ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Quality clinical research is dependent upon sound data management practices - clean clinical data structured specifically for the research project. The 1000+ OBGYN Consortium used the Symport research data management platform (www.symportresearch.com/1000-obgyn/) to monitor and reduce maternal and early neonatal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Symport provided electronic data capture and a data-sharing network for the 1000+ OBGYN Consortium, which is funded by the World Bank and led by Dr. Frank Anderson of the University of Michigan. The Consortium uses Symport to collect, store and share data with research collaborators, public health organizations, and governments worldwide.
When the 1000+ OBGYN Initiative started, healthcare professionals from 14 countries worked with multiple disparate and unorganized record books to collect data from pregnant women at clinics across SSA. The fragmented data made it difficult for the Consortium to get reliable information from each site and measure the impact of their interventions on clinical outcomes.
Symport created digital forms and offline data collection templates to capture maternal health statistics and pregnancy outcomes data from 200 pregnant women at clinics in Kumasi, Ghana. This data was then de-identified in Symport and shared with collaborators worldwide to identify the most effective ways to improve maternal and neonatal health. Data that used to take two months to compile and share can now be accessed on demand.
"Symport helped us collect longitudinal data on patients, from the time they were admitted to the time they were discharged, in a methodologically sound way with data that we can trust."
- Dr. Frank Anderson, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator of the 1000+ OBGYN Initiative
Learn more about Dr. Anderson's experience with Symport in this video interview: https://youtu.be/UN0r8MFplTo
Dr. Anderson's work with Symport was recently featured at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) 2015 World Congress in Vancouver, showcasing how healthcare professionals in the 1000+ OBGYN Consortium use collaborative databases to collect, clean, and share data. View the FIGO presentation on Symport here: www.slideshare.net/AlexVanDerKolk/1000-obgyn-and-symport-figo-2015-world-congress-presentation
With Symport, the 1000+ OBGYN Consortium can make data-driven decisions to improve public health throughout SSA and achieve their ultimate goal of eliminating preventable maternal and neonatal mortality by 2030.
Symport is collaborative database software that helps research teams manage datasets in the cloud. Academic medical centers, healthcare providers, and research organizations use Symport to centralize and secure research data in HIPAA-compliant online databases. Get quality data - to the right people - from anywhere. Symport is a product of Mountain Labs, a start-up founded to simplify data for all healthcare professionals. For more information about Symport or Mountain Labs, please visit our websites at www.symportresearch.com and www.mntnlabs.com.
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