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Bringing OrthoWave to Asia and Pacific Areas: The OW2GO project

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 13 March 2016

 

 

Toward a Set Up of National Registries in Asia-Pacific Countries Upon Orthopaedic Implants within the Aegis of APAC-Med: the OrthoWave Proposal

APAC: ASIA PACIFIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION

Health care and its many complexities are changing weekly, if not daily all over the world, and in particular in Asia and Pacific countries. As a moving target, each National health care system and what it will be in 2 years or 10 years is difficult to predict based upon a number of variables, the vast majority over which we have little control. However, one underlying theme has and always will be constant in medicine: the need to understand if our treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, actually work. And, if they do not, we must ask, “Why not?”. Providing answers makes not only scientific sense but pragmatic and economic sense as well. Answering this question meaningfully with respect to specific treatments is the crux of the matter; the proper application of software, hardware, and relational databases when properly designed and understood by its users can help us in evaluating complex issues surrounding the answers to this critical question.

The mission of APACMed is to improve the standards of care through innovative collaborations among stakeholders to jointly shape the future of healthcare in Asia Pacific. Based upon this very enthusiastic means of “shaping the future of healthcare”, we would like to introduce our computerized outcomes studies tool, the OrthoWave™ on line software suite (ARIA Ltd, Houdain, France) which would be able after 20 years of successful use in Europe, to bring a consistent, proven, and efficient mechanism to the Asia-Pacific countries in an attempt to harness the complexities of outcomes research by focusing on orthopaedic implants placed in extremities of patients at a rate and volume known to no other registry in the world.
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Best Wishes for the coming years with OrthoWave

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 6 January 2013
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It has been a long time we have not posted anything on this Community Blog. We are terribly sorry for that and sincerely apologize. In fact we have not stopped to work on new improvements and extensions to the OW program, and will soon be able to present some new exciting features through our Community web pages. Read More

Keep working on your OW DataBase, even in the plane!…

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 25 September 2010

Thanks to the current secured Web-based on line version of OrthoWave, all issues related to security systems in Hospitals and Clinics upon firewalls and other proxies, preventing from convenient direct access to the former on line Java Server, have been totally cleared. The current “Ajax” version actually allows for storing both program and data on the server in accordance with a “cloud computing” principle, via a secured https web system. It was then consistent to keep only the on line version on duty, this version being able to afford better management and sharing of these data dases, with respect in particular to scientific databases SDBs and “monitored” databases MDBs.

However, even if collecting data on any off line database is no longer appropriate, on the other hand, an off line version must be kept on as a “data viewer”, in order to work on the DB, carry on analyzes, prepare lectures and scientific articles, also in some locations where it is (for the time being) yet impossible to get connected to the Internet facilities via any high speed connection, be they plane, train, or again some offices or surgical theatres…

We thus have featured a specific procedure allowing for extracting the forms belonging to any on line DB on the Internet, so as to get this data base getting transferred in an off line OW version, which can be freely downloaded on any laptop. One or several on line databases or “sub databases” can be imported in this off line “data viewer”, which can be used at will while getting access to all features belonging to the on line OrthoWave, naturally under a “read only” mode. Read More

Getting started with a Monitored DataBase MDB

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 23 May 2010

We already have got opportunity to detail principles, rationale and running of these new “Monitored” Data Bases MDB… It is great time right now to present upon a practical means three tutorials describing in details the three serial steps which allow for getting a MDB linked to any other existing “agreed” RDV, then for customizing this MDB as to fit the requirements of the pending study, and finally using this MDB to carry out at best the clinical study upon the regulatory commitments about follow-up for enrolled cases.

These three tutorials thus comprise: (1) Settings by the Local Administrator of the “transmitting” RDB allowing for CRFs to get linked with the corresponding MDB by those among all users of this RDB that have been agreed to participate in the study and so to include their cases. The tutorial also describes how these users can “send” their arthroplasty forms to the MDB. (2) The second tutorial is devoted to the set up of the MDB itself by the Local Administrator of this MDB (who generally is different from the “transmitting” RDB Administrator). This set up regards the various parameters of the study, and firstly the agreed users including their rights for getting access to CRFs, choice of follow-up periods to be considered, and used clinical scores, as well as any kind of administrative data allowing the Manager to get in touch at any time with any of the actors participating in the ongoing study. (3) The third tutorial at last, is in fact the most important as it details the practical use of these MDBs while carrying out any study, namely with respect to the three specific MDB sub-tabs devoted to the display of the official protocol, as well as current statistics about inclusions of CRFs and status at the various follow-up periods, and also the directory of all enrolled patients with personal status according to their participation in the study. The monitoring of any clinical study can thus be performed ideally and on real time…

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Monitored Databases MDB, the third pillar of OrthoWave

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 22 May 2010

As previously reported, OrthoWave aims to afford a consistent integrated computerized tool, covering all clinical and radiological outcomes in Orthopaedics, with regards mainly to Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, and soon with addition of other modules such as Shoulder, Knee Ligaments, Spine, …. The current architecture of the software addressed in fact the so-called “post-marketing” studies and publishing about personal series (”regular” data bases as RDBs) or within the frame of multicenter studies (anonymized “scientific” so called SDBs databases). It became obvious that this organization cannot specifically tailor the strict needs and recommendations devoted to the “monitored” clinical studies carried out by Clinical Affairs departments of Devices Manufacturers, and namely with respect to the so-called “pre-marketing” studies

