OpenSpecimen helps capture the entire lifecycle of the specimens starting from the collection, processing, storage, and distribution. This page explains different features of OpenSpecimen to add specimen information in various scenarios.
Lineage of specimens: After collection, specimens are often processed into different forms for storage. For example, Blood is collected and processed into Plasma, PBMC, and Buffy Coat. In OpenSpecimen, each level can be indicated as a ‘specimen’ as primary, derivative, or aliquot.
Hierarchy of the specimens: To indicate the lineage of specimens, ‘specimen tree’ can be viewed in OpenSpecimen.
Different status of the specimen: A color-coding scheme for specimens allows you to quickly identify the status of a specimen as to whether it is collected, stored, distributed, or discarded. For more details, refer to the specimen color coding section on this page.
Default specimen annotations: Generic details like specimen type, anatomic location, quantity, etc., are captured in default data entry pages.
Custom annotations: Additional annotations like test results and pathology annotations can be captured using custom forms.
Planned collection: For studies where what type of specimens is collected and how it is processed is known in advance, the protocol can be set up with all details to make data entry simpler.
Unplanned collection: When specimen collection details are unknown, they can be entered as unplanned specimens.
Planned Specimen Collection
In longitudinal collections, specific time-points for collection, specimen requirements, and processing details are defined at the start of the study. The planned collection workflow of OpenSpecimen allows you to define study calendars and define an SOP of the study.
Collections for general biobanking are usually unplanned, i.e., there are no specific time-points, and specimens get collected whenever they are available. For such cases, the unplanned specimen collection workflow of OpenSpecimen is best suited.
Depending on the needs or availability, you may often have to create a child or grandchild of a sample without prior planning. OpenSpecimen allows you to collect additional derivatives or aliquots from a specimen’s overview page.
Often there is a need to perform a common operation on multiple specimens like distribution, deletion, transfer, etc. In such cases, OpenSpecimen allows you to select multiple specimens at once and perform a bulk action.
OpenSpecimen allows you to move the specimen from one visit to another to handle the situations like merging multiple sub-studies, accidental collection of specimens under the wrong participant/visit, etc. This can be done across collection protocols, across participants, or the participant visits.