Peter O'Blenis

Peter O’Blenis is a co-founder of Evidence Partners and has assembled a collection of best practices and methodologies for using web-based software to streamline clinical research. He believes that well written web-enabled software can solve real-world problems and has presented globally on the topic.

Recent Posts

Comparing Systematic Review Tools: Beware the Feature Matrix

By Peter O'Blenis

Whether you’re choosing your next car or replacing your worn out sneakers, it's generally a good idea to do your research before you pull out your wallet.

The same applies when looking for software to help with your systematic review process. The tools available in this space vary greatly and it...

5 Best Practices for Optimizing Your Systematic Reviews

By Peter O'Blenis

Systematic reviews are viewed as the gold standard for evidence-based research. Used in a wide variety of healthcare fields including health economics outcomes research (HEOR), regulatory compliance, guidelines development, and evidence-based medicine, they are also gaining traction as a policy...

No Second Screener? There's A Robot For That

By Peter O'Blenis

Dual screening is a best practice for conducting systematic reviews, but there’s often not enough time or resources to have two people screen each reference. Good news: DistillerSR’s new automated screening tool, DistillerAI, can be used as the second screener. That’s right - you now have a...

How To Train Your Robot: Best Practices For Automated Screening

By Peter O'Blenis

DistillerAI made its global debut on Feb 11, 2018 in the latest release of the DistillerSR systematic review software platform. Since then, researchers around the world have been testing it and applying it to their literature reviews. In the process, they’ve discovered a few best practices for...

Rise Of The Robots: 3 Ways To Leverage Artificial Intelligence In Systematic Reviews Today

By Peter O'Blenis

The buzz about artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be louder than ever in 2018. For the evidence-based research set, the potential of computer-based tools to automate screening and data extraction in systematic reviews has researchers excited about the possibilities - and maybe a little bit...

3 Reasons To Use DistillerSR Systematic Review Software For Data Extraction

By Peter O'Blenis

Many groups choose to do the data extraction phase of their systematic review in Distiller systematic review software for the same reasons they do screening in DistillerSR:

Vote Or Classify: Which Is Faster For Title And Abstract Screening?

By Peter O'Blenis

Two vital tenets of the systematic review process are transparency and reproducibility.  I have long argued that both should apply at every stage of the review process, including title and abstract screening.

Putting A Stop To Systematic Review Déjà Vu

By Peter O'Blenis

Systematic reviewers are prone to experiencing “déjà vu”, that indescribable gut feeling that you’ve done the exact same thing (or screened the same abstract) at some point in the past. Particularly if you specialize in a certain research topic, you may encounter the same references turning up...

One Simple Way To Speed Up Your Screening Process

By Peter O'Blenis

Have you heard the one about the systematic review group with too much time on their hands? Neither have we!

Time is in short supply for most of us these days, and systematic reviewers are no exception. The good news is that review tools and methodologies are constantly evolving to make the...

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Systematic Reviewers

By Peter O'Blenis

At this time of the year many of us reflect on the past twelve months and make plans for how we can may next year even better. Here's a light hearted but evidence-based list of resolutions you may want to consider in order to make 2017 your best systematic review year ever!