Hawk IRB Database System: Development & Implementation
Why Do We Need a New Database System?
- Our researchers have to deal with an ever increasing amount of regulatory requirements and procedures that are implemented through a variety of administrative offices and oversight committees.
- Federal Regulations (OHRP, FDA, HIPAA)
- Sponsor Requirements (NIH, pharmaceutical companies, private funding organizations)
- Institutional Requirements (Contracts, Education)
- There may be multiple committees/offices/centers from which faculty must obtain approval before initiating one human subjects research protocol, and many require ongoing review throughout the study.
- To contend with this increasing amount of data and documentation the national trend is towards “paperless” systems.
Development of HawkIRB:
- 2002 & 2003: Received NIH one-year grants to support development of HRPP (Human Research Protection Program) infrastructure including support for development of a new database system.
- Summer 2002 – January/February 2003
- Comprehensive review of available “off-the-shelf” products
- Discussions with multiple University and corporate database developers
- February, 2003-present: University ITS group develops our own in-house system
- February/March 2004: Staged rollout
Key Features of HawkIRB:
- Web-based system
- Researchers have access to all information about their projects
- All review committees in the HRPP can access database system for their own use
- On-line electronic applications which populate the system database
- New Project Applications, Continuing Reviews and Project Closures
- Modifications and Adverse Events
- “Smart” application forms
- Questions change depending on type of study and associated procedures
- Computer edits occur prior to submission
- Live links to guidance documents and instructions
- Attach electronic versions of consent documents, grants, supporting documentation, etc.
- Automated administrative functions
- E-mail reminders to researchers
- Approval notices and stamped consents available in electronic format immediately upon approval (no waiting for campus mail deliveries)
- History of processing workflow from submission to approval
How Do We Effect a Smooth Transition?
- Recognize that this is a BIG change!
- Prepare current researchers with pre-release information and notifications
- Gradual integration of new system
- Initial rollout will be with IRB-02 researchers (Behavioral/Social Science)
- Phase rollout to IRB-02 researchers (Biomedical)
- Provide readily accessible system support for new users
- Hands-on training sessions
- HSO staff available by phone, e-mail, and in person for those having problems/questions