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Yes, You CAN Learn to Build Your Own Study Database (We'll Show You!)

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Greg Pack posted in CRO, clinical data management

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eCOS Study Build Program Puts YOU in The Driver's Seat 
"Clinical research is all about control – and those who choose careers in this industry want to retain as much control over a project as possible. eClinicalOS plays very nicely with this ideal given that it encourages those working with it (programming, conducting UAT, cleaning, etc.) to become self-sufficient."  
-Matt Dickason, Managing Director, Renaissance Associates* 
With trial costs at an all-time high, every minute of every day has a dollar amount tagged to it – and building out a study in a data management platform can be extremely time-consuming. So instead of paying other companies to build databases, what if  you could have someone trained in-house who can do it for you? That’s both productive and smart.

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Education Partnership Highlights eCOS' Versatility

[fa icon='calendar'] May 12, 2015 3:06:00 PM / by Greg Pack posted in Education

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Spotlight: Education

Through our education partnership initiatives program, eClinicialOS collaborates with partners worldwide to bring innovative learning opportunities into Clinical Data Management. Sandbox_clippingOne of our education partners is Phoenix Progressive Certifications Enterprise (PPCE), based in Maharashtra, India. PPCE’s Certification in Clinical Data Management program has been running strong for the past 5 years and strives to increase employability and improve the quality of resources in the clinical research industry. 

eCOS supports the PPCE initiative - as well as many other education initiatives worldwide - by donating the use (and tech support) of our platform.

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Cloudy Lingo: 7 Terms Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM / by Greg Pack posted in Data Exporting, Cloud, clinical trials, Apps, Saas, Switching Systems, Audit, Application, ePro, Encryption, Regulations, Investment, clinical research, Data Access, Switching EDC, Data Storage

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 In today’s world, vast amounts of information can be accessed on mobile devices, tablets and PCs at the touch of a fingertip. With privacy concerns at an all-time high, these tech advances have taken a bit of time to become accepted in the healthcare industry.

But all of that changed when the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) released “Meaningful Use" incentives, and the US Government released the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), two powerful changes to the traditional workflow in healthcare. These pieces of legislation encourage businesses in the healthcare industry to utilize certain applications and the connectivity of electronic health records.

So, we have come a long way, baby. In just 6 years, most medical management meetings in this country taking place right now are centered on value-based care and interoperability. And, cloud technologies have started to replace clunky legacy systems, offering easier, faster, and more cost-effective access to data.


Are you new to "the cloud?" Here are 7 terms you need to know: 


A SaaS (Software as a Service) platform is an on-demand software delivery model. On-demand means that the software is never installed on a local machine — it’s always accessed over the Internet, or “the cloud.” “Apps,” or, applications, are run via a web browser. 

Public Cloud

In “public cloud” storage, enterprises and small businesses offload data and backup needs to a third-party cloud storage service provider, freeing them from the expensive costs of having to purchase, manage and maintain on-site storage hardware and software resources.

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