DIA 2013: A Glimpse into How We’re Enabling Clinical Trials, Compliance in the Cloud and Patient Engagement for the Life Sciences Industry

19 June 2013 | Andrea McGonigle, Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group
This year at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 49th annual meeting, we’re showcasing how Microsoft and our partner solutions enable clinical trials, compliance in the cloud, and patient engagement for those involved in the discovery, development, and life cycle management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device organizations.
At Microsoft, we are helping to address innovation challenges in the life sciences industry. To do so, we are committed to being the trusted steward of data, applications, communication technology, and collaboration tools. Today, Microsoft provides secure infrastructure and platforms to help life sciences organizations take advantage of cloud-based technologies that address applicable regulatory compliance needs.
Together with our partner network, we provide innovative technologies that help to lower costs while increasing flexibility and business agility across the value chain, including research and development, clinical trials, patient and site recruitment, electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical trial management systems (CTMS), regulatory filings, post-marketing studies and patient engagement, and commercialization.
If you’re attending DIA, make sure to stop by Microsoft booth #623, to learn more.  First, make sure you check out the Windows 8 device bar, where we’ll be showcasing some of the latest apps on Windows 8 which are enabling life sciences organizations to connect with patients.  Here are just a few examples:
  • Trial Exchange: The NextDocs app enables clinical investigators to access and contribute documents to an established master file, receive and complete tasks generated by the sponsor, view document statuses, and retrieve documents on demand.
  • PatientLive: The app, powered by ePharmaSolutions, provides patients with a comprehensive overview of approved medications and new medical therapies for their conditions, as well as personalized updates when new therapies are available through HealthVault.
  • Exco™ Breathe: Exco InTouch’s app helps patients manage their condition, tracking progress by capturing daily FEV1 and PEF reading using a spirometer alongside simple diary questions.
  • Medicine Cabinet: NextGen Healthcare’s app helps patients manage their medications, including when to take them, dosing and schedule information. It also keeps track of when medications are taken or missed.
  • Digital Health Scorecard: Johnson & Johnson’s app teaches patients the likelihood of developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart/respiratory diseases or cancer after answering seven key questions about their current health measures and habits.
Also at the Microsoft booth, you’ll learn about the latest solutions from our partners, including:
  • Ceiba’s Helium is a powerful self-service, cross-source data exploration and analysis platform, which provides actionable analytics, streamlined data access and the ability to share knowledge across an enterprise. Helium recognizes specific types of data (e.g. project ID, genetic sequence, chemical compound, etc.), and enables news insights for the life sciences industry. 
  • BioClinica’s OnPoint CTMS improves clinical trial management by helping sponsors easily centralize and share trial data. Leveraging SharePoint, OnPoint CTMS can consolidate and share multi-platform data to enable more informed decisions, and can be implemented in a fraction of the time and cost of other leading CTMS.
  • iLink’s Patient Engagement Framework, an interactive medium for patients and health and life sciences organizations designed for patient self-monitoring, reduced recruiting time, and end-to-end collaboration.
  • PatientPoint delivers innovation in mobile-enabled patient engagement, medication adherence and compliance management.  PatientPoint also offers patient recruitment tools for clinical research.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s DIA conference. Please stop by Microsoft booth #623, so we can share more about how Microsoft and our partner solutions are aiding pharmaceutical and medical device companies with patient engagement solutions, platforms that enable compliance in the cloud, and innovative technologies for clinical trials. Also, be sure to let us know what apps you would like to see available for Windows 8 and the new Office in the future!
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Andrea McGonigle
Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group