ITS Health Informatics - Open Specimen

What is Open Specimen?

Open Specimen is a bio-banking platform to collect, store, process, annotate and distribute bio-specimens in a cohesive bio-banking database.  OpenSpecimen streamlines management of bio-specimens across collection, consent, QC, request and distribution.  Its user friendly interface is why more than 30+ biobanks have adopted Open Specimen globally.

We invite you to watch the video on this page, Open Specimen Video, to learn more!

OpenSpecimen_worldKey Features
  • Planned and unplanned bio-specimen collections
  • Storage and Inventory management
  • Role based user authentication and authorization
  • Participants and informed consents
  • Pathology reports
  • Clinical and pathology annotations
  • Specimen request and distribution
  • Shipping and tracking
  • Track specimen lifecycle events
  • Reports: Data query, Pivot table, Export as CSV, Scheduled reports
  • Custom fields and forms
  • Complete audit trial
  • Bulk Operation to upload CSV data
  • Token based specimen label generation
  • Barcode printing
  • Real time notifications

Who can use it

  • Qualified personnel who are employees at UTMB
  • For specimen storage - any PI who has an IRB approved Protocol for their study
How do I get access?


Open Specimen Methodologies (three methods for bio-specimen collection, storage and management)
Open Specimen Training Topics (webpage of training topics with links)
Protocol Review Template (a template to help you gather protocol information for Open Specimen, may not open in older versions of Internet Explorer)
Operational Workflow for Longitudinal Studies
Master Specimen Importation Flowchart
Unplanned Specimen Management (the most simple form of specimen management)

Example Import Files (for importing data into Open Specimen)
Test Blood Serum - Specimen Aliquots 20170302.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Consents 20170228.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Master Specimen Unplanned 20170301.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Participant Update 20170301.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Participants 20170301.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Specimen Derivatives.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Specimens.xlsx
Test Collection Protocol - Visits.xlsx