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Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE)

Note: As of June 2011, SHRINE Open Source software is now available to the public.
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The Shared Health Research Information Network (SHRINE) helps researchers overcome one of the greatest problems in population-based research: Compiling large groups of well-characterized patients. Qualified investigators may use the SHRINE web-based query tool to determine the aggregate total number of patients at participating hospitals who meet a given set of inclusion and exclusion criteria (currently demographics, diagnoses, medications, and selected laboratory values). Because counts are aggregate, patient privacy is protected.

These data will be most useful for investigators interested in:

  • Generating new research hypotheses
  • Planning research requiring large sample sizes not easily available at any single institution
  • Preparing grant applications that would benefit from pre-identification and/or characterization of a potential research cohort
  • Identifying potential cohorts for clinical trials
  • Conducting research in the areas of population health and health services

Participating Institutions

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts General Hospital


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