National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NC NM4R) Provider Live with SPARC

Dear MUSC SPARC Users,

We are thrilled to announce that a new service provider group is now onboard with SPARC, the National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NC NM4R)!

NC NM4R is an NIH-sponsored Medical Rehabilitation Research Network center at the Medical University of South Carolina, serving as a focal point for integrating and developing the new science of neuromodulation, with a specific focus on how to use this knowledge to enhance rehabilitation.

Please check out the services provided by NC NM4R for your research, and request your interested service(s) with SPARCRequest~

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-The SPARCRequest Team


SPARC Document Access_Security

On SPARCRequest Step 3 and SPARCDashboard, when adding a new document, the “Allow Access” dropdown currently defaults access to every service provider on the protocol. Uploaded documents are then only accessible by the selected service provider groups and authorized users on your study.  For document management access in the dropdown menu, unchecking a service provider will remove their access to view selected document. For document security measures, all files uploaded to SPARC are stored securely in MUSC Information Solutions maintained database, and sit behind the enterprise firewall.

Please contact the SPARC Team with any question you may have.

Invoice Report Data Dictionary -SPARCFulfillment (Version 2.5.5)

Dear SPARC MUSC Community,

As an effort to facilitate better understanding of the definition of the system-generated canned reports and continuously improving them, we have been working on the data dictionary of each report. The data dictionary documents include the definition of each column/data field as well as its source record and backend information.

As the second of the series of documents, please click here for the Data Dictionary of the Invoice Report based on the current version of SPARCFulfillment (version 2.5.5), which can be generated on SPARCFulfillment “All Reports” tab.

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Below is an example of the SPARCFulfillment Invoice Report for your information:

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Please contact us if you have any feedback about the report or the data dictionary document.

Have a great day!


Phone: 843-792-8300

-The SPARC Team



Milestone: 2017 SPARCRequest Open Source Governance Retreat

Dear MUSC SPARC Users,

We are proud to announce that MUSC hosted the 1st annual SPARCRequest Open Source Governance Retreat on June 19th to 21st, 2017, with 4 CTSA Hubs (Iowa, Utah, Children’s National, MUSC) and 1 IDeA State CTR Hub (LA CaTS) participated, which represent 20 institutions.

The national SPARCRequest Open Source Governance is comprised of Steering Subcommittee, Technical Subcommittee, Operational Logistics Subcommittee, as well as an Evaluation Team. MUSC, Iowa and Utah were awarded a CTSA Grant Administrative Supplement Award to support the development of this governance structure that will support sustainability, co-development and institutional adoption of SPARCRequest. The Administrative Supplement is a 2 year award from NCATS with a total award of $853,998. This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand SPARC to other CTSA Hubs and the IDeA State CTR Hubs and to explore options to support the national CTSA Trial Innovation Network.

The highlights of this 2017 retreat includes:

  1. Agreement on branding and promotion of SPARCRequest. The OS governance group defined  SPARCRequest as a “Research Transaction Management System” for clarifying its functionality and branding;
  2. Experience and lessons learnt through the SPARC implementation process were shared among institutions;
  3. Each institution demonstrated their site-specified customization during the retreat;
  4. Prioritization of the SPARC OS project task list was discussed;
  5. Technical team members worked collaboratively during the Code-A-Thon to initiate the clean code base and convert the configuration and constants settings in the application into database (and eventually through user interface) to make the adoption/deployments easier.


We are looking forward to the future collaborations with our OS partners for further improvement to SPARCRequest!

-The SPARC Team