The Problem

The Benefits

We produced an in-depth Gap, Impact, and Sensitivity Analysis (GISA) report that detailed findings and recommendations.

The GISA report not only carefully documented the current state of things, but also provided other benefits including:

  • Helping HMS leadership make informed, cost-effective choices regarding their approach to an integrated clinical IT system by detailing justifications for an institution-specific research database and recommending workflows, projecting costs, and flagging potential challenges.
  • Providing strategic direction.  For example, we recommended that the HMS CFAR staff develop a set of critical success factors, clinical database specifications, data exchange guidelines, and a global library of common data elements on HIV, to help smooth their transition into a large IT undertaking.