OpenClinica Central User Training – Brussels – October 15-18

Don’t miss OpenClinica’s Central User training course in Brussels, from October 15 – 18!

Register now, seats are filling up!

Register for Training

About the course:

Our most popular course, OpenClinica “Central User” Training delivers a 4-day intensive experience for people who need to learn about using OpenClinica from all types of user perspectives. This course is ideal for someone who wants to become an OpenClinica super user or will be responsible for training/teaching/supporting their colleagues. Classes are highly interactive and incorporate exercises and tailored instruction. We also regularly organize private classes as needed.

Register at:

https://www.openclinica.com/open-enrollment-training

We hope to see you in Belgium!

Warm Regards,
The OpenClinica Team

Webinar: Tablet-based Offline EDC for OpenClinica – July 24

Offline Data Capture for OpenClinica – Demo of Mi-Forms Tablet Integration with OpenClinica

Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Attend this webinar to see, first hand, the use of tablets in offline, disconnected settings to capture and verify CRF data, and transmit them back into OpenClinica. See how the Mi-Forms/OpenClinica integration allows for easy design, deployment and verification of data at the point of capture.

RegisterButtonAt this webinar you’ll discover how to:

  • Enable multi-site offline data capture
  • Reduce query rates & speed trial completion
  • Cut clinical trial costs with mobile data capture

Presenters:
Ben Baumann, OpenClinica COO
Chris DiPierro, Mi-Co Director of Software Development
Gautham Pandiyan, Mi-Co VP of Sales & Marketing

OC13 Wrap Up – The Fruits of an Awesome Community

DSC02823It’s hard to believe that OpenClinica’s Global Conference, OC13 happened one week ago. What a memorable experience! Excellent sessions, great workshops, and an amazing Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise–here’s a recap:

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Doug Bain delivered a insightful keynote presentation that challenged attendees on how to think about about patient engagement in today’s clinical trials. The discussion looked at the use of social media and the many systems and websites such as WebMD, PatientsLikeMe, etc., that are regularly referenced by patients and how this trend is setting new standards for communication.

DSC02816The multitude of OC13 sessions were delivered by an incredibly diverse background of presenters. With presenters from Africa,  Netherlands, Germany and Japan and wide representation from both industry and academia, a wide breadth of relevant, helpful and interesting topics were covered.

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Visit the conference page to view presentation slides.

I will be posting photos on Facebook highlighting the event. If you are not currently linked to our Facebook account, please “like” us and feel free to post and share your OC13 experiences.

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Thank you for attending and making OC13 a great event! Until next year!

– Rob

Doug Bain – OpenClinica Keynote address – Boston, 6/21/2013

Doug Bain - CEO and Co-Founder

Doug Bain is proud to be invited to give the keynote address at the annual OpenClinica User group meeting schedule for Friday 21st June in Boston – just prior to the annual DIA 2013.

“As a former developer of an open source EDC solution,  I have the greatest respect for the work completed, and success that OpenClinica have had in recent years.   It is very difficult to get an Open Source solution off the ground, and to gain a critical momentum to move the solution forward.   Despite working within a tightly regulated environment, with an audience often verging on the conservative when approaching technology,  the platform has evolved and extended with a solid user base.

One of the areas I will be focusing on during my keynote address is the field of Patient Engagement.  In the development of technologies, we have often fallen back to a role of attempting to replicate a paper world.  To some extent, we have done this with CRFs.  We have stuck the ‘e’ on the front to create eCRF’s…  but have we really changed how clinical trials function?

I look forward to meeting the OpenClinica community, and to discuss the opportunities that exist for reaching out and involving patients more intimately in research.”

Doug Bain, CEO, eClinicalHealth Limited.

OC13 Boston – Less than a month to go!

Please excuse our excitement! There’s less than one month to go for OC13 — if you haven’t registered, now is the time to do it. Come learn about the world’s most widely used clinical trial software. All are welcome — whether you’re new to OpenClinica or already a seasoned expert.

  • Improve your effectiveness
  • Hone your skills at workshops
  • Hear case studies and best practices
  • Establish valuable connections

We looking forward to seeing you in Boston!

Odyssey Cruise
After a jam-packed day of presentations, tutorials, case studies and workshops, enjoy a relaxing dinner and drinks aboard the Odyssey. Explore Boston from the vantage point of this historical harbor. Sign up.Odyssey Cruise Ship

A Fresh Perspective on Upcoming OpenClinica Events

GrassGuy_KickedBackWhat a great time of year! The sun is out and the flowers, trees, and grass are blooming. There is no better time to spread the news about our fresh perspective on electronic data capture.

