Biobanking as a Newsletter- September 19

Have you watched the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”? I watched it over the weekend and highly recommend it to anyone working with biospecimens. In 2010, Rebecca Skloot published The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a compelling look at Henrietta Lacks’ story, her impact on medical science, and important bioethical issues. That book […]

OpenSpecimen and EMR (Epic) integration

Overview EMR (like Epic, Cerner, etc) contains patients demographics and clinical data among other data. Integrating EMR with OpenSpecimen enables biobank staff to look-up patients based on MRN and register to a study.  This approach will avoid manual data entry errors and saves end-users’ time.  This document explains the different integration options between any EMR […]

OpenSpecimen Community Meet 2017

The OpenSpecimen Community Meet 2017 was held in Miami on Sep 18-19. The informal meeting notes can be found here: click here. Attendees: Krishagni: Srikanth Adiga, Poornima Govindrao Washington University: Dave Mulvihill, Lee Myrick, Anu Vadakkumcheril University of Utah: Scott Claerhout, Randy K. Madsen Thomas Jefferson: John Reber Allegheny Health Network: Michael Anderson Jewish McGill: Kerry McKenna […]

caTissue to OpenSpecimen – Our Journey

(from Sept 29, 2015 – originally posted on LinkedIn) We released OpenSpecimen v2.0 in June 2015 and since then made a couple of minor releases (v2.1 and v2.2). This post is about this incredible journey from caTissue to OpenSpecimen. For the uninitiated… OpenSpecimen is a free and open source biobanking informatics platform being used in 35+ […]

CEOs and developers doing client support…

When you report an issue in OpenSpecimen, it is very likely that you will hear back from one of Sri, Vinayak or Poornima – the three key folks who run the company. You might think – well, seems like these guys have nothing “big” to do! 😉 Many companies delegate customer support to a “support team” – […]

OpenSpecimen – REDCap Integration

OpenSpecimen can be integrated with REDCap (or other EDCs like OpenClinica) to eliminate manual data entry and query data across the two systems. The plugin is currently used by many customers including Washington University, Columbia University, Telethon Kids (Perth), and University of British Columbia (Vancouver).  The plugin performs the one-way data synchronization from REDCap to […]

OSCON17: OpenSpecimen community meet 2017

We are happy to announce this year’s “OpenSpecimen Community Meet (OSCON)” plans. About OSCON: Is an annual event of OpenSpecimen adopters and ones planning to use in the future. Covers demos of new features, product training, technical sessions and product roadmap. Talks by adopters about their experiences and best practices Meet adopters from other biobanks, […]

OpenSpecimen v4.1 release

We are happy to announce the release of OpenSpecimen v4.1 with new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Release highlights: Bulk delete of objects Export of admin objects (to move data from test to production environments) Display specimen list within containers Link collection protocol with distribution protocols One-click specimen distribution Support for multiple values of ethnicity […]

OpenSpecimen configurability

This article highlights OpenSpecimen’s high degree of “configurability” to serve different types of biobanking workflows. Biobanking is a very dynamic and diverse field where a “one size fits all” approach does not work. Biospecimens could be collected for disease based biobanks (e.g. cancer biobank, orthopedic biobank, etc) or for a longitudinal clinical study or trial. […]