On September 12, 2013, The Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM) held their annual meeting at the Media Plaza, Jaarbeurs Utrecht in the Netherlands. The theme, ‘Let’s talk about Value,’ celebrated the implementation of proven results in a clinical practice, the benefits they will bring for patients, and the real value they will add to society and the Dutch economy. The presentations covered all the angles from basic research to implementation in today’s healthcare environment, giving you a unique perspective on end-to-end translational research and its societal and economic impact.
CTMM’s Translational Research IT (TraIT) group, an OpenClinica partner, held a presentation entitled, tranSMART, the TraIT road towards data integration and sustainability. Kees van Bochove (The Hyve) and Remond Fijneman (VUmc) discussed the phenomenal size of the datasets produced in research programs and their distribution over different research laboratories and clinics. These require an informatics infrastructure that allows for a seamless integration and exchange of large amounts of data as well as for complex data analysis. They also discussed the use of OpenClinica’s EDC | CDMS system and how it has enabled the aggregation of much of the data and the extensibility, through web services, to handle all the unique areas of medicine supported by CTMM.