EDCNet Free to Use Data Analysis Software
EDCNet is an internet-based software program specifically designed for monitoring both serology and NAT QC results. EDCNet allows for the simple collection, management and analysis of QC data in real-time.
Access to this multilingual software is free when purchasing QConnect QC samples and you can log in to EDCNet anywhere around the world, at any time.
The anonymity of all participants is protected by a unique laboratory code. EDCNet has security systems similar to that used for internet banking, is supported by all major internet browsers and requires no software installation.
QConnect members who use EDCNet can share QC data to assess the accuracy and precision of their assays. All QConnect-labelled products are automatically set up in EDCNet. You can edit or delete data as required. There is no need to back up data in case of loss and EDCNet can be interfaced with your individual Laboratory Information System or instrumentation.
EDCNet functionality is designed for all levels of users. Basic users can set up EDCNet and walk away, having automated alerts and reports sent directly to their email address. Power users can take advantage of the advanced in-built QC analysis functions to identify and investigate trends and shifts in QC results. Customised QC reports, providing real-time review of results in a Levey-Jennings or Mean/Scatter graphical or tabular format, can be sent directly to each QConnect member by email or saved as a PDF. EDCNet can be programmed to automatically schedule the email delivery of your customised report on a weekly or monthly basis.
EDCNet also has a “network” option that allows a group of laboratories to track trends and compare QC test results across all laboratories within that network.
QConnect Limits take advantage of peer data sharing and provide users robust, pre-determined control limits. QC limits are based on up to 10 years of QC data and are available for commonly used QC sample / assay combinations. These statistically validated QC limits give you the confidence to know immediately when your system is not running to specification.
Traditional QC approaches used to determine QC limits have been derived or modified from clinical chemistry and may not be applicable to serology or NAT. QConnect Limits, developed by NRL, utilise historical data by determining expected upper and lower values of results for each QC sample/assay combination. All QConnect participants using the same assay and the same QC sample submit results to EDCNet. Over time, multiple lots of QC samples have been tested by many laboratories, operators and instruments across numerous lots of reagents. These results reflect the expected extent of variation for that QC sample/assay combination. These results have been extracted and analysed in collaboration with a biostatistician. The variation of QC results, both within each QC lot and between each QC lot was used to determine an upper and lower limit for each QC sample/ assay combination. These limits allows for the identification of any unexpected QC result, potentially identifying unacceptable variation from a range of sources including reagent lot numbers; instruments or equipment calibration and maintenance; operator errors; assay and QC sample storage and transport or environmental conditions.