Large Facilities

Strategies for Reporting

Providing reports for users of software applications can be a difficult compromise for software developers. There is no point collecting data if it cannot be reported in a useful way, yet every user has their own ideas and requirements for reporting.  There is also, to some extent, a trade off between the flexibility of a system, and …

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The 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law on December 13, 2016, is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring innovations and new advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently.  The Cures Act sought to “catalyze development of new medical technologies at a unique moment in history when fundamental advances in our …

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Veterinary Management Webinar

We’ve talked a lot recently (in blog posts, on the website) about the Veterinary Management module of TOPAZ Elements and there’s been a lot of interest in how this module can help with compliance, animal care and communication within the vet team and with researchers.  We have a couple of case studies on the website that …

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TOPAZ Annual User Symposium

We’re pleased to announce that our Annual User Symposium will take place this year in Baltimore, in the aftermath of the National AALAS meeting.  TOPAZ has been running an annual user meeting for decades, and they always prove to be both fun and enlightening for our customers.  This year’s will be hosted at the University of …

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Four types of transaction

For many of our customers the Animal Billing module, along with the supporting data provided by Census, is the most critical module in the Elements suite.  It allows the PIs to be billed their monthly charges for use of the facility and the services provided.  For the PIs themselves, how their precious grant funds are spent is …

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The VM Module and AAALAC

About a year ago we undertook an exercise to define “personas” – descriptions of semi-fictional users of our Elements software that get used as part of marketing discussions and other customer-focused conversations internally.  They were based on a number of interviews with current TOPAZ users.  It was an interesting exercise, particularly when it came to understanding the …

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RFID and other Cage Technologies

The use of RFID technology to ease the tracking of cages in the animal facility has taken a long time to take off.  It was at least 15 years ago when TOPAZ presented RFID technology to our Annual User Conference in the full expectation that within a few years, everyone would be using it!  In practice the …

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