Lessons learned: Development of COVID-19 clinical staging models at a large urban research institution

Sean S. Huang, Lelia H. Chaisson, William Galanter, Arash Jalali, Martha Menchaca, Natalie Parde, Jorge M. Rodríguez-Fernández, Andrew Trotter, Karl M. Kochendorfer

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Background/Objective: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), along with many academic institutions worldwide, made significant efforts to address the many challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing clinical staging and predictive models. Data from patients with a clinical encounter at UIC from July 1, 2019 to March 30, 2022 were abstracted from the electronic health record and stored in the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science Clinical Research Data Warehouse, prior to data analysis. While we saw some success, there were many failures along the way. For this paper, we wanted to discuss some of these obstacles and many of the lessons learned from the journey. Methods: Principle investigators, research staff, and other project team members were invited to complete an anonymous Qualtrics survey to reflect on the project. The survey included open-ended questions centering on participants' opinions about the project, including whether project goals were met, project successes, project failures, and areas that could have been improved. We then identified themes among the results. Results: Nine project team members (out of 30 members contacted) completed the survey. The responders were anonymous. The survey responses were grouped into four key themes: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Data Acquisition/Validation, and Model Building. Conclusion: Through our COVID-19 research efforts, the team learned about our strengths and deficiencies. We continue to work to improve our research and data translation capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere113
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 27 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Lessons learned
  • collaboration
  • data acquisition
  • data infrastructure
  • data validation
  • information systems
  • predictive models
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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