Clinical research databases provide interfaces for collecting, consolidating, and reporting on clinical patient data.

Lineberger's clinical research databases provide interfaces for collecting, consolidating, analyzing, and reporting on patient clinical data. The goals of these databases vary widely – from data conflict resolution to organizing patient care. Databases are used to present case information at clinical tumor board meetings and track conference results for each patient. The databases can also have a collaborative effect by managing physician contact information (inside and outside of UNC), and the studies they administer, which can be passed and shared to other clinical databases as needed.

There are numerous examples of these clinical databases in action. The clinical breast, ENT, GU, Endocrine and GI Metaclinic databases were created for nurse navigators in the clinic to manage patients and their weekly tumor board conferences. They are also used for research where appropriate. The clinical breast database also holds specific information to support various metastatic breast cancer studies. The UNCseq study’s research database tracks the status of all consented patients through the entire workflow of the study which includes sample management, sample tracking through various labs, workflow results, tumor board discussions and decisions.