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New feature in v6.2 – Clinician Role

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 […]

New feature in v6.2 – Collection Protocol Groups

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 […]

New feature in v6.2 – Impersonate Users

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

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 […]

Biobanking as a Newsletter- August’19

Your monthly pick of biobanking buzz from the OpenSpecimen team. We are excited to announce our upcoming Annual Community Meetings in USA and Australia. Register ASAP to book your seats. Fresh of the Press Why open source matters in biobanking? (Written by Krishagni in collaboration with Johns Hopkins, Washington, Oxford and CBR (Nigeria) UK Biobank is […]

Why Open Source Software Matters for Biobanks?

Disclaimer Krishagni is the developer of OpenSpecimen – an open-source software for managing biospecimen data used in 65+ research centers across 16+ countries. While this article promotes “open source”, it does not necessarily promote OpenSpecimen. Customers are encouraged to evaluate all options based on their requirements before deciding which software suits them the best. Introduction […]

The Center for Bioethics and Research (Nigeria) Adopts OpenSpecimen’s ‘Community Edition’

The Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) is a research and training institution in Nigeria committed to carrying out research, genomics and epidemiological studies on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and nutrition. Furthermore, the Training Division of CBR provides international-standard bioethics training in collaboration with leading universities in Nigeria and other African […]

Manage supply items inventory

Tracking the inventory of supplies in a biobank can be a tedious and time-consuming task. For example, tubes, vials, kits, gloves, labels, reagents, etc. Any mistake in inventory management can result in cost overruns and delay in specimen processing. This might also affect the quality of the specimens.  The frequency and types of specimen collected […]

The Past, Present, and Future of Biobanks

Biobanks are dedicated to managing biospecimens for research purposes. Even though biobanks have been around for 100 years, it’s only been in the last few decades that we have seen significant advancements in the science of biobanking. This has led to an availability of high-quality biospecimens which has, in turn, fuelled advances in medical research. […]

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