16
Mar

Q&A Session: ClinCapture Builder Virtual Update on February 19th, 2015

We hosted our latest session of the ClinCapture Virtual Update on February 19th, 2015. Tom Hickerson, Clinovo’s Senior EDC Manager showcased ClinCapture’s self-service platform and drag-and-drop tools, and the latest enhancements added to ClinCapture Build Studio.

The attendees asked a number of questions on ClinCapture’s platform, Forms Studio (CRF designer), features, plans and more. See below a list of questions and answers that were asked during this session.

  • Do you offer online trainings?

Yes. You will see a number of different training options in the “Resources” tab of ClinCapture Builder. You can take advantage of the numerous video tutorials that will guide you through ClinCapture Builder, Forms Studio and Rules Studio. You can also enroll in complimentary ClinCapture eLearning composed of self-service on-demand modules with online quizzes, for five different roles, CRC, Study Monitor, Medical Coder, Study Administrator, and Investigator. In addition, you can also contact us via ClinCapture Builder for hands-on training for you and/or your team.

  • Is there an offline version of Forms Studio available for download?

There is no offline version of Forms Studio available.

  • Is it required to build studies manually? Can we use ODM.xml to build studies or is it possible to use an existing study to create a new one?

The first study will need to be built manually but we can assist you in cloning your studies once the first one has been created.

  • It is possible to publish a full study at once, or does each CRF need to be published separately?

We recommend that you follow the work flow and publish each CRF as it is completed but you are definitely able to start by creating your study, add your CRFs and publish the study once you have all the CRFs created.

  • Is the Forms Studio divider an aesthetic option or does it have an impact on the data structure/format?

The divider is an aesthetic option that allows you to break up your forms. You also have the option to break up your forms by adding another CRF page.

The upcoming session of our one-hour ClinCapture Virtual Update will be hosted on Friday, March 26th at 10am PST. Register for this virtual update at http://www.clinovo.com/virtual-update to see the latest enhancements to EDC system, ClinCapture.

For questions, please contact Molita Sorisho at Molita.Sorisho@clinovo.com.

22
Jan

Q&A Session from ClinCapture Builder Virtual Update on January 9th, 2015

We started the New Year at Clinovo by hosting the latest session of ClinCapture Builder Virtual Update on January 9th, 2015. During the live demo, our Senior EDC Manager Tom Hickerson showcased ClinCapture’s self-service platform and its do-it-yourself edit checks and case report form (CRF) build features recently added to ClinCapture, the only free validated Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system on the market.

The demo followed by a Q&A session to guide clinical trial professionals in their clinical study build efforts. A number of questions were asked by our participants on ClinCapture’s platform, Forms Studio (CRF designer), features and more. See below for a list of questions and answerers that were asked during our ClinCapture Builder Virtual Update on January 9, 2015

