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Developer(s) Caisis Team
Stable release
5.0 / May 24, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-05-24)
Written in C#, XML, HTML, JavaScript
Operating system Windows
Type Medical software
License GNU General Public License Version 2

Caisis is an open source, web-based, patient data management system that integrates research with patient care. The system is freely distributed to promote the collection of standard, well structured data suitable for research and multi-institution collaboration.


Caisis was designed around structured chronological patient histories which could be displayed to clinicians and processed by computer algorithms.[1] The system was initiated in the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in 2002 and has been actively developed by BioDigital Systems and a number of other institutions world-wide. It is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and is entirely web based; written mainly in C#, HTML, and JavaScript it runs on the .Net Framework. The installer, source code and documentation are available from its website. Although it is widely used in cancer research the framework allows rapid adoption for collecting data on a multitude of disease states.


  • Open source freely available web application
  • Clinical practice and research activities combined to
  • improve data quality and efficiency
  • Designed to be easily extended to new diseases
  • Framework allows quick addition of new fields and
  • data collection using electronic forms
  • Clinical documentation integrated via paper and
  • web-based forms (eForms)
  • Integrated protocol management module
  • Integrated specimen banking module
  • Integrated project tracking module
  • Data export tools and disease specific algorithms
  • Plugin interface for user friendly tools (e.g. PSA graph, file upload tool)
  • Longitudinal follow-up automation
  • HIPAA compliant robust security features


Caisis has been developed to allow the system to evolve and adapt to the evolving landscape of clinical research. As a framework, it is easy for developers to extend Caisis by adding new fields and tables, plugin features, and new modules with standalone functionality. New functionality is added to support the primary goal of Caisis: to capture the patient's clinical "story". This approach provides users and clinicians with work flow driven interfaces that allow data capture to occur at the point of service.

Capturing data in the structured, Caisis relational data model, will facilitate the generation of large clean datasets for multi-institution collaborative research.

Other modules[edit]

  • Specimen Banking
    • Specimen tracking that includes details about specimen handling, tests, and storage
    • Interface to define storage setup
    • Specimen transfer tracking
    • Specimen search based on clinical or pathological details
  • Protocol / Clinical Trials Management
    • Patient study calendar that integrates the patient schedule and data entry
    • Serious adverse event reportingOutcomes management for Biomarker, Soft Tissue, and Bone response
    • Data entry customization by protocol
    • Registration and Eligibility tracking
  • eAuditor
    • This is a third partly tool, developed by The Breast Cancer Tissue Bank BCTB in Australia, for checking data accuracy in an efficient way.[2]


  1. ^ P.A. Fearn; K. Regan; F. Sculli; J. Katz; M.W. Kattan (2003). "A Chronological Database as Backbone for Clinical Practice and Research Data Management". 16th Annual IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. 
  2. ^ M. Khushi; J. Carpenter; R. Balleine; C. Clarke (2011). "Development of a data entry auditing protocol and quality assurance for a tissue bank database.". Cell and Tissue Banking. 13 (1): 9–13. PMID 21331789. doi:10.1007/s10561-011-9240-x. 

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