All posts tagged Clinical Research Systems

Frameworks and Fans

Does the NHS need another Information Systems framework to work within? I hope so as we have just published one! The Local Portfolio Management System, Systems of Choice, or LPMS SoC for short. A nice neat short name and matching acronym, so it fits with other frameworks from that point of view! The analogy of… Read More

Open Data is here so how do we do it securely?

Security and research information is a hot topic right now for a number of reasons, not least the transparency agenda and the desire, quite rightly, to be as open as possible about data relating to the conditions and outcomes of clinical trials. However the information security of research data more generally has always been an… Read More

Why our IT implementation is going to be different to the norm!

Having spent many months defining a set of detailed requirements for the building of a new Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS), then many more months creating a specification which, through the hard work of our supplier (Tribal Education Ltd), has slowly become our new Information System we are now on the verge of entering the… Read More

Where, when and from whom inspiration strikes.

Inspirational moments, places and people, they hit you and hit you hard! For me inspiration is what drives innovation, not just of what we create but also in how we think and how we work. I feel very lucky to be in a role where inspiration that leads to innovation is our core reason for… Read More

Presenting is like…

At the moment, whether it’s conference season or just a significant up turn in interest for what we do, I find myself living in Power Point. I even dreamt in Power Point the other night! I presented at a life sciences industry conference last week and made a significant mistake, I got to the end… Read More

Last Call for Datatopia … Boarding Now!

‘Imagine a world’ is a phrase we are using quite a deal at the moment as we try to tell the story of how our information systems will come together in April 2014 to deliver an integrated solution for the performance management of clinical research. In two years time it will be the year that… Read More

Turnaround Projects – The Horror Movie Sequel!

“Turn around, don’t run upstairs, please don’t go in the garage”… all that is missing is, “I will be right back!” the joys of wonderful horror films! Would you ever knowingly take on a failing project with many of those horror film phrases as the advice from colleagues and trusted advisors ringing in your ears,… Read More

Data Visualisation – a 19th Century Case Study

Did you know that the ‘father’ of Epidemiology also created Data Visualisation as we know it today. As we move towards our own “AppCentre” being live and the creation of more Apps within ODP that allow new and exciting insights to be possible from our data, I wanted to share with you an event that… Read More

Overfitting – The most important problem we don’t consider enough!

In statistics the name given to mistaking noise for signal is known as “overfitting”. When delivering new Information Systems the concept is also prevalent, particularly at the stage in delivery that sends shivers down every IS project managers spine, the requirements stage! Trying to “overfit” evolving business needs into a clearly defined and agreed set… Read More

To be a fox, or to be a hedgehog?

I am reading Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise, and a thought struck me about his categorisation of those that can make good forecasts and those that would be best leaving it to luck. He proposes that there are two types of people who forecast; the Hedgehogs amongst us are specialized people, often having… Read More

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