By Shannan Vance, Marketing Director, Liaison Technologies
All the news media trucks were up and active by 2 p.m. Pacific Time the afternoon of September 23. You could see many of the key media personnel moving around as they prepared to interview the stars of the coming Emmy Awards ceremony. It was hard to get a close up for photos – most were quite blurry, actually, so the most I can show is the large tent that had been up since the previous day. Although I did get to see the “roadies” from one of the bands unload equipment. The “roadies” don’t count as “stars,” so no pictures there either. Sorry to disappoint.
But onto the morning and afternoon session recaps…
That morning, I attended the session “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Technology: The Impact of Technological Advance on the Data Management Landscape.”
This session consisted of three speakers that provided an overall analysis of how technological advances within data management have improved their processes at their facilities.
The Case Studies presented were from the following organizations:
- Medical University of South Carolina
- Cognizant Technology Solutions, Ltd.
- INC Research
The core takeaways from this session included:
- The benefits of real-time alerting in an electronic data capture system so that protocol violations can be identified in a timely manner
- How protocol violation alerts can be used to block randomization and serve as a user-retaining mechanism
- The ability to use real-time protocol violation alerts to monitor site response
- Understand the challenges of embracing technology and how the technological advances will improve processes significantly over the coming years
The second session I attended was “Using Metadata in the Real World.” This too consisted of three speakers. All related their use of metadata to solve many of the challenges they are currently experiencing.
Key takeaways from this session include:
- Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium standards in clinical research for helping implementers enrich internal and external partnerships
- Increase in quality, reusability, and interoperability of metadata
- Increase reduction of costs and increase in time to market with the automation of metadata process and procedures
- Metadata-driven methodology used to automate the specification and validation of outsourced data management
- Steps taken by YM Biosciences to build a clinical data repository for using standard metadata
- Ability to compare typical biometrics programming deliverables to assess ROI from implementing standard metadata vs. not having standards (two to seven times in productivity savings)
- The three ways metadata automation can be used to define new processes
- Potential strategies and activities required to set up a clinical data repository
- The advantages of standards and metadata within early-phase clinical drug development
Both sessions were very informative and provided a better working knowledge of data and how it is used within the life sciences industry.
Look for my final blog soon. I will provide a recap of the sessions I attended, booth traffic for Liaison Healthcare, and of course, the Emmys!