AACI Commentary

About Our Editorial Series

Exploring Topics of Interest to AACI Cancer Centers

To promote the work of its member centers, AACI publishes Commentary, an editorial series focusing on major issues of common interest to North American cancer centers. 

Each AACI Commentary is written by a cancer center leader and distributed by email to the more than 2,200 readers of the AACI Update newsletter. 

The publication is designed to cover a specific topic in 750-1,000 words. Recommendations for topics and authors are encouraged. 


Please submit suggestions to: 

Chris Zurawsky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
412-802-6775

Emily Stimmel
Communications and External Relations Coordinator
412-647-0504


August 2019

Simplifying Clinical Trials
Using Technology to Improve Operations 

By the AACI Shared Investigator Platform (SIP) Task Force

The complexities and inefficiencies of clinical trial operations can overwhelm even the most successful academic medical center. Reducing the time it takes to initiate a trial; facilitating relationships between industry and investigators; and streamlining information exchange, document flow, and data access are just some of the persistent challenges facing clinical trials offices.

The Shared Investigator Platform (SIP)—a concept developed by TransCelerate Biopharma Inc., and now managed by Cognizant—aims to make clinical trials management more efficient for trial sites and sponsors. The SIP is a single information technology solution that facilitates investigative site collaboration with multiple clinical trial sponsors. Such a system can reduce redundant requests for information to qualify investigators and trial sites when participating in industry-sponsored trials.  

AACI convened a SIP Task Force to identify and address challenges encountered in SIP implementation. Task force members were selected through recommendations from AACI’s Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) Steering Committee. 

Through meetings with industry champions, the task force is working to develop realistic expectations for implementing the platform. The AACI SIP Task Force welcomes feedback on future discussion topics and goals. 

Read the August 2019 Commentary.
Share your feedback. 

Simplifying Clinical Trials: Using Technology to Improve Operations
By the AACI Shared Investigator Platform (SIP) Task Force
August 2019

Disclose and Manage: Recommendations From the AACI Conflict of Interest Task Force
By Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, and Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD
July 2019

Inventing the Future of Oncology Nursing 
By Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
June 2019 

Ensuring Patient Access to CAR T Therapy: AACI Responds to CMS Medicare Coverage Proposal
By Richard Bondi and Clint Divine
March 2019

Zip Code vs. Genetic Code: Breaking Down Cancer Disparities in Philadelphia
By Karen E. Knudsen, PhD
October 2017

Satisfaction with Oncology Quality and Clinical Operations: A survey from the AACI Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI)
By Morgan Dodson, Michael Neuss, Laura Hutchins, Richard Lauer, John Sweetenham, Nathan Levitan, Martha Mims, Mohammed Milhem, Craig Bunnell, Dan Mulkerin, Randall F. Holcombe
Fall 2017

SF CAN: A City Working Together to Fight Cancer 
By Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS
Summer 2017

Integrating Clinical Research into Clinical Care
By Martha Mims, MD, PHD & Sarah McNees, PHD
Spring 2017