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IDBS Releases Latest Cloud-Based Research Platform for Health IT

IDBS launches its latest research and development platform, the cloud-based E-Workbook to help uses better access to real-time data from anywhere.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Last week, IDBS launched its enterprise, cloud-based platform, the E-Workbook Cloud to assist organizations meeting the strenuous future challenges of research and development (R&D) data management.

The E-Workbook cloud allows organizations to enable settings allowing them to build up their cloud needs for R&D as cloud needs grow. The cloud solution features eight intuitive modules organizations can select to meet their unique research needs, along with access to all of their data modules in one integrated platform.

The E-Workbook uses data capture and analysis tools, integrated work and resource planning tools to meet external and hybrid research needs. The platform is designed for easy usability and integration among systems from different vendors.

E-Workbook users can access the platform from any device as long as they can connect to the network, allowing them continued access to real-time data for write-ups and analytics. The platform also calls for easier sharing among on-premise and remote workers by speeding up data exchange rates and increasing productivity.

“As a complete software as a service (SaaS) solution, The E-WorkBook Cloud lets customers select the specific capabilities for their unique business needs, whilst removing the requirement to invest in hardware and support staff to host applications – ensuring customers can easily scale according to their needs and vastly reduce their infrastructure costs,” said Scott Weiss, Vice President of Product Strategy at IDBS.

“With The E-WorkBook Cloud, our customers also get access to new features and updates far sooner a traditional on-premise system allows – improving service and end-user satisfaction. Additionally, The E-WorkBook Cloud schedules automatic backups without user intervention, ensuring the integrity and security of critical data.”

The eight modules organizations can choose from include:

  • ELN: R&D informatics technology for enterprise data management.
  • Integrations: APIs that allow customers integrate existing systems, instruments or technologies into the E-WorkBook Cloud.
  • Assay: allows users to create assay templates, ensure consistency in data entry and manage data and generate reports
  • Inventory:  a fully integrated, simple-to-use solution to seamlessly manage in one place samples, materials and equipment to improve laboratory efficiency and address compliance requirements.
  • Connect: a combination of capabilities designed specifically to support business-to-business collaboration, covering scientific task management, research content submission and review, and communication with simple push features to ensure collaborative data becomes part of an enterprise’s core data asset
  • Biology: integrated tools to support biomolecule research and development (coming shortly)
  • Chemistry: an intuitive interface that supports comprehensive workflows for organic chemists
  • Request: a work orchestration and scheduling tool that allows scientists to organize complex project pipelines and assign work to internal or external individuals (coming shortly)

Healthcare organizations interested in using the data collected from electronic health records (EHRs), connected medical devices, and other means, will benefit from having a cloud-based R&D platform that allows many different programs and applications easily integrate so clinicians and researchers can more easily make connections between data collected by different sources.

As healthcare organizations are discovering ways to handle the influx of data, organizations and government agencies are preparing to use the data for R&D initiatives that apply to population health and precision medicine.

A recent legislation signed into law last month created by the 21st Century Cures Act, brings billions of dollars in research funding into precision medicine research. The law addresses the state of medical research and development including patient engagement in the drug development process and expanding the pathways for testing and marketing new therapies.

Increased funding in addition to advanced R&D platforms such as E-Workbook could significantly shorten the life cycle of drug trials through the approval process.  

Cloud computing is beginning to become the standard for all health IT infrastructure solutions to assist organizations in integrating data more efficiently and effectively for analytic purposes allowing organizations to better communicate with remote clinicians and researchers to produce quicker and more accurate results.


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