Microsoft Honors Life Science and Information Technology Partners Leading the Charge in Scientific Collaboration and Innovation

26 June 2013 | Andrea McGonigle, Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group
Yesterday, Microsoft honored the winners of the 2013 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards. Now in its eighth year, these Awards are presented annually to recognize pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical resource organizations, and medical device companies using Microsoft solutions to realize business and information technology benefits, including reducing redundancies and costs, with the goal of fighting serious health ailments and bringing therapeutic breakthroughs to market faster.
This year’s winners were selected by a panel of industry experts on how their innovation represents a breakthrough from the industry, how their innovation goes beyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist, and how their innovation improves the company’s ability to get safer and more efficacious products/services to market faster by reducing complexity, lowering cost, and enhancing the speed and quality of the process.
Here are this year’s recipients, and be sure to keep an eye out for their press releases:
  • Specialty healthcare company Endo Health Solutions Inc. partnered with software developer iLink Systems, to create Patient Engagement, a prototype solution that uses the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK, as well as Microsoft HealthVault. Patient Engagement tracks patients’ physical therapy exercise, provides real-time feedback, and sends the information to patients’ physical therapists via Microsoft HealthVault.
  • Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP), a worldwide network of Department of Defense (DoD) clinical and research centers, teamed up with Mi-Co, a 13-year veteran in developing and deploying tablet-data capture solutions, to create Mi-Forms Mobile-Forms. IDCRP implemented Mi-Co’s Mi-Forms on their TabletKiosk Windows tablets to conduct a paperless clinical study, which resulted in 50 percent data-entry time savings and 100 times fewer queries. 
  • Merck and Co., Inc., which makes a difference in the lives of people globally through innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer health products, worked with Ceiba Solutions, Inc. provider of services, products, and information analytics for life sciences, on a project using Helium. Helium connects data and analytical services across sources and makes them available within Office and Windows 8 apps. Merck’s use of Helium brings together CRM, medical professional, prescription, and multi-channel marketing data. With Helium, complex, cross-source data exploration and analysis that often take hours or days, or can’t be done at all, can now take minutes – and all within easy-to-use, well-known interfaces.
  • Leading global contract research organization PPD, which provides drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services for biopharmaceutical companies and accelerates the cost-effective delivery of safe and effective therapeutics to patients, collaborated with ePharmaSolutions, a leading provider of eClinical solutions and services that accelerate and improve site feasibility and study start-up, study training, site management and patient recruitment and engagement. Their collaboration includes integration of ePharmaSolutions’ PatientLive™ with PPD® PatientView, which both provide patient access to Microsoft HealthVault. PatientLive matches patients to clinical trials using a geo-therapeutic matching algorithm and opt-in intelligent profiles to alert patients about trials they may qualify for, improving patient engagement and opportunities to participate in a clinical trial. PatientView links trial participants with clinical research sites, biopharmaceutical companies, physicians and health care resources to enhance patient connectivity and improve patient retention in trials.

A special thanks to all of this year’s judges, including: Scott Lundstrom, group vice president, IDC Health Insights; Sal Salamone, specialist editor, QuinStreet Enterprise; Benjamin Rooks, managing director, ST Advisors, LLC; Doris Nessim, RPh., BScPhm., ACPR, MA., FCSHP, vice president, pharmacy, patient safety & eHealth, GS1 Canada; Charlene Marietti, executive director of editorial initiatives, The Vendome Group; and Ahmad Hashem, M.D., Ph.D., board member, global affairs, Boston Biopharmaceuticals.

Congratulations to the winning companies, as well as all who entered. Your efforts to integrate information technology and life sciences will benefit patients worldwide.

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Andrea McGonigle
Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group