IBM Clinical Development Blog

"So why is IBM at OCT Southeast?": We are SO glad you asked!

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 30, 2017 10:16:47 AM / by Douglas Weatherhead posted in medical coding, clinical trials, clinical research, Merge Healthcare, IBM, cognitive technology, Merge, an IBM Company, IBM Clinical Development, Watson Health, IBM Watson Health, cognitive computing, Truven, Explorys, Cognitive Era

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Of all the questions we heard as a sponsor of last week’s Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Southeast conference, that was definitely the most frequent.

And it’s perfectly understandable. Because while IBM has worked in healthcare for more than half a century (we developed the first pediatric medical record in the 1960s), most of that work has been “behind the scenes” supporting the use of technology in tens of thousands of hospitals, health systems and research organizations worldwide.

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Join IBM to learn best practices in conducting patient-centric trials

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 27, 2017 11:29:01 AM / by Dianne Chatterton posted in clinical trials, ePro, clinical research, Conferences, IBM, electronic patient reported outcomes, Merge, an IBM Company, IBM Clinical Development, IBM Watson Health, patient centricity, patient centric, patient engagement

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Thought leaders from industry and patient-advocacy groups to share methods to optimize trials through stronger patient relationships at national conference.

Patient Centricity, the drive to better align the needs and expectations of both patient and researcher in a clinical trial, is among today’s most important industry issues. Advanced technologies such as smartphones, wearable devices and embedded sensors can help researchers enhance the quality of patient relationships and the timeliness and accuracy of patient-reported data.

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eClinicalOS v2016.6.0 Release Introduces NEW Smart Reporting Module

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in Release Notes, Merge eClinical, clinical research, training, smart reporting

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Latest release also includes a new training tool called WalkME and enhancements to user interface

Attention all eCOS users! The release of eClinicalOS v2016.6.0 will occur on Friday, July 29, 2016 between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm EDT (to reduce potential impact to studies). There will be 3 hours of downtime while the upgrade is made.

This release contains some exciting new enhancements to the platform. Read on for more details.

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You (yes, YOU) can learn to build a clinical study in an EDC platform

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 15, 2016 10:56:10 AM / by Amy Young posted in EDC, clinical research, clinical data management

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You don't need months and months of training to set up a study in eClinicalOS. Attend our free webinar and learn why.

Building the framework for a study in a cloud-based electronic data capture (EDC) platform used to be difficult and time-consuming. Those days are over, thanks to eClinicalOS. With our easy-to-use interface, anyone on your team can learn to build a clinical study, in record time.

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Going to DIA? See eClinicalOS in Action at Booth 607

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in EDC, clinical research, DIA

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With 7,500+ attendees and 450+ exhibits, DIA is one of the largest gatherings of life science professionals in the world. With so much going on, you have to plan ahead to manage your time wisely. So we thought we'd help you out by sharing our list of events (Booth #607– just look for the big sign!).

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Does Social Media Have a Place in Clinical Trials?

[fa icon='calendar'] May 6, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Amy Young posted in Merge eClinical, clinical research

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Many Experts Say Yes! (But Caution is Key.)

Social Media has utterly transformed our day-to-day lives. With a few taps on a keyboard, we can follow global brands, keep up with our favorite sports stars or discover something new through a hashtag. Our smartphones and laptops give us access to the world, so why wouldn't we use them in clinical trials?

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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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