New Features in 20R2.4
Time & Events Schedule, Simple Autocoding Attribution, and more...
Release Date: October 23, 2020
We are pleased to bring you the following new features in this week's release. See a summary of feature enablement for this release below.
Features in this section are changes that apply to all application areas of Vault CDMS.
The new Local Labs module allows Lab Data Managers to configure an Analyte Library using lab units and codelists similar to those used in Studio. Lab Data Managers will also be able to maintain a list of lab locations and assign them to the Study Sites that may be using them.
For each Lab Location, Lab Data Managers will be able to manually create normal ranges for any analyte present in the Analyte Library, which includes criteria such as age, sex, and female cycle. These normal ranges will be automatically retrieved when a site selects a lab location in a lab form. If multiple entries need to be created at once, users can utilize the bulk import feature for both lab locations and normal ranges.
Using the Labs module, Lab Data Managers and Study Designers will be able to configure some study-level parameters, such as enabling site override for normal ranges or enabling the use of clinical significance. Lab Data Managers will be able to generate a report detailing the discrepancies between existing data and the updated normal ranges so as to avoid mistakes in the value of normal ranges and determine whether or not those ranges have already been used. Once these differences have been identified, they will have the ability to run a “Mass update” job to automatically update the values present in the Data Entry forms.
In Studio, Study Designers will be able to configure studies to use Local Labs by turning on the “Enable Labs” study setting. When enabled, Study Designers will be able to create lab panels and add them to forms by selecting analytes from the Analyte Library. Study Designers will also have to ensure that specific Casebook Variables are collected in the Schedule, so that the system can automatically retrieve applicable normal ranges for a subject.
When a study is configured to use Local Labs, site users will be asked to enter a lab collection datetime and a lab location in each lab form. The age of the subject can be entered manually or will be calculated by the system. Based on those parameters, the system will then automatically retrieve the normal ranges applicable for the subject. Once the lab results have been entered, the values will be automatically compared to the normal ranges and an indicator will show if any values are out of range. If configured, site users will also be able to enter a clinical significance value or override normal ranges if the ranges retrieved are incorrect.
The new Local Labs module provides a way to centralize the management of analytes, lab locations, and normal ranges. It also provides an easy way of configuring lab panels in Studio and simplifies data entry by providing an easy-to-use interface and automatically populating normal ranges when a lab location is selected.
All Vaults will be “Labs enabled” after 20R3 and any new study can choose to use Local Labs by turning on the study setting in Studio. Before turning the feature on for a study, users will have to configure several parameters in the Labs tab to set their Vault-level default values.
With this release, Vault CDMS includes a new module for supporting Subject Randomization within a Study. Randomization Managers can choose to configure a study with Simple, Stratified, Stratified with Blocks, or Block randomization. Strata Group configuration, Randomization Lists, Related Data (kits and devices), and additional Randomization settings can all be managed within this new module. As part of the Randomization settings, Randomization Managers can choose to mask – or hide – treatment, kit, and/or device information from Site users. As the study is progressing, Randomization Managers can utilize the Randomization module to monitor enrollment and view kit or device lists.
Within Studio, study designers can enable Randomization by turning on the “Enable Veeva Randomization” study setting. Once enabled, study designers have the ability to configure a custom rule expression to determine the criteria for when a Site user can randomize a Subject. This configuration is available via a new “Ready to Randomize” rule action. Once a rule has been evaluated as “true,”, Subject randomization will be enabled for Site users in the Data Entry tab. Rules can also be evaluated directly after a subject has been randomized to generate the correct schedule based on the treatment assigned.
Once a study is configured in the Randomization module and Studio, Site users will have the ability to randomize a Subject when the preconfigured criteria is met. Once the “Ready to Randomize” rule evaluates as “true” after form submission, Site users will be given the option to randomize the Subject. If the Site user chooses to wait, a “Randomize Now” button will remain available in the Casebook header. Once randomized, the Subject’s randomization ID and related information can be found in the header. Depending on the study settings, Site users can also manually add a kit and/or device ID for randomized Subjects.
Only users with the new “Emergency Unmasking” permission will have the ability to unmask masked data by providing a reason and entering their username and password to authenticate the action. This action, along with other randomization actions, will be recorded in the casebook audit trail.