Thus the MDBs (i.e. Monitored Data Bases) were born, which will constitute, in addition to the “Regular” Data Bases RDBs and anonymized “Scientific” Data Bases SDBs, the “Third Pillar” of the OrthoWave Outcome Study Suite. These MDBs are currently on duty, and the following lines will define again rationale, principles and running of these monitored databases, as well as dynamic links and interaction between these MDBs and the “regular” databases RDBs from which CRFs (Clinical Record Forms) have been recorded, under the global OrthoWave architecture and organization. By the way, a set of devoted tutorials will allow for highlighting the various steps of creation, settings, customization and use of these MDBs…

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Getting Started with your OrthoWave Data Base

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 20 February 2010

You have heard about OrthoWave in good words? Excellent… You have tested, analyzed, compared, assessed the various outcomes studies softwares in Arthroplasty, and the final choice is… OrthoWave! Congratulations and thanks for putting your confidence in us… Welcome aboard!

Based upon a practical way, too often prospective Users do not really know how and where they can purchase the Software, and then while receiving their access codes as Administrator of their own database (DB), get a bit lost at the time they have to settle it appropriately…

We have thus designed for you these two tutorials, devoted respectively for the first one to the means of purchasing on line the OrthoWave software suite, and for the second to setting up the prospective DB of your own, as being its Administrator. Of course, would you receive an access code as a User of an OW existing database, no specific setting is requested from your side, and you just have to be in touch with your “Local Administrator”… However, you might get interest in discovering this tutorial anyway. After all, maybe soon you will feel the call of run your own data base ?

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New Clothes for OrthoWave in 2010

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 3 January 2010

As this New Year comes up, it is our pleasure on behalf of the entire OrthoWave Staff, to present to each of you our very sincere wishes of happiness and fruitfulness. Be sure we will do more than our very best, all along this coming year, to make you taking advantage of the huge work we have been achieving during the past 12 months. In the course of 2009, we have afforded enormous resources in order to take up the challenge of making OrthoWave stay as the “ultimate tool in outcomes studies in Orthopaedics”, while fulfilling on the one hand strictness of legal duties with respect to privacy and computerized safety, and on the other hand resorting to the most powerful and modern computer systems.

These critical developments regard firstly the new “web-based” platform to get access to the DataBase, then the “OrthoWave Orthopaedic Community” through a totally redesigned OrthoWave web site, and finally a necessary adaptation to extremely changing regulations about clinical studies with the development of a third group of OW databases, i.e. the “MDB” monitored Data Bases…

A sound change can be anticipated, willingly or reluctantly, regarding mentality among Orthopaedic Surgeons, with respect to their participation in clinical studies and scientific reports. OrthoWave then has to be empowered to meet with these various changes at best, while staying in accordance with its concept of software designed by surgeons for surgeons, under the aegis of Scientific Societies, and in conformity with legal related recommendations by Health Departments…

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The Monitored Databases MDB: a new critical asset for OrthoWave

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 24 December 2009


OrthoWave aims to afford a consistent integrated computerized tool, covering all clinical and radiological outcomes in Orthopaedics, with respect to Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, and soon with addition of other modules such as Shoulder, Knee Ligaments, Spine, …). The current architecture of the software mainly addresses the so-called “post-marketing” studies and publishing about personal series (“regular” data bases as RDBs) or in the frame of multicenter studies (anonymized “scientific” so called SDBs databases). It became obvious that this organization cannot specifically tailor the strict needs and recommendations devoted to the “monitored” clinical studies carried out by Clinical Affairs departments of Devices Manufacturers, and namely with respect to the so-called “pre-marketing” studies.

Obviously, it becomes necessary to complete nowadays the existing architecture of OrthoWave, while taking advantage of the already available advanced routines (namely through the Ajax secured web-based platform), in order to tailor the specifications as requested by the Clinical Affairs Departments (CADs), while reducing at the most costs of development by taking advantage of the existing OrthoWave architecture.

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Welcome in Paris for the French SoFCOT!

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 8 November 2009

The Annual Congress of the Orthopaedic French Society (SoFCOT) in Paris from 16th to 19th November is an absolute must within the French Orthopaedic Community to get opportunities to meet, exchange, share ideas and skills, as well as establishing new contacts.

We will thus be pleased to present the numerous additional developments to the OrthoWave software suite, on which we have be working hard during the past months, in order to make OrthoWave more friendly-user and efficient while following up patients and analyzing results…

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Set Up of the new OW Servers

By Jean-Alain Epinette, on 18 October 2009

The OrthoWave Data transfer on our new Global Servers Wednesday, October 7 has been successfully done. Thanks to these new servers, OW connections and EDC procedures will be even faster and easier ! Some adjustements are simply due now regarding images storage on the two different Java and Web servers.

The final transfer of the Servers has been scheduled on October, Wednesday 21st early in the morning, which might lead to slower response to get access to images and data, due to this scheduled maintenance window.

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