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Research management system expanded across campus

By Rebekah Wright
South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute

SPARC Request senior applications analyst Lane Glenn and Epic Research Integration analyst Leila Forney presented at the recent Tech Fair.   Photo provided

SPARC Request has been expanded to include all research services and resources across the MUSC enterprise, creating an MUSC “One Stop Shop” research management portal.

The portal facilitates development of research proposals, marketing of MUSC’s robust research support services and catalyzes collaborations with the community and other institutions. SPARC Request provides an electronic solution to locate, price, and request research services and resources. This enhanced support facilitates streamlined and accurate research proposal development, budgeting, implementation and study conduct.

SPARC Request also supports billing compliance and Medicare coverage analysis; sharing of study documents and communications between investigators and service providers; and tracking and invoicing of services provided for research studies.

The latest version of SPARC Request contains many new features developed from feedback provided by our research community. SPARC Request has the capacity to interface with other MUSC systems to realize operational efficiencies.  A SPARC Request and Epic interface is under development that will reduce duplicative data entry, enhance patient safety and support billing compliance.

SPARC Request was developed by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute, in collaboration with the Biomedical Informatics Center, and made possible with partial support from MUSC’s Clinical & Translational Science Award.  From a national perspective, SPARC Request represents a major accomplishment for MUSC, and a Record of Invention has been filed for this research management system.  Multiple CTSA consortium institutions around the country are adopting and will be implementing the system.

To list your research services and resources, and/or to schedule a presentation or demonstration of the SPARC Request system, please contact the SCTR SUCCESS Center at 843-792-8300 or visit 


An interface has been built between SPARC Request and Epic to simplify and streamline the process of setting up research studies in Epic. The new interface will be live on July 1, 2014 and will allow investigators, through Epic, to associate their study participants with a research study in the electronic record and will include investigational medications in the record for the benefit of other clinicians. This functionality increases patient safety, provider communication and billing accuracy for research studies and third party payers.

Before the system goes live, SCTR will assist researchers in setting up their active studies in the SPARC Request and Epic Systems.

For more information contact the SCTR SUCCESS Center at 843-792-8300.

November 7, 2013

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