Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is one of the largest acute teaching trusts in the UK.
NUH set up the Nottingham Health Science Biobank as a large scale biobank holding high quality tissues to support pioneering research. Key to the programme was a sophisticated biobank management system to realise objectives, implement best practice and ensuring HTA compliance.
ISL carried out user-training with NUHT, while ICT commissioned the servers. ISL also carried out all ETL (Extract-Translate-Load) work, initial configuration, and implementation in time for a successful go-live. The NUHT biobank team then went through a full HTA audit within three days of go-live and received a glowing HTA assessment.
Newcastle University is a public research university and member of the prestigious Russell Group, with one of the largest EU research portfolios in the UK. Research is conducted across 40 research institutes and research centres, with 38 of its submitted research areas identified as ‘world leading’ by the latest 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
An efficient tissue management system was required that delivered full compliance with applicable legislation (Human Tissue Act, Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information, etc.) without introducing administrative burden on users. Thy system must also maximise visibility of tissue holdings and auditing data, allow the adoption of 2D barcoding for newly collected samples and provide a public web portal through which external researchers can browse and request tissue samples and make applications for prospective tissue collection.
“The University of Leeds chose to implement Achiever Medical in order to facilitate the safe and secure storage and management of human tissues used for research. It is in use on the main University campus and within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. We passed our HTA inspection in 2013 and it was commented in the final report that the system enables good practice for tissue tracking.
It has enabled multiple teams to move away from excel based record keeping to a robust database system, which in turn reduces potential for human error and loss of data. Removing manual audit tasks and the automation of repetitive data entry has created time for both clinicians and laboratory workers. This allows for more research and less concern about legislative compliance.”
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Prof Dr Schadendorf, Direktor der Klinik für Dermatologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen:
“We now hold over 8000 patients and 200000 samples within our Achiever Medical database. Achiever Medical has empowered our teams in both clinical and lab environments, giving us the ability to securely manage intricate details at patient level, whilst maintaining patient confidentiality and still allowing appropriate users to create complex queries for reporting. Our users have played an active role in contributing to product development which means they benefit directly from the Achiever Medical roadmap.
The product is infinitely flexible and we have full confidence in it being able to meeting any requirement we may have in future. We would recommend Achiever Medical to all organisations looking to manage patient and/or sample data – whether implementing their first system, or looking for a solution with more advanced features.”
Carolin Lindinger and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cord Sunderkötter MD, Münster:
“Achiever Medical enabled us to set up a large database with distinct use for both clinical and scientific work and with the possibility to allow defined access by other institutions nationwide. One of its appealing features is its expandability as we can exploit the same user interface for different diseases (e.g. in melanoma and infections) with individually defined parameters of interest.”
Prof. Dr. med. Selma Ugurel, Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg:
“Having been involved in the system since the early stages of concept and design, we are very happy with Achiever Medical’s flexible database structure and evolving functionality. For the last five years the system has been used extensively to record detailed patient clinical data and to link this to biological samples giving us valuable information for bio-marker projects. This was something we could not easily do with the in-house databases that Achiever Medical has replaced. Our users are pleased with the system’s sophisticated search and data interrogation capabilities and over time we hope to be involved in extending the use of the system for other diseases. The system is mature and robust and critical to our daily operations”