IBM Study Advance expedites efficiency for the study protocol authoring team by merging real-world patient population data with a guided protocol template within a centralized collaborative workspace

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-379
November 19, 2019

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At a glance

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Lack of data and insights early in the protocol development process result in protocols and trial criteria that do not match the real-world patient population. This mismatch impacts the trial during the recruitment process and delays trial timelines. Eighty percent of trials experience delays in recruiting. The cost of delay can be up to $1 million (USD) a day.

IBM® Study Advance can help:

  • Reduce the average time required to author a clinical trial protocol by delivering process and collaboration capabilities
  • Reduce the number of protocol amendments needed during clinical trials by providing unparalleled insights during protocol authoring
  • Increase confidence in protocol decisions by offering immediate access to real-world data about patient populations

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Study Advance is a data-driven, authoring tool that targets study protocol optimization by merging both real-world patient population data and standardized protocol template guidance through a collaborative workspace designed to facilitate efficiency. Optimized protocols increase the likelihood of clinical trial success, and reduce the costs tied to protocol amendments, patient recruitment, cycle time, and nonessential procedures.

Study Advance can help manage collaboration through:

  • Structure of protocol elements, such as the template to create a synopsis and using that content to automatically generate a protocol template
  • Project management capabilities to support, for example, multiple authors, assigning team members to sections, setting due dates, accepting or rejecting comments
  • Build, edit, review, and approve protocol elements that track changes to maintain audit trail
  • Notifications for user review and action
  • Ability to understand rationale and supporting data behind study criteria, for example, study participants

Study Advance can help incorporate evidence-based suggestions through:

  • Integration of IBM MarketScan Commercial and Medicare Supplemental databases
  • Eligible participant population cohort building by experimenting with inclusion and exclusion criteria

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Key requirements

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Workstation and browser that support an internet connection to the service.

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Planned availability date

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November 22, 2019

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Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Report containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the Product accessibility information website.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5900-A70 Cloud Service IBM Study Advance

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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Not applicable.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Workstation that supports a connection to the service.

Software requirements

Browser that supports a connection to the service.

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Planning information


This offering is accessed through the internet. There is no physical media or electronic deliverable.

Security, auditability, and control

Study Advance uses the security and auditability features of the host software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Passport Advantage

IBM Study Advance (5900-A70)

IBM Study Advance introduces the following part numbers:

Part description Part number
IBM Study Advance Participant Insights Instance per Month D0207ZX
IBM Study Advance MarketScan User Instance per Month D0205ZX
IBM Study Advance MarketScan User Item Set Up D0206ZX
IBM Study Advance Instance per Month D0203ZX
IBM Study Advance Item Set Up D0204ZX
IBM Study Advance Participant Insights MarketScan User Instance per Month D020QZX

Charge metric

Definitions of the charge metric for this cloud service can be found in the following Service Description document:

Program identifier Service Description document title Service Description document number
5900-A70 IBM Study Advance 8676-01

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.

Follow-on levels of this cloud service, if any, may have updated charge metrics. See the Cloud Services terms website. Search using the four-digit base Service Description number and scroll down to the Charge Metric section.

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Terms and conditions

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Technical support

Technical support is provided for Cloud Services and enabling software, as applicable, during the subscription period. Any enhancements, updates, and other materials provided by IBM as part of any such technical support are considered to be part of the Cloud Service, as applicable, and therefore governed by the applicable agreement as defined in Client's quote or transaction document. Technical support is included with the Cloud Service and is not available as a separate offering.

Additional technical support information for this Cloud Service offering may be found in the IBM Support Guide or in service-specific documentation.

Service Description

The following Service Description document applies to the offering in this announcement.

Program identifier Service Description document title Service Description document number
5900-A70 IBM Study Advance 8676-01

Follow-on levels of this cloud service, if any, may have updated terms. See the Cloud Services terms website and search using the four-digit base Service Description number.

Limited warranty

See the warranty defined in the applicable agreement governing client's acquisition for this offering.

Money-back guarantee


Volume orders (IVO)


Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Usage restrictions

Yes. See Service Description 8676-01 for details about this offering.

Follow-on levels of this cloud service, if any, may have updated terms. See the Cloud Services terms website and search using the four-digit base Service Description number.

Educational allowance available


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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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Order now

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