OpenSpecimen – REDCap Integration

OpenSpecimen can be integrated with REDCap (or other EDCs like OpenClinica) to eliminate manual data entry and query data across the two systems. The plugin is currently used by many customers including Washington University, Columbia University, Telethon Kids (Perth), and University of British Columbia (Vancouver). 

The plugin performs the one-way data synchronization from REDCap to OpenSpecimen. The data pulled includes all the instrument information (i.e. CRFs) into OpenSpecimen Forms. This data can be used to populate participants, visits, and any other clinical data.


  1. Productivity: When a subject (and visit) is created in REDCap, the subject is automatically created in OpenSpecimen. 
  2. Data Accuracy: Automated data synchronization will avoid human data entry errors. 
  3. Integrated Reporting: Researchers can find specimens using integrated queries across datasets from OpenSpecimen and REDCap. 
  4. Specimen Catalog: Data fetched from REDCap can be shared with researchers using the SpecimenCatalog module.

Customer Use Cases

Telethon Kids Institute

Telethon Kids Institute conducts studies for pregnant women, their partners, and children as part of the ORIGIN study. The ORIGINS Project is the largest study of its kind in Australia, following 10,000 families over the next decade to improve child and adult health.

The participants are registered in REDCap and their details like contact information of the participant, consents, survey questionnaire are collected in a longitudinal study. The longitudinal visits include 20 weeks, 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 40 weeks or childbirth, 2-month visit, etc.

Participants and visits are automatically synced to OpenSpecimen on a nightly basis as they are created in REDCap. The events from REDCap can be mapped to CP events in OpenSpecimen. The sample collection for such visits is then done in OpenSpecimen.

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center is using OpenSpecimen and REDCap for a COVID-19 study. Participants are synced to OpenSpecimen as they are created in REDCap along with demographics and consent details. The lab staff then collects biospecimen information directly in OpenSpecimen.

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About REDCap

REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data (including 21 CFR Part 11, FISMA, and HIPAA-compliant environments), it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations. The REDCap Consortium, a vast support network of collaborators, is composed of thousands of active institutional partners in over one hundred countries who utilize and support REDCap in various ways.