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Informatics & Algorithms

Informatics

As neuroimaging research continues to grow, dynamic neuroinformatics systems are necessary to store, retrieve, mine and share the mass amounts of data. COINS has been created to facilitate communication and cultivate a data community by improving the ability to share data as well as research tools. This tool suite enables rapid sharing of data among PIs, querying of data types and assessments, and real-time reporting, among other functionalities. The system currently hosts data from nine institutions, over 300 studies, over 14,000 subjects, and over 19,000 MRI, MEG, and EEG scan sessions in addition to more than 180,000 clinical assessments. COINS clients include the Mind Research Network, the Nathan Kline Institute, University of Colorado Boulder and the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center. All of the COINS tools and packages are described below. Contact the COINS team directly at 505.504.1107 or email

Algorithms

MINDSET offers custom analysis in the form of algorithms designed to address your specific imaging research question. MINDSET designs algorithms for everything from spectroscopy, to functional magnetic resonance imaging, to structural magnetic resonance imaging analysis, VBM, cortical thickness, or gray matter density and volume. Price quotes avaiable upon request. Please contact us directly at 505.249.7058 or email us


COINS Tools

  • MICIS (Medical Imaging Computer Information System)
  • DICOM Receiver
  • Assessment Manager
  • Self Assessment Tablet
  • Query Builder
  • Portals
  • CAS (Central Authentication System)
  • My Security

 

COINS Gold Package
(includes all of the COINS tools)

DICOM receiver (with raw imaging data storage for an extra fee) – collects, archives, and imports imaging data, requiring no user intervention. Ensures subjects are enrolled in the study, moves invalid scans to lost-and-found, automates image archiving to file system, storage of meta-data to COINS from scanner. MICIS – study, subject and imaging meta data management tools. Assessment Manager – provides user-definable instruments, user-definable sharing protocols between studies, reusable instruments across studies, real time conflict resolution, question types include: multiple choice, select all that apply, visual analog scale, text, auto-calculate, auto-populate. Assessment Manager offers several options for data collection/entry: dual data entry (for paper assessments), the Participant Portal (online self entry for participants), and Tablet entry (for research staff). Study Portals – a central collaboratory for monitoring enrollment progress, quality assurance, document exchange, etc. Progress reports within the study-specific portals provide a complete workflow overview of a study to identify missing data at one glance. Internal and external collaborators can use the portals to access all data sources associated with their studies. Query Builder – ad-hoc querying of single and cross-site studies for assessments, scans and demographics. It also offers the ability to search assessment data and scan data in the same query.

COINS Silver Package
(includes all COINS tools except the DICOM receiver, still includes imaging meta data tools)

MICIS – study, subject and imaging meta data management tools. Assessment Manager – provides user-definable instruments, user-definable sharing protocols between studies, reusable instruments across studies, real time conflict resolution, question types include: multiple choice, select all that apply, visual analog scale, text, auto-calculate, auto-populate. Assessment Manager offers several options for data collection/entry: dual data entry (for paper assessments), the Participant Portal (online self entry for participants), and Tablet entry (for research staff). Study Portals – a central collaboratory for monitoring enrollment progress, quality assurance, document exchange, etc. Progress reports within the study-specific portals provide a complete workflow overview of a study to identify missing data at one glance. Internal and external collaborators can use the portals to access all data sources associated with their studies. Query Builder – ad-hoc querying of single and cross-site studies for assessments, scans and demographics. It also offers the ability to search assessment data and scan data in the same query.

COINS Bronze Package
(the non-imaging study management package, does not include any imaging tools)

MICIS – study and subject management tools. Assessment Manager – provides user-definable instruments, user-definable sharing protocols between studies, reusable instruments across studies, real time conflict resolution, question types include: multiple choice, select all that apply, visual analog scale, text, auto-calculate, auto-populate. Assessment Manager offers several options for data collection/entry: dual data entry (for paper assessments), the Participant Portal (online self entry for participants), and Tablet entry (for research staff). Study Portals – a central collaboratory for monitoring enrollment progress, quality assurance, document exchange, etc. Progress reports within the study-specific portals provide a complete workflow overview of a study to identify missing data at one glance. Internal and external collaborators can use the portals to access all data sources associated with their studies. Query Builder – ad-hoc querying of single and cross-site studies for assessments and demographics.

How do I use COINS for my study? 
Please fill out the contact form [external link] to begin the process. This form collects basic information about your institution that helps the COINS team to determine the needs of your site. You will then receive an email outlining the steps that need to be taken so that you can get started with COINS.

What is MICIS? MICIS (Medical Imaging Computer Information System) is a centralized PostgreSQL-based web application that implements best practices for participant enrollment and management, MRI imaging data import, scan annotation and behavioral data management, radiology review event reports, and scan time billing.

What is Assessment Manager? 
Clinical data gathered from interviews, questionnaires, and neuropsychological tests are entered into the database through the web application called Assessment Manager (ASMT). ASMT’s intuitive design allows users to start data collection with little or no training. Clinical data collection via web forms use a double-entry, conflict-resolution process, reducing data collection errors.

What is the Participant Portal? Through this portal participants can fill out study assessments on the web from home or in a testing room. The need for data entry is eliminated by use of this portal, saving a lot of time and paper. All data entered through the portal is sent to a review queue in Assessment Manager for study staff to review and complete.

What is Query Builder? All the types of data stored in MICIS and ASMT are easy to retrieve and export for use in other analyses. The Query Builder is the most versatile data export tool currently offered in the COINS tool suite. This tool supports secure, ad-hoc querying of single and cross-site studies for assessments, scans and demographics. It also offers the ability to search assessment data and scan data in the same query.

What is CAS? Protection is very important to investigators conducting human subject research. As such, this database has been developed following guidelines set by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to facilitate a safer and more protected environment in which to collect and store sensitive data. Principle Investigators and Program Managers can manage study permissions through a tool called My Security. This gives them the authority to allow or restrict access to their study data. Site Administrators have the ability to create accounts and manage application (MICIS, ASMT and Study Portals) permissions.

What is Portal? The COINS study portals serve as a central collaboratory for monitoring enrollment progress, quality assurance, document exchange, etc. Progress reports within the study-specific portals provide a complete workflow overview of a study to identify missing data at one glance. Internal and external collaborators can use the portals to access all data sources associated with their studies.

What is Data Exchange? COINS team is trying to foster a data community by increasing data sharing capabilities among Principle Investigators. Improving the ability to share data and study tools reduces duplicate efforts and gives way to more efficient research. The Data Exchange is a tool that allows investigators to request and share data with other investigators.

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Contact the COINS team directly at 505.504.1107 or email