Press Release

  • For Immediate Release
  • 12/04/2003

EDC-Enabling Tool can cut investigative site technology assessment time by 75%! V.I.S.T.A-Verifiable Investigative Site Technology Assessment

Pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and Investigative sites now have a new automated way of performing quick, easy and accurate technology assessments.

MEDIA, PA December 4, 2003 - Pharmaceutical Companies, Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and Investigative Sites all agree that accurate technology assessment is one of the major stumbling blocks to effective electronic data capture (EDC) use and adoption of other e-technologies. At a recent Drug Information Association (DIA) industry meeting, "Technology at Investigative Sites", problems in assessing existing technology was raised repeatedly as a rate limiting factor.

Scientific Software Tools, Inc. (SST), has developed an investigator friendly, easy to use, study-specific, web-based service that can quickly and accurately query, capture, assess and report on a sites existing technology. Both Web and PC-based EDC solutions (as well as e-learning, CME and other applications) have certain hardware, software and connectivity requirements to run properly and deliver a positive user experience. Common problems such as slow page turns, problems uploading data or difficulty accessing applications can often be traced back to inadequate hardware and software.

In addition, this service can make the task of technology assessment easier for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), who often are counted on to make assessments, but may not be technically proficient themselves.

A new V.I.S.T.A. fact sheet, highlighting a major pharmaceutical companys use of V.I.S.T.A. is now available. Call SST at 610-891-1640, extension 222, for your free copy.

Elise Furman, RN, MBA, co-founder of Scientific Software Tools, Inc. explains,
"Throughout our 15-year history, we have worked to develop tools that aid in data collection and delivery. For the last 3 years, we have focused that expertise on the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and clinical research market, working with top pharmaceutical companies, researchers and CROs. In the course of working with these companies to develop EDC applications, risk calculators and associated software we found that one of the impediments to effective EDC implementation involved the investigative site technology assessment process. V.I.S.T.A has been proven to drastically reduce the time needed to evaluate sites. The old process of creating paper surveys, mailing them to prospective investigators, following up on the forms to make sure they were received and completed, compiling returns, evaluating the answers and going back for clarification simply adds too much time and cost to the process. V.I.S.T.A. can reduce that time by 75%."

For information regarding overcoming EDC-based software concerns visit

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For the complete text of Dr. Roy Furman's paper, "Mobile Tools for Improving Health Care."

Scientific Software Tools is now in the process of making its expertise available to Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device, Contract Research Organizations, Site Management Organizations and others involved in clinical studies.

Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, and founded in 1988, Scientific Software Tools, Inc. has earned a reputation for delivering reliable, innovative solutions on time and within budget. SST's customers include pharmaceutical, CRO, SMO and healthcare companies.

For more information contact: Elise Furman, Scientific Software Tools, 1023 East Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Media, PA 19063.

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