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Harvard-Affiliated Dana-Farber Reaps CIO 100 Award

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CIO Magazine has named the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute a 2008 CIO 100 Award winner. The magazine presents the award to 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. The winners were announced in the magazine’s Aug. 15 issue.

The award recognizes Dana-Farber for its implementation of a system to collect clinical research study data electronically. Dana-Farber clinicians and researchers had been using a paper-based system to compile data and generate reports, but the process was time-consuming and there was a margin for inaccurate data input.

Dana-Farber’s electronic data capture system uses Phase Forward’s InForm Integrated Trial Management software to collect all data and generate documents electronically. This software allows for greater organization and immediate sharing of data. Previously, data could take four to eight weeks to be accessed.