Valleywise Health is a publicly funded teaching hospital system whose academic affairs office serves over 3,000 learners in more than 70 disciplines. The Research Department oversees a robust program of health services, laboratory-based, and clinical research. Carla Pauley, who is the manager of the IRB, came to the position in November 2016 and found a backlog of IRB requests and “piles of paper two-feet high! The department’s administrator had resigned”, Pauley explained, “and the IRB... Read More
Your research administrators and researchers work too hard not to give them the necessary tools to help them be productive. IRB software programs are game-changers in allowing the team to review all forms being submitted and ensure that they are in compliance. In fact, using IRB software provides your staff, faculty, students, and even administrators with the assistance they need to work efficiently. However, not all software programs are created equal. There are key features to look... Read More
Research compliance is of the utmost importance, particularly when you are managing multiple IRBs. Failure to comply with guidelines and regulations can result in fines as well as inaccurate event reporting. Using technology will provide you with the ability to manage all of the protocols. The software solution can even be based online, giving you access to it regardless of where you may be. Mentor IRB is a software solution developed by Axiom... Read More
Another research proposal slides in just under the deadline with the hope that every compliance request has been met. Administrators across research institutions are intimately familiar with that scenario—and know that it does not have to be that way. Research administrators understand that replacing outdated, labor-intensive systems which rely on old formats with a state-of-the-art online research compliance system would save time and money—and,... Read More
Administrators don't always like change from the traditional way to do research compliance and administration. They don't like taking risks and believe things are working just fine as is. Also, they’re accustomed to traditional research compliance methods and don't have much pressure to change. On the other hand, with the knowledge that their department could become much more efficient and productive, they might have a change of heart.
Getting a new research compliance software system can definitely pose challenges. But many tend to overlook the problems that can arise post-implementation, especially in the training phase. Despite the fact these systems are an essential part of a needed digital transformation for IRB, researchers, and IACUC committees, the training can be a sticking point for users. Many become frustrated early in the training... Read More