Research Development Services (RDS) provides support for obtaining approval for use of Augusta University Medical Center, Clinics, Ancillary Services, Medical Records, and Patients (recruited from or using these services) that will be used during the conduct of a research study.

RDS provides support for accessing the following hospital resources and services for research purposes:

  • Using AU Medical Center facilities including hospitals and clinics for research visits
  • Liaison for AU Medical Center to establish processes for scheduling research visits or procedures within AU Medical Center locations
  • Supporting research budget development through Medicare cost analysis, Coverage Analysis, and prices for AU Medical Centers and AU Medical Associates
  • Requesting hospital services such as Radiology, Pathology, Clinical Research Pharmacy, Tumor Bank, Blood Bank, etc., for research
  • Accessing data in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and within hospital databases

Contact Us

Research Development Services

Medical Center BB-8513

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912


Important Information

AU Medical Center Approval Process

  • Chart Reviews: Indicate use of AU Medical Center resources on the IRBNet Core Data form, then notify RDS at including the following information: IRB number, study title, name of PI
  • Studies with billable hospital services are required to use OnCore.
  • A study with a billable hospital service will be assigned a code, known as the CPI number. This is required for scheduling any hospital services.


Coverage Analysis

Important Resources for Coverage Analysis


Scheduling AU Medical Center Services


Billing for AU Medical Center Research Services

Importance of Medical Record Compliance

  • Submit a signed ICD with a coversheet to Health Information Management Services (HIMS) along with RDS coversheet
  • Submit research notes with coversheet
  • Indicate study visit # (cycle # and day if applicable), unscheduled visit or adverse event treatment, other study specific information
  • HIMS scans to the Clinical Trials section of the EMR for each subject

icon Our Staff

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Niju Philip, MS, CCRC

  • Director, Research Development Services
  • Study Billing Grids
  • Study Approval Information


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  • Director, Clinical Translational Finance


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Rosie Rhodes, MBA

  • Senior Clinical Research Billing Analyst


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  • PowerTrials Administrator