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What is Clinical Metadata Repository (CMR) and how does it work?

By David Lawrence |

Clinical Metadata Repository, often shortened to CMR, can sound complex and confusing, but in actual fact, it is relatively simple to understand. CMR is a management solution system that is based online and is used by the pharmaceutical industry to uphold its standards across the board, as well as increasing the speed of the study reporting process. It was initially developed in London but has now been implemented across the nation.

Processes of CMR

The CMR process is carried out using raw data like SDTM and ADAM as well as some Analysis Results Metadata. Metadata is the proper word for data that is about data. The Clinical Metadata Repository directs the people using it towards complying with the CDISC, or Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium, an organisation that sets the standards for data taken from medical research, specifically linked to healthcare. This is an important job as it means that the high standards of the pharmaceutical industry are upheld by all of the professionals working under it. As part of this, the Clinical Metadata Repository helps to assist in the process which governs standards by managing all of the metadata provided into a standards hierarchy. It promotes the re-use of metadata and therefore saves professionals using the interface a lot of time.

CMR was designed and built using the latest cutting-edge technology. All the technologies used were enterprise-grade. Throughout its development, the creation team maintained a strong focus on security. The information stored within the Clinical Metadata Repository can be very sensitive and it was and is vital that it remained/s private.

Transparency was also key. Making a system that was easy to use was at the centre of the whole process as the end aim was to increase the speed and efficiency of industry-standard implementation. The creation team also made sure the system they built allowed for traceability so that information wouldn't slip through the gaps. Overall, the Clinical Metadata Repository has successfully been built as an intuitive system that promotes collaboration and meticulousness.


David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.

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