After spending a few days at the recent Microsoft-sponsored Life Sciences Innovation Forum, I can say without exaggeration that the upcoming launch of Windows 8 will bring amazing advancements in the way clinical research is conducted.
Many of these changes revolve around Windows 8’s ability to run on tablet computers. Just think of the possibilities: the power of Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, Access, and Outlook in the convenience of a tablet. You can be completely mobile without giving up any functionality at all!
How this will impact clinical trials became clear in a panel discussion featuring representatives of Vistakon (Johnson and Johnson’s vision care division), the Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI), and the medical device company C.R. Bard. These industry leaders discussed the success they achieved utilizing OnPoint, the global clinical trial management system (CTMS) produced by Microsoft partner BioClinica. OnPoint utilizes Microsoft SharePoint and Office applications to efficiently access, share, and analyze operational trial data.
Each representative discussed the specific challenges OnPoint helps them overcome. Vistakon requires a tool that is flexible enough to be used across many divisions while providing cross-study reporting. HCRI needs a system that provides metrics on not only clinical data, but all aspects of trial data. During the vendor selection process C.R. Bard realized that a “one size fits all” CTMS wouldn’t work for them and utilized OnPoint for its customization features.
Peter Benton, BioClinica’s President of eClinical Solutions and a panel participant, summed it up nicely when he said, “OnPoint is the most powerful, easy to use CTMS in the industry. From the largest to the smallest pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies, from CROs to AROs, OnPoint is the key to conducting clinical trials efficiently and on-budget.”
In the very near future, a Windows tablet will literally put the power of SharePoint and OnPoint CTMS in the palm of your hand. Will this usher in a whole new level of trial efficiency and cost reduction? Watch this space!
Update June 4, 2012: See here for a related and relevant article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/healthblog/archive/2012/06/04/data-entry-far-easier-for-clinicians-using-windows-tablets.aspx