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5 Fun Facts about OHDSI’s Healthcare Data Quest

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Odyssey?” Did you picture a journey filled with international discovery? Did you associate images of a quest filled with notable experiences? Or, did you think of OHDSI (pronounced “Odyssey”), the “multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary collaborative that is striving to bring out the value of observational health data through […]

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Recording Review Actions During A Clinical Data Review

As was mentioned in a previous post, providing an easy-to-use interface is important for data review, including filtering, audit data, and User Review Action buttons. The user actions buttons initiate recording that all, or a portion, of a review has been performed. In the previous section, we mentioned a Review Timestamp, which is one of […]

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Identifying Which Data To Review During A Clinical Data Review

In my last blog post, I presented some thoughts on showing data changed since last review. Today, we will concentrate on the level of scrutiny and what happens when recording the user actions in the review. Not all data may require the same level of scrutiny during a review. Additional focus may need to be […]

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Identifying New Or Changed Data During A Clinical Data Review

In my previous post, we discussed some examples of business rules that might be applied depending on how many people are performing a clinical data review. Today, we’ll discuss approaches for selecting the data that is being reviewed. In any data review that occurs multiple times during the course of a study there are two […]

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Tackling Healthcare Data Challenges at #HIMSS16

We are well into the transformation of healthcare from a fee-for-service model to one based on outcomes. There has been a lot of buzz in the industry around population health management and an increasing interest in precision medicine. We talk about the need to control costs as margins continue to erode and the need to […]

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Penn Medicine Discusses Their IT Landscape

  Earlier this year, I highlighted how Penn Medicine is leveraging IT to support their patient care and precision medicine programs. Several weeks ago, Oracle and Penn Medicine held a joint webinar in which the academic medical center discussed their overall IT landscape. 

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The C-Level Way To Load Data Into A Clinical Data Warehouse

  On October 15, 2015, my colleague, Kathryn Hanson, presented a webinar on the topic of clinical data warehousing. She provided a high-level overview of the challenges that life sciences companies face when it comes to technology, in particular with the acquisition and management of data (e.g., patient/subject, trial management, safety) from different systems and […]

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Study Confirms Use Of Clinical Systems Has Increased

  Last week, I attended a webinar that showcased the results of a study on the adoption of clinical trial software in life sciences. The study was conducted by a working group led by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, CDISC, and Oracle Health Sciences, and the results reiterated what we already […]

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93 More Companies Chose Oracle Health Sciences Solutions

  And that was just this past year. So, I think it’s fair to say that Oracle’s software is the cream of the crop in the life sciences and healthcare industries. According to a press release issued by the company, close to 100 life sciences companies have signed on to use Oracle’s clinical and safety […]

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Yes, Perficient Is Looking To Hire People Like You

  As long as you have the experience listed in the job descriptions. But, to put it simply, if you’ve worked in the life sciences industry, you’re already ahead of the game. Check out the job openings we have on our life sciences team and apply if you’re interested. We’ll keep your application secret. Promise. […]

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Why Companies Change Clinical And Drug Safety Systems

  It’s not uncommon for sponsors and CROs to perform version upgrades on their clinical and safety systems or move away from certain ones altogether. They’ve been doing it for years. But why, when it impacts so many different parts of a company, both operationally and financially? The answer is relatively simple: Because what’s at […]

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Microsoft Interview – BI & Health Analytics are Critical to ACOs

As a healthcare organization, being able to easily locate and capture information is critical when it comes to providing quality patient care and maintaining the financial health of the business. For accountable care organizations (ACOs), managing population health successfully requires the gathering of insights that comes only from a combination of data – data from […]

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President Obama: Precision Medicine’s Best Advocate

OK, maybe that’s an overstatement. But, it’s worth mentioning that President Barack Obama briefly talked about “precision medicine” in his State of the Union address last week. Here’s what he had to say: Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped […]

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Increasing Efficiency With Java Executors And Thread Pools

If you’re a Java developer, you probably know that you can create a thread by implementing the Runnable interface or by extending the Thread class. You can then execute multiple threads in parallel to achieve concurrency. Still with me? It gets a bit more challenging when you need to spawn long-running tasks in parallel and […]

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6 Trends In Life Sciences IT For 2015

  Throughout 2015, we should continue to see life sciences companies investing in technology to reduce drug and device development costs and time, and more importantly, to improve the safety and efficacy of their products. It’s no longer a choice, but rather a matter of time: life sciences companies need to upgrade their IT solutions […]

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Personalized Medicine In A Nutshell (Or Shall I Say Capsule?)

I recently heard a segment on the radio about personalized medicine. Or “translational medicine.” Or “translational research.” Or “precision medicine.” Whatever you want to call it! Dr. Murray Feingold, a pediatrician and geneticist in the Boston area, painted a clear description of the term. He put it in words that all of us can understand. […]

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Why Does Data Warehousing Take So Long? Pt. 3

Last time, I posted about how BI/DW accelerator and framework tools need to be used with care, and not as a substitute for solid requirements analysis. This time, I want to debunk a misconception that can be framed by the following question: Will Agile processes speed up my BI development timeline?   I see many situations […]

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Big Data, Big Data, What Can You Help Hospitals See?

While big data is a catchy buzzword and many race to offer their own definition of it, many still struggle to understand what it really means and question its real value. According to a recent survey conducted by Talend, only 10% of respondents were engaged in a large scale big data implementation project, while 36% […]

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