Stronger Together: 2018 Spring Onsemble Encourages Institutional Collaboration

Mel Johnson
March 22nd, 2018

For the 25th time, Forte’s customer community gathered together for a week of learning, networking and fun at the 2018 Spring Onsemble Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. This spring conference was our largest to-date, with nearly 250 clinical research professionals in attendance, representing 71 different organizations.

Like all Onsemble Conferences, this week was an opportunity to connect with peers from top research institutions and work together to create meaningful solutions for the research industry’s most pressing challenges. This conference, however, was particularly nostalgic as we celebrated the success of 25 Onsemble Conferences. To mark the occasion, we revisited shared memories, reconnected with community friends and recognized the contributions of our amazing Onsemble Community.

Celebrating our community

Continued from the 2017 Fall Onsemble Conference, we announced the winner of our 2018 Spring Onsemble Rock Star Award. Nominated and voted on by their peers, the winner and finalists of the Onsemble Rock Star Award embody the collaborative spirit of Forte, through their willingness to answer questions, share best practices and foster discussions across many organizations. 

First place: Lindsay Mann from Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center


  • Joe Stokes from the University of Florida
  • Curt Hampton from Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Bob Lanese from Case Western Reserve University
2018 Spring Onsemble Rock Star Award Winner
From left to right: Carrie Nemke, Forte; Lindsay Mann, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center; Shree Kalluri, Forte

We also announced this spring’s winners of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Research Operations. At each Onsemble, we celebrate two institutions for top performance and for most improved, based on their benchmarking data from Forte’s Site Benchmarks analytics platform.

Top performance: University of Alabama Birmingham

From left to right: Laura Hilty, Forte; Mark Merchant, University of Alabama Birmingham; Shree Kalluri, Forte

Most improved: Cancer Institute of New Jersey

From left to right: Laura Hilty, Forte; Tracie Saunders, Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Shree Kalluri, Forte

Learning from peers

Once again, collaboration was a key theme throughout the entire conference. During sessions and networking events, attendees were given the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about key topics and challenges in today’s research industry.

Data quality and integrity proved to be a particularly notable topic for this year’s conference attendees. During the double session “The Importance of Data Quality in Clinical Research,” Forte’s Director of Analytics, Wendy Tate, and Director of Research Operations and Community Collaborations, Regina Schwind, presented and facilitated discussion on the importance of regular data cleaning for quality reporting and analytics. Attendees were also given real examples of different experiences sites have had when implementing data quality processes at various stages of their OnCore Enterprise Research system implementation.

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Attendees also heard from their peers about experiences using Forte technologies to achieve operational goals during the “Deep Dive” session Tuesday afternoon. Speakers discussed how they were able to improve processes and create operational efficiencies using solutions such as OnCore, Forte eRegulatory Management system (eReg), Forte Participant Payments and Forte EDC. Later in the week, representatives from MedStar Health Research Institute presented the session “How OnCore Can Facilitate Billing Compliance,” where they discussed how their organization uses tools in OnCore to enhance their existing process for billing compliance and increase transparency with their partner university.

“Being at Onsemble is incredibly energizing. It’s a great opportunity to step back from the day-to-day and remember our bigger mission, and how we are enabling research at the University of Minnesota.” – Josh Fehrmann, CTMS Implementation Project Manager, University of Minnesota

Looking to the future

During the conference keynote presentation, Forte’s Founder, CEO and Chief Customer Officer, Shree Kalluri, and members of the senior leadership team announced some of the exciting new company updates, products and initiatives we have planned for the coming year. Integrations between OnCore and Forte EDC, Participant Payments, and eReg increase data quality and streamline protocol operations, and new features like Master Delegation of Authority in eReg and Member Scenarios in EVAL help customers eliminate time-consuming workflows.

To continue our trailblazing in the clinical research industry, we announced an invite-only initiative called Trial Data Exchange that will facilitate inter-institutional data exchanges between the coordinating center and the participating sites for multi-site investigator-initiative trials.

See you in the fall!

As the 2018 Spring Onsemble Conference comes to an end, we look back with fondness at the valuable experiences we shared with community friends, new and old. Just like each of the past 24 conferences, attendees walk away from this 25th bi-annual event with the tools and motivation they need to improve research operations at their respective organizations.

We hope you can join us for the 2018 Fall Onsemble Conference in Forte’s hometown, Madison, WI. Visit the conference website to learn more about our upcoming fall conference.