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Adventist Health Deploys Advanced Clinical Research Platform

Adventist Health System and Bio-Optronics partner on CTMS deployment to produce better clinical research results.

Adventist Health System and Bio-Optronics partner for better clinical research.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Bio-Optronics and Adventist Health System (AHS) announced the adoption of the Clinical Conductor Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) at two of AHS’s research institutes.

The deployment includes a CTMS-EHR integration with Cerner Millennium to improve process efficiency and AHS’s overall research quality. AHS implemented Bio-Optronics’ technology streamline medical trials for better workflow and patient experience, resulting in the advancement of medical research.

"Our partnership with Adventist Health System exemplifies the importance of having an integrated, uniquely-configured technology solution at this caliber of research organization," Bio-Optronics CEO Dan Kerpelman said in a statement. "We are excited to help amplify the positive impact research has in the lives of Adventist Health System patients, and look forward to the opportunity to continue the expansion of Clinical Conductor at other facilities throughout the health system."

AHS adopted Clinical Conductor CTMS to provide researchers with better tools to coordinate clinical trials and keep track of collected data. Researchers can come to quicker and more accurate conclusions based on the data collected by integrating Clinical Conductor CTMS with its EHR and other health systems in use.

"The full digitization of clinical trials is foundational to the delivery of high-quality research," AHS Senior Vice President and Florida Division CIO Duncan Grodack said in a statement. "We are passionate about the utilization of best-in-class technologies in our clinical and translational research to advance our imperatives, and this new partnership is reflective of that." 

AHS is able to automate certain processes allowing researchers to spend more time with patients collecting valuable data by digitizing its clinical trials with Clinical Conductor CTMS.

AHS Chief Scientific Officer for Florida Hospital Research Services Dr. Steven Smith says that the organization’s goal is to optimize the process of its clinical trials to reflect its efforts to offer the highest level of care possible.

AHS continues to improve its processes by digitizing and improving its health IT infrastructure. Late last year, the organization made moves to cure its aging legacy IT systems by overhauling its IT infrastructure and deploying Oracle Cloud.

AHS’s dated infrastructure supported more than 30,000 employees and was failing to scale as needed to support new health IT initiatives.

"We wanted to modernize our systems by moving to the cloud, but we also wanted a single, unified solution that comprehensively addressed a wide range of our business areas, with room to grow,” Adventist Health Vice-President Chip Dickinson said in a statement.

AHS implemented Oracle Cloud to optimize its network across financials, procurement and portfolio management, with the ultimate goal of increasing efficiency while reducing cost managing and maintaining its health IT infrastructure.

Foundational infrastructure updates need to be made for organizations to embrace systems that will improve workflow and patient care. Many legacy systems can still support current health IT infrastructure needs. However, many legacy solutions are not applicable to future digitized healthcare.

Healthcare organizations are bringing in new technology, which is costly. Organizations choosing to spend on cloud-based deployments now will have an easier time integrating new technology into their infrastructure and experience lower cost on maintenance when applications are moved to the cloud.

Cloud-based systems are more compatible and easier to integrate. Organizations will have an easier time integrating EHRs and other IT infrastructure tools with future solutions.


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