The National Cancer Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology has released version 2.0 of its caBIG Clinical Trials Suite of management applications.

The applications are part of the institute's work to connect patients, researchers, institutions and data through its caBIG network. The institute and industry stakeholders in 2007 launched caBIG, a Web-based national network for researchers also known as the "cancer BioMedical Informatics Grid" (see healthdatamanagement.com/issues/20070201/14625-1.html).

Open source tools in version 2.0 of the Clinical Trials Suite include:

* A Web-based clinical participant registry to streamline patient registration into clinical trials;
* A patient study calendar to manage participant schedules;
* A reporting system to manage collection and reporting of adverse event data obtained during clinical trials;
* An integration hub, called caXchange, to ease the linking of components within and outside of the Clinical Trials Suite;
* A lab viewer to view data in transit between clinical source systems and clinical trials systems; and
* A clinical connector to act as a conduit between the Clinical Trials Suite and other clinical data management systems.

The Clinical Trials Suite can be downloaded as a single bundled application or as individual components, at https://cabig-kc.nci.nih.gov/CTMS/KC/index.php/CCTS.

--Joseph Goedert

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