The Veeva Randomization module provides access to simple randomization for studies that do not require the use of a full IRT system. It provides a quick and easy way to configure a randomization strategy, upload a randomization list, and start randomizing subjects.
The new randomization module must be enabled by request. Once enabled, studies that are not yet published (i.e. do not have a casebook version in production) will be able to turn on Veeva randomization in Studio. Studies already live in production will not be able to use the new Randomization module as there are restrictions in place to prevent updates to published studies.
Features in this section are changes to the Review tab, a working area for clinical research associates and data managers, or to review functionality within the Data Entry tab.
Query Team Restrictions
With this release, the ability and inability for a user to close a manual query created by another user can be enforced within a study. For example, Vault can restrict a user with the CDMS Clinical Research Associate study role from closing a query created by a user with the CDMS Data Manager role. Vault groups Study Roles into Teams at the vault level. All vaults have a set of standard teams to choose from when assigning custom roles to teams. Standard roles are automatically placed into their corresponding teams, but any custom roles must be assigned to a team as a sponsor sees fit. A team can contain multiple roles, but each role can only belong to one team.
At the study level, study designers can choose to enforce query team restrictions using the Enable Query Team Restrictions setting in Studio > Study Settings. When enabled, the study enforces the restrictions on query closing, based on the vault’s teams. Users will see a team badge on each query, indicating which team created the manual query. The Close Query button is disabled for users who are not in the same team as the user who created the query. Users from any team who have permission to comment on queries can still do so, regardless of the creator’s team.
Additionally, we added a new permission to override query team restrictions, Close All Queries, which controls the ability to close a query regardless of the team that created it. By default, this permission is assigned to the CDMS Lead Data Manager standard study role.
This feature provides the ability limit which users can close another user’s query, which can prevent certain queries from getting closed prior to getting seen and acted on by the correct team.
This feature is available for enablement in vaults where Role by Study is enabled. Query Team Restrictions can only be enabled on studies that have not been previously published.
The following are new features for the Vault Coder application, the Vault CDMS solution for clinical coding.
"How to Code" Coding Configurations Moved to Coder Tools from Studio
While Studio will continue to be the location where we define “what to code”, it’s no longer where we will define “how to code”. All coding method configuration now resides in Coder Tools. In Studio, study designers still identify the Verbatim Item and any Related Items, but coding administrators must define the Dictionary Release, Synonym List, Do Not Autocode List, and Coding Method for each Form in Coder Tools.
Coding on a Form is unavailable until a coding administrator completes those configurations in Coder Tools. This applies to all study environments, including UAT, training, and production, as well as in customer preview (pre-release) environments.
As part of this feature, we renamed the Application Settings tab in Coder Tools as Default Study Settings.
Because Dictionary Releases are no longer controlled in Studio, there is more flexibility for deployments after upversioning and in changing the dictionary type for a form after coding begins.
These changes automatically apply in vaults that contain the Vault Coder application.
Prior to this release, upversioning applied to a single Form at a time and one Synonym List at a time. With Batch Upversioning, all Forms bound to the same Synonym List can be upversioned at once with a few clicks. Coding administrators have the option to select a subset of Forms and to not include the Synonym List in their batch upversioning action.
So that they may have flexibility in this experience, coding administrators can still upversion a single Form or Synonym List.
Coding Administrators will save a lot of time when they upversion their studies once or twice a year, depending on their schedule.
This feature is automatically available in vaults that contain the Vault Coder application, with no additional configuration required.
Third Party Coding Support
Vault CDMS now supports third-party coding systems for the clinical coding of EDC data. This is only available for new Studies (studies that don’t have any coding requests) and requires the use of the Vault CDMS API to manage Code Requests and coding queries.
If a Study is using a third-party coding system, a coder or coding administrator can still navigate to the Coder tab to see a listing of all Code Requests for a Form. There, they can view the audit trail, assigned codes if present, and the queyr history for each request. They can’t perform any coding or take action on coding queries.
Learn more about the changes to the CDMS API in support of this feature on the CDMS Developer Portal.
This feature allows an organization to code EDC data in a clinical coding system other than Vault Coder.
