Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Translating Science into Solutions for Better Health

Clinical Data Services

SC CTSI provides services enabling access to and analysis of data from the electronic medical records of Keck Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Health Services, and data from partners in federated research networks. These include over 20 Million patients in the Patient-Centered National Network For Effectiveness Research (pSCANNER) and the Los Angeles Data Resource (LADR).


  • Access to Medical Records for Screening and Recruiting: In order to recruit patients to participant in planned clinical studies, study teams will require patient contact information or access to charts via Medical Record Information for screening. Health system staff will provide investigators access to data in accordance with local polies regarding access to data for research purposes and under approval of the health systems’ privacy boards. IRB information is cross-referenced to ensure the appropriate approvals have been granted. Request Access.
  • Honest Broker Services: Honest Broker services enable de-identification of clinical data from CHLA and Keck Medicine of USC in order to ensure patient privacy while retaining the ability to re-identify patients for future work.
  • Data Fulfillment Services: USC and CHLA investigators with documented IRB approval can receive raw extracts of de-identified, aggregate, and identified patient data sets. For accelerated service, request forms can be prepared and submitted to the IRB via the i2b2 application. Send a message to with “CRI Data Fulfillment” in the Subject line.
  • Data Development Services: Investigators seeking assistance with data preparation and cleaning can receive help from clinical data experts that coordinate with our Biostatistics team. Send a message to with “CRI Data Development” in the Subject line.

Additionally, in collaboration with the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC and the mHealth Collaboratory, SC CTSI provides consultation services for investigators with an interest in linking geospatial and mHealth data.