STARR Tools can be used in many ways to support prospective research, including but not limited to:
Preparatory to Research Activities
The Cohort Discovery can prove to be an invaluable resource when writing grant proposals. By comparing patient counts over time you can rapidly build up a rich understanding of the types of clinical data available at Stanford on the patients of interest to your proposed investigation.
The Cohort Discovery Tool in conjunction with the Chart Review Tool is purpose-built to find out how many Stanford patients match a particular clinical phenotype, and learn more about the patients of interest. De-identified chart review is available to make it easier for researchers to adhere to the principle of HIPAA Minimum Necessary. And fully identified chart review is also available to researchers with permission to work with PHI granted by the IRB and Privacy Office.
Ongoing Chart Review
The Chart Review tool can be configured to re-run the patient selection algorithm periodically, which is handy if you are reviewing patient charts as part of an ongoing study, either for eligibility assessment or research variable abstraction.