comparative effectiveness research, COMET, research platform, obstructive sleep apnea, business intelligence, cloud computing
Introduction: The Comparative Outcomes Management with Electronic Data Technology (COMET) platform is extensible and designed for facilitating multicenter electronic clinical research.
Background: Our research goals were the following: (1) to conduct a comparative effectiveness trial (CET) for two obstructive sleep apnea treatments—positive airway pressure versus oral appliance therapy; and (2) to establish a new electronic network infrastructure that would support this study and other clinical research studies.
Discussion: The COMET platform was created to satisfy the needs of CET with a focus on creating a platform that provides comprehensive toolsets, multisite collaboration, and end-to-end data management. The platform also provides medical researchers the ability to visualize and interpret data using business intelligence (BI) tools.
Conclusion: COMET is a research platform that is scalable and extensible, and which, in a future version, can accommodate big data sets and enable efficient and effective research across multiple studies and medical specialties. The COMET platform components were designed for an eventual move to a cloud computing infrastructure that enhances sustainability, overall cost effectiveness, and return on investment.
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Nichols, Deborah A.; DeSalvo, Steven; Miller, Ric; Jonsson, Darrell; Griffin, Kara S.; Hyde, Pamela R.; Walsh, James K.; and Kushida, Clete A.
"The COMET Sleep Research Platform,"
eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes):
1, Article 16.
Available at: http://repository.edm-forum.org/egems/vol2/iss1/16