The ability to integrate with a third-party coding system, and the ability configure a Study to use that integration_, is available automatically, but an organization must have development support to build an integration between Vault EDC and their coding system.
Simple Autocoding Attribution
The Code Request object now stores the autocoding source, which can be either the Dictionary or the Synonym List. If the request was autocoded from the synonym list, then the Code Request record stores the name of the Synonym List and the reference to the Synonym. Users can view this information in any report that includes coding data by adding columns for Autocoding Source, Autocoding Synonym List, and Autocoding Synonym List Record. Users can also add dashboard components that compare the efficiency of autocoding from the dictionary to the efficiency of autocoding from the synonym list.
This change applies automatically in vaults that contain the Vault Coder application, but users must modify reports and dashboards to view this information outside of Admin > Business Admin.
These changes automatically apply in vaults that contain the Vault Coder application.
Subject Search for Coder
The Code Request Listing now includes columns and filters for Site and Subject. This allows coders to search for a specific Subject or set of Subjects to apply coding for the first time or to reevaluate coding. Note that these filters aren’t available when in Group mode.
This feature provides a quick and easy way to filter Code Requests for one or more Subjects.
This feature is available automatically in vaults that contain the Vault Coder application.
Study Design & Configuration
Features in this area apply to Studio, the study design and configuration area for Vault EDC.
Time & Events Schedule
With this release, we enhanced the schedule design environment with a time and events schedule view of the Casebook Definition, similar to the time and events view in the protocol and Study Design Specification. This new view allows users to see and manage their Forms along the left side, and the Event Groups and Events along the top, easily setting which Forms belong with which Events in the resulting grid view.
Users can perform all standard schedule design functions (reordering, adding new or existing Event Groups, Events, and Forms). They can now also add new dynamic rules for an Event Group, Event, or Form by clicking the newly added New Rule button in the Properties panel, which opens the Rule Editor with the appropriate rule action and identifier already selected.
Users can easily switch between the new schedule and the original drag and drop viewer for flexibility and familiarity.
This feature allows study designers to rapidly build the schedule in a familiar view of the study design.
This feature is only available in Studies that are using version 2 of the expression grammar. To enable the time and events schedule, a Vault Owner must create a new record in the Study Settings object, with the name “schedule_editor_enabled”, the Study, and the value set to “true”.
Features in this section apply to EDC Tools, a study-level administration area for Vault EDC.
Review Plan Assignment Enhancements
With this release, Vault allows deletion of a Review Plan Assignment Criteria if it’s used for assigning a plan to a casebook.
This feature allows lead data managers to adjust review plan assignment criteria if an existing one no longer is valid while allowing the existing criteria to be unaffected.
This change applies automatically in all vaults.
Rule Execution Enhancements
Lead Data Managers can now view all Rules (except for Set Item Value and Send Email rules) in their study from EDC Tools > Rules (formerly EDC Tools > Query Rules). Users can click on each rule to view additional details, including the rule’s criteria expression. They can use the Advanced Filters to narrow their list of rules, as well as provide a date range for Last Modified Date. They can execute rules on all Subjects or select individual subject casebooks in which to execute rules. There is a preview optional available, which allows users to perform a dry run of their rule execution. Vault doesn’t include locked Casebooks in preview or in rule execution.
Note that users may only select 50 Rules and 500 Casebooks during execution.
This feature allows lead data managers to run a rule that may not have fired. They can also run rules of types other than Query Rules after performing a retrospective amendment.
This change applies automatically in all vaults.
Set the Form Status for Impacted Forms during Retrospective Amendments
Users can now select a Form Status when initiating a retrospective amendment. They can choose to set the impacted Forms in the In Progress Post Submit or Submitted statuses.
With this feature, it is no longer required to submit a Form or mark it as intentionally left blank if the change results in the form no longer requiring data collection.
This change applies automatically in all vaults, and users will see the new option the next time they initiate a retrospective amendment.
Study Administration Functional Enhancements
With this release, we made the following functional enhancements:
- Site Name is no longer required to be unique within the Study.
- We added hover text for the Delete Study Data and Delete Site Data job in EDC Tools > Job History.
