Breaking Barriers: Cultivating a Collaborative Infrastructure in a Hybrid Academic Community Cancer Center
Cultivating an internal collaborative infrastructure is critical for the success of new initiatives that require multi-departmental and multidisciplinary services. Ensuring that the Bio-specimen Repository Facility (BRF) program at Miami Cancer Institute is logistically positioned to continuously enroll participants, collect fit-for-purpose biospecimens, and annotate them with clinical information is critical to support translational research. Five pivotal departments were identified for developing collaborative efforts: Surgery, Infusion Services, Laboratory, Pathology and the Oncology Data Warehouse team. Here we present the dynamic workflows established for patients consented in the clinical areas of Infusion and Surgery, for routine and specific biospecimen collection in the Laboratory and Pathology Departments and for complex data extraction by the Oncology Data Warehouse team. We also dis-cuss strategies used by BRF leadership to interconnect departments and encourage cooperation by focusing on the common goal, presenting issues as a problem-solving opportunity, assigning cross-functional liaisons, developing multi-functional teams for critical launches and nurturing effective communication strategies for increased productivity.
14th Annual BHSF Research Conference
Pou, Zasha and Rolati, Sophie, "Breaking Barriers: Cultivating a Collaborative Infrastructure in a Hybrid Academic Community Cancer Center" (2019). All Publications. 3294.