Software will help researchers manage, track clinical research

The system’s tracking capabilities will enable clinical research investigators across Stanford to more efficiently manage projects and programs.

Stanford is implementing a universitywide system for managing clinical research to make it easier for researchers to track studies, monitor participant recruitment and manage and share data.

The system is based on OnCore Enterprise Research software from Forte Research Systems, and its deployment is being overseen by Spectrum (the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education) and the Stanford Center for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine. The Stanford Cancer Institute has used this system since 2005, and its technical team will be assisting Spectrum and SCCR in the launch.

“Our goal is to streamline Stanford’s clinical trial processes so that our investigators can spend more time on research and less on paperwork,” said Harry Greenberg, MD, the medical school’s senior associate dean for research and the director of Spectrum.

“We are eager to provide the tools necessary to support and enhance the clinical research enterprise in the Department of Medicine and across the university, and we’re delighted to be partnering with Spectrum on this important initiative,” said Kenneth Mahaffey, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine and vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Medicine.

The OnCore system’s tracking capabilities will enable investigators across Stanford to more efficiently manage clinical research projects and programs. Over the years, the Stanford Cancer Institute has made great strides in adapting system modules to seamlessly work with enterprise software tools used at Stanford.

Also, by moving Stanford to an industry-standard management platform, it will be easier for investigators to participate in multicenter and industry-sponsored clinical trials.

Pilot testing of the system will begin this summer in select divisions within the Department of Medicine. Later in the year, the system will be rolled out to other divisions in that department and in the Department of Pediatrics, with universitywide availability beginning in 2016. Additional functions will be launched in future phases. For more information, contact Spectrum’s process improvement manager, Yona Shulaker at

This project is currently supported by Spectrum, which is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the NIH and SCCR.

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