Access MIMIC-IV on BigQuery

BigQuery is a columnar, distributed relational database management system. BigQuery accesses only the columns specified in the query, making it ideal for data analysis workflows. Read more about BigQuery on Google.

First, ensure you have been provisioned access to MIMIC-IV on BigQuery. See the cloud page for instructions. Once you have been provisioned access to using MIMIC-IV on BigQuery, it’s worthwhile to “pin” the dataset to see it on the BigQuery web tool.

  1. Go to the BigQuery console:
  2. On the left sidebar, next to “Resources”, click “+ ADD DATA”, followed by “Pin a project” Pin data for easy access
  3. In the pop up window, type physionet-data, and click “PIN”. Type physionet-data to pin the MIMIC-III data project
  4. In the sidebar on the left, you should now see the physionet-data project. Click the arrow to the left of physionet-data to expand the project.
  5. You should now see a number of projects. The relevant ones for MIMIC-IV are: mimic_core, mimic_icu, and mimic_hosp. If you see these datasets, you are ready to query the data! Try a simple query in the main dialogue box:
FROM `physionet-data.mimic_core.patients`
WHERE subject_id < 10000100
ORDER BY subject_id

The query should return some data, and your browser window should be similar to the below:

Example output for the query

At this point you are ready to use MIMIC on BigQuery!

A tutorial on using BigQuery to query MIMIC-III is available here.

Note that we have a number of pre-generated “views” of the data. These are available in the mimic_derived dataset which you are free to query. All code used to generate these views has been made openly available on the MIMIC-IV code repository.

If you are having issues, see the Troubleshooting section.


I get a pop-up about Terms of Service

Agree to the terms of service

You will need to agree to all GCP Terms of Service and adhere to their terms in order to use the data on BigQuery.

When I go to BigQuery, it asks me to create a project

Create a project on GCP

Almost all of your interactions with GCP are associated with a project. Importantly, all billing for your usage must be allotted to a single project. In order to use BigQuery you must have an activate project associated with your account. BigQuery offers a $300 free trial for first time users.

Create a project and select it as your activate project. If you’ve done this correctly, then the top bar of the Google console page should stop saying “Select a project”, and instead have your project name. For example, in the below, I have selected the project alistairewj, which is now the activate project:

Example of a working activate project

I can only see eicu_crd_demo and mimiciii_demo

These datasets are fully public, so the implication is that you have not been granted access to the full versions of the databases. Please (1) double check you have entered your cloud information into your PhysioNet profile, verifying any e-mails as needed, and (2) requested access to the specific cloud project on its respective PhysioNet project page.

I have a different issue

If none of the above have the answer, feel free to raise an issue at the MIMIC-IV repository.

Last modified August 18, 2020: Update (06db39d)