Research Data Browser


Friday, March 7, 2017

  • Qlikview Production Server REINSTATED

  • A new Server has been configured, verified and implemented for the production environment

  • The cause for the outage was not due to the application, but was found in the hardware where the application is run

  • Validation of Core and Franchise Dashboards are now complete


  • Dashboard Access


    • Please replace & save this NEW LINK:


    • Unaffected:

      • Short URL dashboard names (DCDash, FlashDash, etc)

      • Bookmarks within dashboards

      • Data Catalog links to dashboards


  • Automated reports will continue to be tested for the next few days prior to re-distribution to end users (i.e. DC before noon and VolumesDash reports)

Enterprise Information and Analytics sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience these technical issues are causing our customers. We greatly appreciated your patience as we worked around the clock to restore access to all dashboards.

For questions or issues please contact any member of the Enterprise Analytics team or email



RDB capture

The Research Data Browser (RDB) is a point-and-click browsing tool that allows researchers to explore UCSF patient records de-identified from APeX. The RDB is available to the UCSF research community at no charge.


Use the RDB to:

  • Identify potential subjects for studies to demonstrate feasibility
  • Search de-identified patient clinical records, slice the resulting set by a
    range of parameters
  • Create cohorts for observational studies, particularly comparative
    effectiveness and quality improvement studies
  • Export summary or detailed data to Excel or CSV files; including patient
    demographics, encounters, diagnosis, medications, labs, procedures, and more


Getting Access


First time users: 

    1. Open the Research Data Tools Request Form.
    2. Select Enterprise Analytics Dashboard and Data Tools Access Request.
    3. Under "Enterprise Analytics Dashboards", check "Research Data Browser".
    4. Under "Approver", under field "Manager/Director Name", enter the name of your manager. If you are a professor with no manager, enter the name of your department chairman. Do not enter an ARS staff member; we cannot approve your request.
    5. Enter all other required fields and click the "Order Now" button to submit your request. 
    6. You must have a current Statement of Liability attestation form on file. If you do not have a current attestation form on file, you will be sent a copy of the form to sign via DocuSign.


Returning users: 

The Research Data Browser can be accessed from any web browser. Log in in using your Campus, Med Center, or SOM credentials. 

Please note some users might experience slow performance when using the RDB prior to 10am due to the data loading process. 


De-identified Export and Flowsheet Flat Files

The set of Research Data Browser export files contain a complete export of the data set displayed in the Research Data Browser, while the flowsheet flat files contain a copy of the de-identified APeX flowsheet data set. These flat files will be refreshed on a monthly basis. Click here to learn more.


Learn More

Watch the RDB Training Video

Research Data Browser FAQs

Release Notes 

View the Metadata Documentation


Get Help

For help with questions or support issues:

  • Submit a help ticket at
  • Call the UCSF ITS Service Desk at 415-514-4100
  • Support services for the RDB are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.