Information Systems (IS)

DEB Information Systems (IS) is a diverse group of individuals with the necessary skills to build, deliver, support, and maintain sophisticated data management capabilities critical to our University's research mission. In doing so, we provide the following services.

Research Data Management Systems

With the increasingly data-intense and computationally demanding nature of research, investigators are continually challenged to meet their data service needs without compromising the quality, control, and management of their research information. In order to meet these needs, the IS group offers two primary options.

  1. Informatics Data Exchange and Acquisition System (IDEAS): IDEAS is a sophisticated operational architecture providing a robust and primarily web-based research data and knowledge management framework. It functions as an information broker facilitating data collection, analysis, exchange, and reporting to meet the specific needs of collaborative, translational, and decentralized research operations and is designed to integrate disparate data from multiple sources, collection points, and facilities to provide researchers with a coherent information palette. It provides a single mechanism for investigators to run multiple, simultaneous, and integrated multi-center studies and trials. Using a framework rather than system approach, IDEAS is easily configured to individual applications, accommodating a multitude of research and work domains.
  2. Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap): Developed at Vanderbilt University, REDCap provides a very clean and functional data capture environment suitable to a number of project types. We provide two REDCap options:
    1. Client Managed: The REDCap interface provides clients with the ability to create, deploy, and manage web-based data capture projects with virtually no assistance from the IS staff. This provides clients, both research and administrative, a secure web-enabled mechanism for meeting their basic data capture needs.
    2. IDEAS Staff Managed: While REDCap provides an exceptionally user-friendly environment, clients may not have the staff available to deploy and maintain their systems. This option, while it's much less expensive than a fully developed IDEAS application, provides the client with decades of our data management development experience to deploy a system that accurately meets their analysis needs.

Project Management

With two Project Management Professional (PMP) certified project managers on staff, we offer project management consulting services to organizations down to individual investigator or staff projects.

Contact Information

Bill Sanns, Director

Cynthia Ortiz, Programming Resource Manager

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics — Mail Code 7933
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX  78229-3900


Phone: (210) 567-0836
Fax: (210) 567-0921

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