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MHRI remains committed to improving our IT infrastructure with the ongoing work with OnCore, the clinical trials management system. OnCore provides the tools to manage the whole continuum of data during the clinical trial lifecycle. As of October 2017, OnCore has been implemented for 85% of the trials at MedStar. As a joint initiative with Georgetown University, there are also additional protocols in the system from Georgetown study teams.
Over the past three months, there has been a marked increase in both user log-ins and study visits within OnCore. The implementation of OnCore helps both the study teams and the administrative teams. All study visits can be logged into the system, which helps to both track the patient’s study progress and ensures billing compliance.
MHRI is also working to link OnCore to Cerner PowerTrials, a module within the MedStar electronic medical record. These two systems both serve a different purpose within a clinical trial but work with each other to serve study and subject information to the appropriate users. In addition to the advancements made in OnCore and PowerTrials, MHRI will also be implementing a unidirectional connection between OnCore and PeopleSoft in order to streamline the billing process. This custom integration will allow PeopleSoft to be the system of record for accounts receivable and cash management.
MHRI is also in the process of implementing a research pharmacy IT system, Vestigo. The pharmacy at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been using this system for nearly two years. The system implementation is being completed in stages, which began with MedStar Washington Hospital Center in October.
Thank you to all associates who have been part of working groups and training programs for your efforts in ensuring a smooth transition to these systems.