The ACT Network (SHRINE) is a real-time platform allowing researchers to explore and validate feasibility for clinical studies across the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium, from their desktops. ACT SHRINE was designed to support cohort identification, retrospective data analysis, and hypothesis generation. Data is accessed from the server at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri using an internet browser. The web client is designed with a user-friendly, drag-and-drop interface to enable users to perform data queries without extensive training or technical expertise. Introduction to the platform is available through regularly scheduled ACT SHRINE training or individual consults scheduled through the BIC Support Request form.

What is the source of ACT SHRINE?

The source of ACT SHRINE is Health Facts data mart which consist of data from both Cerner Millennium and IDX (Billing) sources.

How can I get access to the ACT SHRINE web application?

Visit our one stop web page for all BIC related requests.
Fill and submit the short form to request an ACT SHRINE account.

A VCU ACT SHRINE administrator must set up an account for each user.
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Once you have an account, go to: SHRINE/

How to get De-Identified and Identified Data once a cohort is found?

Once a user finds a cohort, one of the BIC analyst can identify the patients involved and extract data from multiple sources: Health Facts, Cerner Millennium and IDX.

In order for the investigator to have access to Identified Data, a copy of the IRB approval document must be presented to the BIC team.

For a list of Protected Health Information Under the Privacy Rule, visit:

ACT SHRINE Training:

Download ACT SHRINE User Guide and FAQ
ACT SHRINE User Guide and FAQ

Test your Knowledge: ACT SHRINE End User Training and Testing

The BIC team gives ACT SHRINE courses. To see the schedule, visit:

Links and More Information

BIC Support Request form