Introducing the CTmatch4CC Initiative: Collaborating to Match More Patients to Trials

Kristina Lopienski
April 6th, 2017

Patient enrollment continues to be a major challenge affecting all stakeholders in clinical research. To alleviate this universal struggle, the industry is looking for ways to speed up recruitment timelines and help patients discover the best clinical studies for them.

Many efforts to match patients to studies are conducted independently, even though they all share the common goals of maximizing clinical trial options for patients and minimizing barriers for potential research participants.

To unify these efforts and benefit the industry as a whole, Forte has teamed up with Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (CI4CC) to form the CTmatch4CC initiative, a federated, patient-first approach to optimizing the trial portfolio for cancer centers.

Collaborative patient-matching to increase recruitment for cancer trials

Many technologies and data definitions to help identify patients for trial matching exist in silos, making it difficult to rapidly innovate and leverage on collaborative successes. It’s time to integrate all of them together to improve trial matching for all trials. Advances in standard of care therapies cannot happen without accrual and successful completion of clinical trials.

Forte is launching the CTmatch4CC initiative to make technology and standards-based data the catalyst for translating bench science into feasible, successful IITs.

The mission of CTmatch4CC is to significantly increase recruitment for cancer trials while helping patients through a collaborative initiative between CI4CC, technology providers, NCI Cancer Centers and the NCI.

To accomplish this together, we will co-develop and publish:

  • Standard data dictionary
  • API definitions
  • For patient/trial matching, to be freely available and in the public domain

As a result, cancer centers will fully utilize their network of patients, enroll more of the right patients on the right trials, improve the comprehensive impact of their centers (core grants) and advance cancer research for cures.

Get Involved

Register here for the CTmatch4CC Initiative Kick-off call on June 8, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CDT. This initial kick-off is open to administrators, directors and informatics. Working groups will proceed thereafter focusing on informatics.

Join Forte in developing and publishing a standard data dictionary and API definitions for patient/trial matching and recruitment technologies.


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