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Windows 8 and Surface Tablet Pave the Way for Powerful Clinical Apps

Powerful Clinical Apps

The internet is buzzing over the news that Microsoft is entering the tablet market. Anyone who follows such things knew that Windows 8 would have touch interface designed for tablets, but few were expecting Microsoft to produce its own hardware to run it. Since BioClinica is a Microsoft Life Science Gold Certified partner our developers have been running Windows 8 on tablets for the past few months. I can’t wait to get my hands on one! I really like that the Windows OS on the slate is the same as on the PC so I am not limited to running only ‘tablet based’ clinical apps.

We envision tablets playing an important role in clinical apps and technology as their portability and ease of use make them perfect for a clinical environment. As BioClinica’s eClinical solutions are designed to harness the power of Microsoft SharePoint and Office programs, we’ve been anxiously anticipating the Windows 8 operating system for some time. Our tech team has been hard at work creating Windows 8 metro apps and enhancing standard Microsoft functionality that will take advantage of the innovations and advanced capabilities that Windows 8 makes possible.

In fact, we’ve developed “touch-friendly” Metro App versions of our industry-leading Express EDC and OnPoint CTMS products that will be demonstrated during next week’s DIA 2012 conference at BioClinica’s booth, number 2707. While we won’t have a Surface tablet on hand (at least as far as I know), visitors to the BioClinica booth will be able to see Windows 8 in action on a tablet.

Express EDC and OnPoint CTMS Powerful Clinical Apps

Express EDC is web-based system that coordinates and organizes the collection and dissemination of clinical data and adds speed and quality to every part of the clinical trial process. Putting this kind of power on a tablet will revolutionize the trial process. Our app is tailored for use in a clinical environment utilizing large buttons, swipe scrolling, and radial buttons. The app does not store data locally; it instantly communicates information to the Express server so there’s no need to sync or transfer data. The app can be used with any study built in the current Express EDC system.

OnPoint CTMS helps clinical trial sponsors and CROs to efficiently access, share, and analyze operational data. The OnPoint CTMS app will make keeping an eye on studies as easy as following your favorite sports team. The app provides an easy-to-use executive overview of investigative site information and study status. Users can access study data, map sites in a local area, and access performance metrics such as subject enrollment. The app taps into the same data that runs the full OnPoint CTMS system so information is current at all times regardless of the system used. The Windows 8 interface provides a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience with a clean, open layout that minimizes distraction and places an emphasis on the actual content and user interface.

Since our reporting and many of our portals are SharePoint based, these can be also be accessed on the tablet. We envision Pharma companies using the tablet in meetings to update the study team with up-to-the-minute KPI’s about enrollment and study status. It is the perfect tool for monitors to enter information into their trip reports which is then used to update OnPoint CTMS. See our ‘Monitoring Made Easy’ blog or stop by the booth for a demonstration on how this works.

Other Exciting Happenings the Week of DIA 2012

While I only deal with BioClinica’s eClinical solutions, I am pleased to note that our Imaging Core Lab Services division has entered the Metro App world as well. We will be demonstrating an Oncology Evaluation app that could enable independent review of medical images on a Windows tablet. This will also be demonstrated at the DIA conference.

On a related topic, BioClinica has been nominated for a Microsoft Life Science Innovation Award! The Innovation Awards celebrate companies that use Microsoft solutions to revolutionize medicine and medical research. They will be presented at a reception on Tuesday, June 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Philadelphia Marriot which is adjacent to the DIA site. As an event sponsor, BioClinica is offering complementary access to this exclusive event. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the foremost innovators in the life science technology arena while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. Please submit your information here if you’d like to attend the Microsoft Life Science Innovation Award.

One last note: You’ll be able to stay connected at DIA this year as BioClinica is providing free WiFi access to all attendees. It’s just one more way we are revolutionizing drug development and making clinical trials easier. Stop by Booth 2707 to learn more and to be entered into our randomization demonstration. All participants will receive one of three prizes: a pen, some BioClinica “thinking putty,” or a $100 gift card. Just like a real trial, what you get depends on the randomization. Just to keep it interesting, everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for an Xbox gaming system!

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