Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic Record Keeping for IRB research Processing

IRB processing is currently paper-based and horribly inefficient. Hundreds of pages of paper are used to process research applications for the most minimal-risk studies and usually take a full year to process. Gaps in the process due to forms not having numbers, forms being replaced with e-mail verifications, etc. make the process wasteful, time consuming, confusing and require extra staff to check for completion that could be easily completed electronically. This process should to go paperless as is the Veterans electronic health record. Investigators can have electronic signatures to sign off on all documentation that is legally binding. All processing could be searched for completion, etc. This could cut waste, redundancy and reduce the number of research clerks needed.

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Idea No. 16614