OpenSpecimen adoption at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Currently, biobanks at the University Hospital Basel are not centralized. Storage locations are distributed over organizational units, which partly are about to be centrally managed. Biobank inventory management is currently performed in disconnected systems, including Excel lists. There is currently no integrated biobank management software solution in place. To achieve a professional biobank software solution […]

Improving interoperability and quality of data using OpenSpecimen

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 […]

Consent management for Biobanks

The enthusiasm surrounding biobanking and clinical research has gone through an upsurge in the past decade. Governments and industries have been heavily investing in these studies and, undoubtedly, the medical and scientific benefits have been enormous. But even with such scale of infrastructure, the industry lacks a consensus on the subject of ‘Informed consent’ (1,2). […]

OpenSpecimen’s SpecimenCatalog Helps Researchers Find Biospecimens of Interest

As funding bodies push for translational research, more researchers need access to biospecimens and de-identified clinical data. However, it can be difficult for researchers to find which biobanks store the specimens they need since data is not easily accessible. On the other hand, biobanks have a bigger problem – improving their specimen utilization rate. More than two-thirds […]

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 […]

OpenSpecimen “High Availability” deployment for speed and stability

For large enterprise biobanks, e.g. with 20+ concurrent users, it is imperative to setup your biobank data server across multiple app servers (Tomcats/JBoss) behind a load balancer. Load balancer helps in achieving high throughput, minimizing response times and better utilisation of resources. A by-product of setting up load balancer is to increase reliability and availability […]