Implementation of Electronic Consent at a Biobank: An Opportunity for Precision Medicine Research
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to characterize the potential benefits and challenges of electronic informed consent (eIC) as a strategy for rapidly expanding the reach of large biobanks while reducing costs and potentially enhancing participant engagement. The Partners HealthCare Biobank (Partners Biobank) implemented eIC tools and processes to complement traditional recruitment strategies in June 2014. Since then, the Partners Biobank has rigorously collected and tracked a variety of metrics relating to this novel recruitment method. From June 2014 through January 2016, the Partners Biobank sent email invitations to 184,387 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During the same time period, 7078 patients provided their consent via eIC. The rate of consent of emailed patients was 3.5%, and the rate of consent of patients who log into the eIC website at Partners Biobank was 30%. Banking of biospecimens linked to electronic health records has become a critical element of genomic research and a foundation for the NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). eIC is a feasible and potentially game-changing strategy for these large research studies that depend on patient recruitment. View Full-Text
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Boutin, N.T.; Mathieu, K.; Hoffnagle, A.G.; Allen, N.L.; Castro, V.M.; Morash, M.; O’Rourke, P.P.; Hohmann, E.L.; Herring, N.; Bry, L.; Slaugenhaupt, S.A.; Karlson, E.W.; Weiss, S.T.; Smoller, J.W. Implementation of Electronic Consent at a Biobank: An Opportunity for Precision Medicine Research. J. Pers. Med. 2016, 6, 17.
Boutin NT, Mathieu K, Hoffnagle AG, Allen NL, Castro VM, Morash M, O’Rourke PP, Hohmann EL, Herring N, Bry L, Slaugenhaupt SA, Karlson EW, Weiss ST, Smoller JW. Implementation of Electronic Consent at a Biobank: An Opportunity for Precision Medicine Research. Journal of Personalized Medicine. 2016; 6(2):17.Chicago/Turabian Style
Boutin, Natalie T.; Mathieu, Kathleen; Hoffnagle, Alison G.; Allen, Nicole L.; Castro, Victor M.; Morash, Megan; O’Rourke, P. P.; Hohmann, Elizabeth L.; Herring, Neil; Bry, Lynn; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.; Karlson, Elizabeth W.; Weiss, Scott T.; Smoller, Jordan W. 2016. "Implementation of Electronic Consent at a Biobank: An Opportunity for Precision Medicine Research." J. Pers. Med. 6, no. 2: 17.
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