What are we up to?

  • We’ll be at SCT – Society for Clinical Trials 34th Annual Meeting in Boston next week, talking with over 650 professionals dedicated to the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials.
  • Going to Shanghai! We will be holding our Central User training in Shanghai, China from May 28-31. This follows the DIA China Annual meeting, where OpenClinica was featured in numerous presentations.
  • We hope to see you at the OC13 Global Conference in Boston on June 21. We have an exciting lineup of great workshops, sessions, demos and training classes–there is something useful for everyone. We are really looking forward to the Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise for a chance to kick back after the event and visit with our OpenClinica friends. Sign up! You don’t want to miss this.
  • Capping off our spring events and immediately following OC13 is DIA 2013 in Boston, June 23-27. We are bracing ourselves for 7,000 life science professionals converging on our booth to take in our fresh perspective and enjoy some espresso, demonstrations and some very competitive games of cornhole (yes, this is a real game!). We have some great giveaways and prizes in an outdoor-themed space. Will you be there? If so, stop by Booth #122 and have some fun.

OpenClinica Next Generation

EnterpriseDo you want to boldly go where OC is going? Engage! Check out Nick Sophino’s blog on next generation OpenClinica. This is where to find information on prototype design and development for OpenClinica Next Generation. Nick is going to be showing off this work at OC13 so be sure to check out his session!

Throw a few steaks on the grill and kick back and enjoy the season. And, remember to always look for a fresh perspective.

Warm Regards,
Rob

New OpenClinica Developer Release: Revamped Print Module

A new developer release is available for OpenClinica. While it contains a number of significant improvements, one of the more fundamental changes is a reconstruction of OpenClinica’s print CRF functionality. To date, all printable screens resembled the existing web form interface for the eCRF, whereas now, this engine has been completely redesigned to more closely follow industry standard for printable views of web forms.

Why This Matters To Developers

Ok, I get it. You are a developer, so what’s the big deal about being able to send CRFs to the printer?  It is the technology behind this improvement that will hopefully catch your attention. Important changes have been occurring in the sphere of web apps, and I don’t mean just a sprinkling of AJAX here and there along with a UI that looks like Facebook. The real revolution goes much deeper.

Setting a precedent for OpenClinica: Completely Decoupled Client Technology using Web Services

The notion is simple. Create a browser-based client with the same decoupled technology that a iOS or Android mobile client requires. In plain English, this means that only data is sent back and forth between the client and the server. Just as is expected with a native OS mobile client, the browser-based client never relies on the server to generate or send any part of itself except when the URL is first accessed and loaded into the browser. The client is therefore completely decoupled and can be in complete control of their own state. This results in a more reliable, speedier, feature-packed, and easier to maintain platform for both the client and server. Another way to put it … in the not too distant future, our 400 or so JSP pages will be replaced by one or two main HTML templates and about a dozen small (less than 100 lines each) HTML component files.  But for now, take a look at our printable CRF design as an example of the way forward.

Getting to the Point: REST, JSON, JQuery, HTML, and CSS

What follows is a description of the processing path that starts with a REST URL and ends with a printable CRF.

  1. A user will click on a print icon that is part of many of the CRF view forms. The RESTful URL referenced in the link will be in the form of rest/metadata/html/print/{StudyOID}/{StudyEventOID}/{FormDefOID}. Using this combination, a wildcard asterisk character (*) can be placed as a specifier for all studies, all study events, and all CRFs, respectively.
  2. The first path element in the URL named “rest,” indicates that this is handled by our implementation of org.akaza.openclinica.web.restful.ODMMetadataRestResource, our Jersey JAX-WS controller servlet. The “metadata” in the second path element indicates that is for metadata only and no clinical data will be transmitted. The “html” in the third path element indicates that this will result in a rather simple JSP page at /WEB-INF/jsp/printcrf.jsp. This JSP page is the container for the JQuery code that will make a second REST call to the back-end to retrieve the CDISC ODM in JSON form and is also the container for the Javascript and JQuery code that converts the information contained in the ODM JSON into an HTML DIV element with the rendered printable CRF.
  3. The AJAX call that the Javascript method getPrintableContent() in js/app.js references is a URL in the form of rest/metadata/json/view/{StudyOID}/{StudyEventOID}/{FormDefOID}. It is the 3rd path element of “json” which indicates that the same ODMMetadataRestResource servlet will now fetch the relevant ODM XML metadata, convert it to JSON, and send it back to the callback portion of getPrintableContent(). In the callback portion, a call to app_odmRenderer.renderPrintableStudy() kicks off the process by which JavaScript inspects the JSON ODM object returned by the server and builds a DOM element that represents the portion of the metadata that is meant to be displayed as one or more CRFs.
  4. The DOM HTML is rendered with the help of JQuery Templates. This allows HTML fragments such as template/print_item_def.html, which are initially loaded in memory, to be combined with certain extracted key/value pairs to render an individual or list of components.