  • Is there a way to control which revision of a CRF a site is able to use? Yes. When visits are created in sites, there is an option available to hide all, one or specific numbers of CRF versions from a specific site. This feature is flexible and very easy to use.
  • How can ClinCapture be used for data collection in the medical device industry? ClinCapture is flexible enough that it can collect data taken either from a patient with a medical device during a doctor’s visit, or taken from a patient entering data by themselves with our ePRO solution. Clinovo currently has several medical device companies who actively use ClinCapture.
  • When extracting CRFs from the database, does the CRF version show in the header/footer of the pdf version of the CRF? Yes, the CRF Version number or name will be shown in printouts of the Subject Case Book or other printouts of the data.
  • Can you upload CRFs in Excel, or can they only be created in the form builder? Yes, once you have deployed a study using ClinCapture Builder, you are able to upload CRFs using Excel.  Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out that all the CRFs generate from Form Studio can be downloaded to excel from the CRF page as well.
  • Can you tell me how to make a local installation of Clinovo? As you may know, ClinCapture is open-source and you are welcome to download the ClinCapture application and install it on your system.  You can find out more information here: http://www.clinovo.com/downloads.  Please note however that your installation and system features will need to be validated, an estimated 15 man-month effort, before you can use it to collect and submit data to the FDA.  If you need a validated EDC system, you have the option to use ClinCapture for free or pay a low monthly hosting fee, depending on the features you need and your study size.
  • Can trial data be exported from the system?  If so, in what format(s)? ClinCapture is based on the CDISC ODM XML format, and as such can export your trial data in either that format, or Excel, Tab-separated values, SPSS or SAS.
  • Can we have multiple versions of the same form active in the production databases which are linked to a protocol version so depending upon IRB approval of the protocol can they see different CRFs? ClinCapture does allow different form versions to be active during study collection, and you can specify which of these form versions are visible for a specific site, so you have a great deal of control as to how many or how few versions you can have in your study at any one time.
  • How are partial dates stored? Our system allows you to enter the full date or month/date or the month/year or just a year.
  • Can you only archive one study from a group of studies? No our system will allows you to have more than one study in an instance with an option to archive one or all.
  • Is there a way to demo features in Premium/Ultra plans before switching? Most definitely. Our sales team will be able to demo features that are currently in Premium and Ultra plans.
  • Will all versions of the forms be included when is a study is archived? When archiving forms at the end, you will see a download bottom in your instance with all forms archived. The forms are also sent to you via email so you will always have access to all the forms that you designed.

The upcoming session of our one-hour ClinCapture Virtual Updates will be hosted on February 19th at 10am PST. Register for this Virtual Update at http://www.clinovo.com/virtual-update to see the latest enhancements to EDC system ClinCapture.

19
Sep

Econometric modeling: your questions answered

Several weeks ago, I led a SAS Talks webinar on SAS/ETS emphasizing the many recent changes to the software. SAS/ETS, for those unfamiliar with the product, is SAS’s suite of econometrics, time series and forecasting tools and algorithms. While we covered a substantial amount of material in the talk, there is even more that I didn’t have time to share.

The first place to turn for information on the many recent enhancements to the product is the product documentation:

Those resources are great but may I suggest actually putting your hands on the software? As part of the new SAS Analytics U initiative, we have made our cloud version of SAS freely available to those wishing to use the tool for a learning or teaching purpose.

  • If you would like to access this tool, you can sign up for a free account. The next step is to actually submit code for yourself.
  • For those looking to get started with one of SAS’s newest procedures, try these PROC HPCDM code samples.
  • The SAS/ETS 13.2 User's Guide Sample library has fully self-contained examples of how to run all SAS/ETS procedures. Just copy and paste the information on the page into the SAS Studio browser and you are running SAS code in the cloud. Pretty cool!

There were several excellent questions which were asked during my SAS Talks webinar.  Here are some of the questions and responses.

Q: ­If one listens to the hype one might conclude that with "Big Data" tools, time series and explanatory econometrics are no longer needed. Please comment.

A: This is a great question and one that probably deserves a full post. If you would like to hear my take on the importance of econometric thinking and the dangers of simply worrying about prediction, feel free to watch Econometrics--The Question of "Why?".

Q: Are multiple frequency time series equivalent to multiple (multivariate) time series?

A: A time series with multiple frequencies are different from multivariate time series arising from the same system however the storage of these time series might make them look similar. In both cases, to store these values in one data set, additional columns must be created. In the case of multivariate time series it would not be anticipated that the resulting data set have missing values however, in the case of multiple frequency data, it would be expected.

Q: How do we know what version of SAS/ETS we have?

A: An easy way to do this is to look at the log file immediately after your SAS session begins. The versions are listed. An alternative way is to run this code.

proc product_status;
run;

It will list all your currently licensed products and their corresponding versions.

Q: Can you share the code to estimate a count data regression model with household specific fixed effects from the doctor visit example?

A. Sure.  Notice that the only difference in syntax is the groupid= option on the proc statement.

proc countreg data=a groupid=panelid;
   model visits = x1 x2 x3 / dist= poisson;
run;

Thanks so much and I look forward to sharing highlights from future releases with you.

Ken

tags: SAS Analytics U, sas talks, SAS/ETS software, webinar
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