The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) has been developed by the Sax Institute as part of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN). SURE is Australia's first and only remote-access data research laboratory purpose-built for the analysis of linked, routinely collected data.
The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) is a remote-access computing environment that allows researchers to remotely access and analyse the approved data extracts provided by data custodians for their research project. Researchers see a facsimile of the screen of the remote virtual computer on their local computer screen. Within the SURE each researcher is allocated a virtual computer which runs entirely on hardware physically located at and controlled by the SURE. The SURE also contains extensive data storage and backup capabilities and a range of analysis software for researchers to use.
SURE aims to:
- Minimise the risk of privacy and/or confidentiality breaches when conducting research using linked, de-identified health and other data, by supplying a remote-access computing environment with comprehensive security features which replaces a researcher's local computing environment;
- Improve the accessibility of linked data to accredited researchers undertaking ethics committee-approved population health, health services and related research;
- Make collaboration between researchers from different institutions easier and more efficient; and
- Provide a high performance computing environment with enhanced speed, storage and cutting-edge analytic software and tools to researchers.
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