Projects & Collaborations


Indiana University and IU Health are using OnCore in conjunction with Cerner PowerTrials among different departments, divisions and research groups to help us meet our objectives:

1)     Promoting patient safety,

2)     Facilitating recruitment, and

3)     Enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of managing clinical trials across the research enterprise.

Cerner PowerTrials

What is PowerTrials?

PowerTrials is an application within Cerner, IU Health’s electronic medical record, that enables transparency between clinical research and clinical care.

Key Attributes of PowerTrials

  • Indicates that a patient is a subject in a clinical study by flagging them in the demographic (banner) bar of the electronic medical record.
  • Provides basic protocol and study contact information to all IU Health clinicians.
  • Notifies the study contact when a study participant is registered for an inpatient, outpatient or emergency visit at an IU Health facility.
  • Allows for subject recruitment from the IU Health patient population using screening tools built around the inclusion/exclusion criteria for a study (future functionality).

How do I get access to Cerner?

Where can I receive training on Cerner applications used by the research community? 

What other documentation is available for Cerner PowerTrials? 

Requirements for VA Protocols – FAQs


Standard Pricing Schedule for Industry Sponsored Clinical Research Studies:

A schedule of recommended fees for industry funded clinical research studies is available to Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health researchers.

The fee schedule serves as a guide to assist in the development of budgets for industry-funded clinical research studies by

  • Providing a consistent starting point for budget negotiations with sponsors.
  • Ensuring research teams more accurately estimate time/resources required for research activities.
  • Offering a fee schedule to develop a budget based on study complexity.
  • Promoting transparency of research related costs for industry sponsors.
  • Facilitating budget preparation as the current version of standard fees will be available in the OnCore® CTMS Charge Master or from the OCR.

For more information – please contact the Office of Clinical Research at or 317-278-2546.

Coverage Analysis

During the budget construction phase of clinical study initiation, a documented analysis of cost allocation must be completed. This coverage analysis is a systematic review of clinical trial documents to determine the costs of conducting the trial and assigning billable services and procedures to the sponsor, third party payer or patient/subject. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) to ensure that clinical services associated with research studies are billed appropriately. The analysis includes the following:

  • Qualifying trial determination: Medicare Coverage Analysis (MCA) for drug studies
  • CMS determination documentation for device studies
  • Supplemental Coverage Review by the Medicare contractor Medical Director or Fiscal Intermediary for services for which coverage is not yet established
  • Review of cost allocation language in all study documents for consistency

OnCore can be used as a tool to assist you with your Coverage Analysis needs. It includes a checklist to help you determine and document that your study is a Qualifying Clinical Trial (QCT) according to Medicare rules. It can also record billing information for each procedure listed in the protocol and provide you with a Billing Grid that includes a calendar view of all scheduled procedures and their respective billing designations. Check out our OnCore Learning Manuals, Tools, Tips and FAQ’s for additional information on the Coverage Analysis Console of OnCore.