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T 13: Going Beyond Data Virtualization: Advancing Research with a Transformational Informatics Platform

Poster Presenter

      Rick Hart

      • Director of Global Technology Solutions
      • BioStorage Technologies
        United States


A collaborative data integration initiative with a leading academic research center to integrate biospecimen inventories with demographic, phenotypic and EHR data to improve knowledge sharing of sample assets across the enterprise and to accelerate research and translational research initiatives.


ORAL PRESENTATION SCHEDULED: Session 1B at 12:10 - 12:20 PM

The poster will highlight how a clinical and translational science institute (CTSI) in a leading medical academic research center integrated patient demographic and EHR, donor and sample data across their research enterprise in order to accelerate research and personalized medicine initiatives.


The poster will show examples of the process and journey taken to achieve optimal utilization and identification of the best biological samples for future research. The project entailed the assessment and linking of several disparate departmental database systems (~20 stakeholders within the research enterprise). Deliverables for the project took approximately 10 months from initiation to providing visual insights to the enterprise. Resulting in the connection of scientific sample assets across the research enterprise, providing visibility of all sample assets/data, increased effeciencies in sample process, freezer utilization, capacity planning, business continuity and inventory consolidation. The result was better enterprise data collaboration among research groups and optimization of enterprise sample assets.


Gain an understanding on how this advanced technology solution supported the identification of the best biological samples for conducting future clinical and translational research. Learn how an advanced customized visualization platform was built to support researchers and internal biobank service personnel in accelerating access to and optimizing sample research assets. The benefits of this project include: • Expanded visibility to integrated sample and research data by both internal biobank service providers and researcher via data dashboards • Improved efficiencies in biobanking processes, freezer utilization, equipment validations, capacity planning, business continuity, and inventory consolidation • Identified the need for a sample curator and resource manager roles to reduce research time in management of samples and provided capacity management of sample storage • Enhanced support of biospecimen asset optimization for future medical research by enabling sample sharing with the enterprise • Ability to recover costs, share sample assets and data with other collaborative research organizations to fund future research through the building of an improved technology interface for an eMarketplace with the tissue bank

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