What’s on the Horizon

This first release extends to printing blank CRFs. Then, we will work to extend this to handle printing CRFs containing clinical data and very large printable form sets. The process described above will be similar, with the exception that all large documents, typically over 100 pages long, will be rendered using a Java rendering class that builds off of Velocity templates. The resulting server-side HTML page will be converted to a downloadable PDF.

– Nick Sophinos, Senior Developer

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OpenClinica to present at DIA China Annual Meeting

There are numerous opportunities to learn about OpenClinica at the upcoming 5th DIA China Annual Meeting <http://www.diahome.org/en/Meetings-and-Training/Find-Meetings-and-Training/Meeting-Details.aspx?ProductID=31144> . The conference, held at the Beijing International Convention Center, runs from May 12-15. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 participants and is the largest annual meeting held by DIA in the Asia and Pacific region.

OpenClinica representatives will be hosting an exhibit as well delivering three poster presentations and one lecture:

  • CDISC Standards to Enhance Clinical Trial Efficiency
  • The Importance of Validated EDC System to Ensure Quality of Data
  • Electronic Data Capture (EDC): Providing A Significant Cost-Efficient Platform In Current Clinical Research Management
  • The Adoption of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) for Clinical Trial Data Management in China – The Case of ATHENA Healthcare Consultancy

Be sure to stop by the OpenClinica booth A18 to learn about new developments with the leading open source clinical trial software.

Coming up soon, OpenClinica will be running a public, open enrollment training class in Shanghai (June 4-7). More information <https://www.openclinica.com/open-enrollment-training> .

OC13 – OpenClinica 2013 Global Conference draws clinical research community to Boston

OC13 is an educational event open to anyone looking to obtain insight into the OpenClinica clinical trial software platform, learn useful new skills, and build relationships within the vibrant OpenClinica community. This year’s event features best practices, case studies, demos, and hands-on activities. View the conference program to choose from a list of valuable sessions such as: “Utilizing CDISC Standards to Drive Efficiencies in Study Set-up and Build,” and “The Changing Face of Clinical Trials – Patient-Centered Research,” to a sneak peak at exciting future developments for OpenClinica.

Attendees can also choose to participate in a set of hands-on workshops and training classes. These workshops deliver highly-relevant information on key subjects such as regulatory compliance and validation, web services and integration, edit checks and rules, and moving from paper to electronic data capture (EDC). For a more thorough understanding of OpenClinica, you can take full “Central User” or “Developer” training on this robust platform.

Early bird registration is available until March 22.

Kicking-off the conference as keynote speaker is Douglas Bain, a recognized veteran in the eclinical industry who has worked in a leadership role with many prominent clinical research technology leaders. In his address, Mr. Bain will focus on the emerging dynamics of patient-centered clinical trials.

“I am thrilled to deliver the keynote at this year’s OpenClinica conference,” said Mr. Bain. “Clinical research modalities are changing, and I look forward to sharing my insights into where things are headed with such an innovative community.”

Conference attendees are invited aboard the Odyssey for a dinner cruise and unique views of the city from Boston Harbor.

Also in Boston, immediately following OC13, is the 49th DIA Annual Meeting, June 23-27 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

About OpenClinica

OpenClinica is the leading open source clinical trials software platform, and increases the quality and pace of clinical research worldwide. With a global community of users and thousands of implementations, OpenClinica presents a compelling way to obtain greater value in clinical trials. The OpenClinica software is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based OpenClinica, LLC, who provides commercial grade support for the open source platform. For more information – including product downloads – visit http://www.openclinica.com or follow @OpenClinica on Twitter.