Improving interoperability and quality of data using OpenSpecimen at VCB (Melbourne)

Following is a poster presented by the Victorian Cancer Biobank team on using OpenSpecimen for ‘Improving interoperability and quality of data’ at the ABNA 2019 conference.

VCB has collected more than 600,000 biospecimens from a broad range of tumours, and approximately 423,000 biospecimens are currently in our inventory. OpenSpecimen was implemented as the biobank information management system (BIMS) for VCB in 2016 to improve the management of the specimens and the associated data.

Harmonisation of VCB data items and values to the national standard (Cancer clinical
NBPDS) will facilitate the extraction of data for linkage with VCR (Victorian Cancer Registry) and other administrative
and disease registry datasets. This will improve the interoperability and quality of VCB
data. To further enhance data quality and streamline the quality assurance process, an
enhanced version of OpenSpecimen is currently being developed to validate data in real-time.

Click Here: VCB_ABNA19_poster