The advantages of Laboratory Information Management systems (LIMS) and Sample Management software include streamlining processes, improving sample quality and compliance. Most of these types of systems are sample-centric. However, there are new approaches emerging in investigative and clinical research that are focusing more on understanding the patient. Therefore, systems unifying patient profiling data with sample information offer increased benefits to labs and biobanks.
Achiever Medical has been combining flexible, secure donor profile data associated with enhanced sample metadata as part of its standard product for over 10 years.
Comprehensive donor profile and lifestyle data can be recorded within Achiever Medical. Advanced security through field-level data encryption ensures only authorised users can view Patient Identifiable Data (PII) such as date of birth or surname, for example. Whilst non-authorised users continue to have access to profile data, such as hair colour, ethnicity and hobby details. They can view and include this data in searches and reports. Where users are not allowed to see sensitive data, it is replaced with an asterisk.
Flexible, easy to use configuration tools allow super users to add additional profile data fields to record enhanced information. This can be extended anytime, as and when the information is required or becomes available. These new fields are automatically made available in system search, query and bulk import tools.
Ensuring you have the appropriate donor informed consent for your research is critical. This is not only from an ethical perspective but legal too. Achiever Medical’s enhanced informed consent management capabilities allow you to track active consent and any exclusions (opt-outs). This can be stored at patient, project, clinical trial and study level. Any opt-outs are highlighted on a donor’s samples, along with any missing consent that is required.
The withdraw consent process prompts users to ensure all materials associated with the donor are destroyed. This also includes where the donor’s biological tissue is part of a Tissue Microarray (TMA). Both the withdraw and destruction processes are automatically audited.
Achiever Medical enables the categorising of diagnosis data using SNOMED or ICD codes against each patient. Further information including date of diagnosis and associated notes can also be captured. Patient treatment and medication history data can be also be managed. This enhanced information can easily be used when searching for samples for use in research and interactive dashboards when analysing data including results.
Unlike other applications, Achiever Medical’s advanced disease profiling tools allow you to define different diseases and allocate specific data markers. Episode data is also to monitor and track disease progress. Thereby allowing you to record data relevant to the disease, such as stages and biomarkers, and simplifying data entry for the user. Disease data entry forms are dynamically drawn based on the disease profile data defined. Both internal and external researchers can combine disease profiles with sample data when sourcing biological material for use in Achiever Medical.
Using this advanced data profiling information allows researchers to focus in on their target donor set as well as exclude specific samples or donors as necessary. Combining this data further with Achiever Medical’s informed consent management ensures that any sourced material complies with the appropriate consent.
If you are using Achiever Medical to manage your clinical trials, this data can be further utilised to help you analyse trial participants. Further, it can be used to identify potential participants for future trials.
In addition, Achiever Medical delivers Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capability to further enhance patient profiling as well as manage suppliers and partners. View our blog – Advantages of CRM in Biobanking and Sample Management software – for more information.
It may be appropriate to review your patient and sample data processes when upgrading your LIMS or Sample Management software. Our team can review your requirements and demonstrate Achiever Medical to help you identify the benefits for your team. Contact us to arrange a complimentary solution review or consultancy session.