A Concept of a MIABIS Based Register of Biosample Collections at the Medical University of Innsbruck

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2014;205:293-7.


The knowledge about the quality of samples and associated clinical data in biospecimen collections is a premise of clinical research. An electronic biosample register aims to facilitate the discovery of information about biosample collections in a hospital. Moreover, it might improve scientific collaboration and research quality through a shared access to harmonized sample collection description data. The aim of this paper is to present a concept of a web-based biosample register of the existing biosample collections at the Medical University of Innsbruck. A uniform description model is built based on an analysis of the sample collection data of independent sample management systems from two departments within the hospital. An extended set of attributes of the minimum dataset used by the Swedish sample collection register (MIABIS) has been applied to all biosample collections as a common description model. The results of the analysis and the data model are presented together with a first concept of a sample collection search register.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Biological Specimen Banks / organization & administration*
  • Clinical Laboratory Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Registries*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*
  • Sweden