- System Tools > External Connections now only displays the Absorb connection, and not the vault connections required for automatic deployments.
These changes apply automatically in all vaults.
Features in this section are enhancements to deployment functionality in Vault CDMS.
Manage the Deployment List for Custom Roles, Object Tabs Reports & Dashboards from System Tools
With this release, deployment administrators can now add custom roles, object tabs, reports, and dashboards to the deployment list from within System Tools, without needing to access Business Admin. Deployments can now include custom object tabs, so users no longer need to configure these in every vault. Vault adds custom object tabs to the deployment list when the tab’s object is added to the deployment list.
This feature adds a new section to the System Tools navigation panel, Deployment List, with links to Custom Objects, Custom Roles, Custom Reports, and Custom Dashboards.
The ability to add custom roles, reports, and dashboards to the deployment safelist from System Tools, without needing to access Business Admin, increases customer independence.
This change applies automatically in all vaults. Vault displays any existing Deployment Whitelist records for these components right away, and a deployment administrator can begin adding additional records immediately.
Role Management & Security
Features in this section are enhancements to the System Tools > Role Management and System Tools > Users areas, as well as changes to standard Study Roles, security, and access control in Vault CDMS.
User Management Enhancements
With this release, we made the following changes to enhance the user management experience:
- Added the new API Access permission to control the ability to access the API. This permission is automatically assigned to the CDMS Data Manager and CDMS Lead Data Manager study roles.
- All study roles that are assigned the Manage Study Site permission are now automatically assigned the Manage Study Countries permission.
- Added a new Study Role column to the user listing in EDC Tools > Users, which lists the Study Role assigned to the User.
- Added the ability to show All Roles or only Active Roles in the Role Management table.
These changes apply automatically in all vaults where Role by Study is enabled.
Features in this section are new integrations with Vault CDMS or enhancements to existing integrations.
Veeva Learning Integration Enhancements
Site users who haven’t completed their assigned training can now view the training status and navigate to Absorb from the Data Entry tab. Also, users will now see all the studies they have access to.
Lead data managers can now set up learning systems in new studies more easily by copying a Role to Curriculum mapping from another Study in their vault. By default, the curriculum list is now sorted in ascending order. Lead data managers can now delete an existing Learning System from EDC Tools > Learning Systems.
Site users can in real time see the training status for a study and get study access sooner than usual. Lead data managers can more easily manage their role to curriculum mappings.
This change applies automatically in all studies where the Veeva Learning Integration is enabled.
Feature Enablement Summary
|Local Labs||By Study Build||EDC, Labs|
|Query Team Restrictions||By Study Build||EDC, Coder|
|"How to Code" Coding Configurations Moved to Coder Tools from Studio||Auto-on||EDC, Coder|
|Third Party Coding Support||Auto-on
* Requires development assistance
|Simple Autocoding Attribution||Auto-on||Coder|
|Subject Search for Coder||Auto-on||Coder|
|Study Design & Configuration|
|Time & Events Schedule||Study Feature Flag
* In studies using version 2 of the expression grammar
|Review Plan Assignment Enhancements||Auto-on||EDC|
|Rule Execution Enhancements||Auto-on||EDC|
|Set the Form Status for Impacted Forms during Retrospective Amendments||Auto-on||EDC|
|Study Administration Functional Enhancements||Auto-on||EDC|
|Role Management & Security|
|User Management Enhancements||Auto-on
* In vaults where Role by Study is enabled
|Manage the Deployment List for Custom Roles, Object Tabs Reports & Dashboards from System Tools||Auto-on||EDC|
|Veeva Learning Integration Enhancements||Auto-on
* In studies where the Veeva Learning Integration is enabled
|Auto-on||Automatically activated and no configuration is required before using the feature; note that in some cases, a new feature is dependent on another feature that must be enabled or configured.|
|Study Feature Flag||This feature is available by configuration within the Study Configuration object (or similar). To enable a feature using study configuration, navigate to Admin > Business Admin > Study Configuration and edit the Study Configuration record for your Study.|
|By Study Build||The configuration options for this feature are available automatically in Studio, EDC Tools, Coder Tools, or System Tools, but you must configure them within your Study for those options to apply.|
|Support||On/off option controlled by Support.|