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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IBM Clinical Development Helps South African Researchers Learn About New Data Technology

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 2, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in clinical trials, South Africa, clinical systems, cognitive technology

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Last year, IBM Clinical Development leaders traveled to South Africa to explore new territories for our clinical data solutions. The trip was a great success – even capturing the attention of industry publication Clinical Leader (read the story here.) This year, we're deepening our commitment to the region through an expanded partnership with SACRA (South African Clinical Research Association).

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Learn How to Design a Study with Targeted SDV

[fa icon='calendar'] May 20, 2016 2:04:28 PM / by Amy Young posted in EDC, clinical trials, SDV

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By narrowing your monitoring focus, you can improve overall operations.

Last month, we presented a webinar highlighting one of our new modules: Monitor Management (View the recording here). (And by the way, it was one of our highest-attended webinars of all time!)

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Modern Digital Automation: Good Thing or Bad Thing?

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 11, 2015 10:47:44 AM / by Amy Young posted in EDC, clinical trials, Randomization, Endpoint Adjudication, automation, digital data management

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Everything these days is becoming automated, thanks to advances in digital technology. But is more technology always good thing? Here's a brief look at the pros and cons of selected digital technologies – with a special focus on clinical research. 

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The Meteoric Rise of (Electronic) Endpoint Adjudication

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in Applied Clinical Trials, clinical trials, Endpoint Adjudication

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Endpoint Adjudication (EA) is having a bit of a moment. 

EA isn't a new concept, really. As long as there have been endpoints in clinical trials, there has been a need to resolve events related to safety and efficacy – and provide standardized endpoint outcomes for those all-important statistical analyses. 

What IS changing, however, is the way EA is performed. What used to be a very manual, time-consuming process is being transformed – along with everything else in our day and age – by the internet (and more specifically, the cloud). Electronic endpoint adjudication is gaining in popularity, quickly. 

Just last week, Applied Clinical Trials put out a call for input on a new survey designed to evaluate the impact of technology on Endpoint Adjudication processes. In their post, they call Endpoint Adjudication "an emerging field" that is "relatively new, but rapidly gaining traction." They also point out that "the adoption of endpoint adjudication as a business process and operational concept seems to be widely unknown and rarely spoken about in the industry." Interesting. We'll be watching this survey closely!

It goes without saying that we're big believers in the power of technology to gain efficiencies in clinical trials.  eCOS has a robust, well-established EA module that's unique in the industry - and we've been offering it for more than 10 years!  Our customers consistently tell us they love it. So much so that 90% of the world's top adjudication centers now use our solution

When you compare paper-based EA processes to digital, the benefits are clear. Check out how much electronic technology can cut timelines in this detailed chart: 

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IBM Closes Deal to Acquire Merge Healthcare

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 13, 2015 1:58:00 PM / by Amy Young posted in Merge eClinical, clinical trials, Merge Healthcare, acquisition, clinical systems, IBM

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Merge to become part of IBM’s new Watson Health business unit

Armonk, NY and CHICAGO – 13 Oct, 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems. Under terms of the $1 billion transaction, Merge shareholders will receive $7.13 per share in cash.

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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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10 Proven Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Trial

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, cost savings, clinical trials, eguide

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The Top Line:

  • Cost reduction measures can be implemented in different phases of a clinical trial and may be direct or indirect in nature.
  • EDC and eClinical platforms offer multiple opportunities to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
  • Thoughtful negotiation and understanding of contract models is essential to avoiding budget overruns.

Trimming study budgets is a good thing, right? Well, yes and no. When you can cut costs without compromising data integrity or accuracy, that's usually a good thing. But when cost cutting is only about saving money no matter what, it can increase frustration, impair quality, damage reputations and end up increasing project costs in the long run.

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