Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 16:19:33 GMT
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From: Xlr82sas <xlr82sas@AOL.COM>
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Subject: Re: Reading Oracle Clinical data using SAS
My experience with summarizing large multiyear FDA 'Lab Studies' was
different. Have you tried to summarize 15-20 lab tests ( ie WBC, HGB etc White
Blood Cell Counts) for 5000 patients over three years.
Pass thru to Oracle Clinical was at least an order of magnitude slower than
using native SAS tables.
For a quick synopsis of the entities and process flow for adverse event reports
through Oracle Clinical you might visit my site.
Have you done any benchmarking comparing native SAS tables to Pass thru to
The heart of the Oracle Clinical design ( 2 years ago) was a very
skinny long table. A single column, contained both character and
numeric data ( in character format, I think). I counted about 5 or 6
levels of indirection ( views) before you got to this table.
Lab data, demographic data etc were all in this one table.
Obviously this table can get very large.
Perhaps you can throw enough hardware at this design to quick
I have tried to have constructive discussions on the Oracle design
with others, but after I tell them my findings they stop responding.
Roger J DeAngelis
XLR82SAS@aol.com ( Accelerate to SAS )