SPIN query tools for de-identified research on a humongous database

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;2005:515-9.


The Shared Pathology Informatics Network (SPIN), a research initiative of the National Cancer Institute, will allow for the retrieval of more than 4 million pathology reports and specimens. In this paper, we describe the special query tool as developed for the Indianapolis/Regenstrief SPIN node, integrated into the ever-expanding Indiana Network for Patient care (INPC). This query tool allows for the retrieval of de-identified data sets using complex logic, auto-coded final diagnoses, and intrinsically supports multiple types of statistical analyses. The new SPIN/INPC database represents a new generation of the Regenstrief Medical Record system - a centralized, but federated system of repositories.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality*
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Databases as Topic*
  • Hospital Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Pathology*
  • User-Computer Interface