Dave Iberson-Hurst reflects on the events of the past months.

Over the last month or so, I have attended both the CDISC European Interchange in Berlin and the PhUSE Inaugural US Connect Conference in North Carolina. At both events, I have had quite a few chats and discussions with old friends and colleagues about the slow pace of change with our standards, challenges with silos, the status of the CDISC data standards and the need for a vision. In Berlin, we had an interesting presentation from Chris Decker entitled, “Disruption Leads to Innovation,” followed by a panel discussion in which I participated. During the panel session the issue of silos had another airing, along with additional issues that we, as an industry, face.

All of these discussions reminded me of a few blogs I posted some years back discussing ideas and a vision of where we need to move to. Back in 2011, I wrote about the e-Clinical vision and the round world, while in 2015, I wrote about the end-to-end process and vision. You can read my thoughts in the following blogs:

It is always interesting to read back over old materials like this, sometimes it can be scary but also illuminating. What this indicates is that whilst we continue to work, we are still having the same discussions and progress seems limited. We are not moving forward quickly enough.

So in another attempt to drive the vision onwards, I put a paper together for the PhUSE US Connect conference entitled, “It’s Time to Change”. It is a bold statement but it outlines my thoughts about how we can, using the current standards, improve our world and move forward.

The PhUSE paper and slides are here:

CDISC has had a couple of turbulent years and we have recently seen the departure of a number of staff from the organisation but with the arrival of Peter Van Reusel as CDISC’s Chief Standards Officer, we will hopefully see things settle down and a renewed focus to CDISC’s work. I believe Peter is a good choice for the role but he will need time to set a new  direction and this will not happen overnight but we need to grasp this opportunity and support Peter in moving CDISC forward and provide him and CDISC with the necessary support and ideas about how we can build “CDISC 2.0”.

And if you had not had enough of links, one final thought from 2016 about “CDISC 2.0”