of the ACTSI consortium by accelerating discoveries towards better health,” said Dr. David Stephens, ACTSI Principal Investigator and Vice President for Research, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University.   

The data to be shared will include health information generated by each ACTSI institution as a part of its research or clinical operations that is de-identified or part of a limited data set. The data shared may be used for research purposes only and in the case of “research involving human subjects,” appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval must be obtained prior to release of the data.   

“These agreements serve to make investigators more efficient and allow them to focus their efforts on actual research projects and not overcoming the administrative burdens in getting multiple institutional approvals. It is through research efforts that we see improvements in care and in the lives of the children in our community,” said Kristine Rogers, RN, Director of Clinical Research, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.   

Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech or Children’s researchers who are exchanging data with any of these ACTSI partners should utilize these agreements. Non-Emory investigators interested in accessing de-identified or limited data set should request review and approval by the ACTSI Clinical Research Network (CRN) Scientific Advisory Committee.   

“Access to electronic medical records at Emory Healthcare, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Morehouse School of Medicine will expand inter-institutional collaboration by allowing uniform access to data for clinical effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research. Such research studies will advance scientific discovery by specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes, relevant to the Atlanta community and beyond,” said Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, ACTSI Senior Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Director, Clinical Research Center, Chief of Cardiology and Professor, Department of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine.   

“Georgia Tech has informed our investigators of this exciting opportunity. The ACTSI data use agreement can be found on Georgia Tech’s Office of Research Integrity Assurance website and can be uploaded directly to any IRB protocol. Any Georgia Tech researchers who are exchanging human information data with any ACTSI partner should utilize this agreement,” said Barbara Boyan, PhD, ACTSI Co-Principal Investigator, Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Tissue Engineering, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.  

Data provided pursuant to this agreement shall not be sold, used for marketing purposes, or used in any other manner that shall constitute a commercial use.