Press Release

  • For Immediate Release
  • 4/7/04

New Tool Speeds Study Start-up

MEDIA, PA April 7, 2004 - Scientific Software Tools, Inc. (SST), a leader in the area of technology enabling software and services for clinical trials, announces the launch of a new website specifically focused on the common problems Sponsors, CROs and technology providers experience during the implementation of e-technology in clinical trials.

Problems such as:

  • Implementation issues at the site level, causing delays, frustration and possible lost investigators.
  • Difficulty in budgeting accurately for study start-up causing cost over-runs.
  • Time and cost associated with traditional paper or phone surveys.

These and similar problems can be greatly reduced by having an accurate assessment of the computer hardware, software and internet connection speed at the site level, prior to implementation.

VISTA-the site technology assessment tool, allows Sponsors, CROs and technology providers to quickly, accurately and cost-effectively survey, assess and store information about an investigative sites existing computer equipment.

Elise Furman, president of SST Inc., explains, “As a company founded by medical practitioners, we wanted to focus on providing solutions that make it easier for PCPs and others to participate in clinical studies.  The issue of failure of technology at the site level has plagued efforts to move the whole trials process forward.  Two of the most frequently cited causes for slow adoption of technology in clinical trials have been; the amount of time required for study start-up in studies using technology and push back from investigative sites regarding technology usability. Whether a study is using EDC, clinical portals, supply management systems, e-mail or on-line training, it’s important to have accurate information regarding the existing infrastructure to reduce this time and frustration.  Better technology criteria, and better site matching to that criteria are critical.”

For information regarding VISTA and how it may help sponsors, CROs, technology providers and investigators go to

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, data acquisition 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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