The long-term sustainability of biobanks has been a major concern. “Sustainability is [a biobank’s] capacity to remain operative, effective, and competitive over its expected lifetime.” OECD Global Science Forum 2017 BBMRI-NL has made a Series on Sustainable Biobanking, combining current knowledge from literature, workshops, and focus groups. The Series contains an infographic with nine recommendations […]
Organizing the forms for data entry can be important for the efficient and speed of data entry. By default, the order of the forms is based on the order of attaching them. However, this might not be the most ideal way from a data entry point of view. From v4.3, you can change the order […]
Have you seen the David Letterman’s interview of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Netflix? If not, it is worth watching to get a sneak peek into India and the life of a Bollywood star. While I never liked his movies, I always found his life story to be inspiring. If you happen to watch […]
From v6.2 below enhancements are made to simplify the forms UI and make it user-friendly. Ability to search forms by additional filters: Earlier the forms were searchable only by name. It was difficult to find out which CP or level the forms were attached to. From v6.2, two new search filters are added: Collection Protocol […]
The “PRECISE network” at King’s College London adopts OpenSpecimen to manage biospecimens collected from pregnant women and children. The project aims to establish a cohort of pregnant women across Africa to support research into placental disorders.
National Eye Institute (NIH, USA) adopts OpenSpecimen and we look forward to working with them in the coming days. Surely they have a good “eye” in selecting the right biobank software! The NEI Biobank is creating a mark in “vision research” by building a biorepository of eye tissues.
When a box (or any container) is transferred from one location to another, it was not possible to track the details of transfer like – Who transferred the container Date and time of transfer Reason for transfer Generate reports of such transfers See the transfer details in the specimen level Starting from v6.2, the containers […]
Clinical staff at the hospitals are responsible for the collection of participant data and primary specimens. They are not concerned about other biobank workflows e.g. specimen processing, storage or distribution. OpenSpecimen has introduced a new default role “Clinician” for such users. Clinician users can only perform participant registration, ship specimens, and accession primary specimens. To […]
Often, the same set of forms and UI screen designs are used for multiple CPs within a site. The problems with this are: Not able to query across multiple CPs using custom forms Cumbersome to manage updates to JSON workflows in multiple CPs From v6.2, OpenSpecimen allows creating “Collection Protocol Groups (CPG)” for easy maintenance […]
From v6.2, Super administrators can “Impersonate” other users. For example, if a user complains of an issue specific to their role, super administrator can impersonate as that user and debug it. Any action performed during impersonation is audited under the user impersonated. For more information refer: https://openspecimen.atlassian.net/wiki/x/X4CB