Akaza Research will be releasing a maintenance update of OpenClinica 3.0, which by itself probably does not illicit much excitement. Usually maintenance releases only fix small bugs and offer little noticeable improvements to a user’s overall experience. However, 3.0.1 will offer a dramatic improvement for a user’s experience with regards to the amount of time it takes Rules to run on a CRF.
Users of previous versions of OpenClinica would reach pain points when trying to save data entered onto certain CRFs if the study build had applied very complex Rules on a particular CRF section. For example, if the system had to check more than 10 variables to ensure one particular field had accurate data, the user might experience a save time of 2 or even 3 minutes in some circumstances. In a test environment, we were actually able to create a scenario where the CRF save time took 19 minutes!
As part of 3.0.1, among other things, we have dramatically improved the save time of a CRF with complex Rules. For instance, in the extreme scenario utilized in our test environment, we were able to cut the save time from 19 minutes down to 10 seconds. That is about a 11,400% improvement! For more typical users who were experiencing 2 or 3 minute save times, this has been cut to 3-5 seconds.
We are committed to improving the performance of OpenClinica, and can even offer faster experiences to the users of the OpenClinica Enterprise Edition. Please see our website for the differences between the Enterprise and Community versions of OpenClinica.
OpenClinica 3.0.1 will be out next week!