Pathology Lab and Health Information Exchange Partner with iSpecimen® to Bring COVID-19 Specimens to Researchers
LEXINGTON, Mass., Dec. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Through the iSpecimen Marketplace™, medical researchers can now access a new daily source of biospecimens from patients who have recently taken COVID-19 tests and consented to release their de-identified data. These biospecimens, including nasopharyngeal swabs, come with de-identified data from patients' medical records that is important to researchers.
The remnant test samples are made available through a new alliance among iSpecimen; Doctors Pathology Services (DPS), a pathology lab serving the mid-Atlantic region of the United States; and the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) health information exchange. All three are working together to make biospecimens from DPS's lab and associated data sets from DHIN available via the iSpecimen Marketplace to researchers worldwide who need them.
The newly available specimen-data combinations will support researchers working on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.
"There's great demand for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, and there's no reason researchers should wait weeks or even months for specimens before getting to work," said iSpecimen Founder and CEO Christopher Ianelli, MD, Ph.D. "Our mission is to simplify not only the collection of samples, but all the processes around the procurement, including data annotation, contracting, compliance, and delivery. We look forward to expanding our relationship with DPS and DHIN to cover more specimens, data, patients, conditions, and healthcare organizations to help accelerate medical progress in every way that we can."
Technology integration streamlines data sharing, enriches research
iSpecimen worked closely with DHIN to integrate COVID-19 test results into the iSpecimen Marketplace. As a result, DPS and other DHIN data-sending organizations participating in the iSpecimen Marketplace program do not have to integrate their own data sets directly with the iSpecimen Marketplace.
The integration gives researchers new real-time access to de-identified medical history data and associated specimens on consenting patients collected from DHIN data-sending organizations participating in the iSpecimen Marketplace program. The electronic data sharing eliminates the manual transcription of medical record data, decreasing the likelihood of procurement delays, gaps and errors.
"The value of clinical data extends beyond the immediate value of supporting direct patient care," said Jan Lee, MD, CEO of DHIN. "With informed patient consent, aggregated data can also help to match clinical specimens with specific research criteria – in this case, for developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines."
Using the de-identified data from DHIN, researchers using the iSpecimen Marketplace can quickly discover biospecimens that are available from DHIN's data-sending members. The Marketplace then fields researchers' specific requests and matches them to lab samples available at DPS that are no longer needed for clinical care. iSpecimen's technology then alerts DPS to collect, pack, and ship the selected specimens to iSpecimen or directly to its researcher clients.
DPS manages 30,000 patient encounters a year and is one of the nation's largest pathology practices providing services to ambulatory surgical centers.
Since 2017, the iSpecimen Marketplace has streamlined biospecimen discovery, access, procurement, contracting, compliance and delivery, helping to accelerate research and provide additional revenue to health care organizations.
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