Monday, January 28, 2013

Share resources – Share the future

Today’s guest post comes from Document Capture Co, specialists in automating data capture . In particular, they have a large amount of experience implementing quick and cost-effective data collection methods for research projects.

Ownership is a big issue these days. Do you need to own something yourself, or would you be happy to share? In today's tough financial climate, many researchers are moving towards sharing resources as a way to save money. When budgets are tight and resources are thin, sharing is often the solution. With greater networking technology that ever before, the ability to share information is incredibly easy meaning collaborative consumption has grown vastly as a concept.

Money doesn't grow on trees, and sometimes sharing can have more than just financial benefits. You only have to look at Wikipedia to see how much knowledge and information can be collected when people put their heads together. If this amount of intelligence can be gained on such wide-ranging topics using a peer edited collective content website, imagine what collaborative consumption could do for a more niche research topic. When people get together, problems get solved. Communities can use shared resources as a focal point, and institutions can grow by connecting to other institutions.

When working in a hospital with a lot of complex data, it would be hugely beneficial to be able to join up thinking on patient care and working practices. For example, a patient interacts daily with many different members of staff, from porters to nurses and consultants. If we could take the information gained from each of these individual’s interaction with the patient, the data gleaned could be useful to everyone else. Experience from every member of staff could contribute to improvements, rather than managerial staff attempting to guess at everyone's needs.

On a larger scale, you could also gain useful information from other institutions across the country, which are dealing with the same challenges as you. Sharing knowledge gives you more data to work with and more brains to work on the answers. Drawing on a particular example of the collaborative partnership between Biogen Idec and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Bernard Ravina and Sohini Chowdhury will be talking at the Patient-Centered Clinical Trials Summit at Partnerships in Clinical Trials on April 22nd about the benefits of partnering with patient organizations. By partnering the pharmaceutical and patient advocacy organization, shared knowledge and resources means that greater progressions can be made to identify the biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease progression. Data from patients can be utilised much more directly and patients can have more of a participation in the research process.  If you'd like to join them, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP1800BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate. 

Collaboration and mutualism is hugely useful in reducing the cost of research and making use of funds and resources in an efficient and pervasive way. Particularly, in the healthcare and research sector, organisations are often working towards a mutual aim. Therefore, it makes sense to partner up to achieve a mutual benefit.

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