Post DIA Thoughts

In the style of Peter King from SI, here are a few things I think I think coming out of DIA:

1. I hadn’t noticed as many device manufacturers in previous years.  ePRO (e-Patient Reported Outcomes) is obvious – and expected – but there were a number of device manufacturers showing their devices for use in clinical trials – especially Phase I trials. 

Of course my attention was drawn to vendors who are using the Windows Embedded operating system (naturally), with companies like Phillips (with their 12 lead ECG) and others on the Spyrometry side. 

Makes sense, and not sure why I was surprised, but I was…

2. And thinking of ePRO, I was pleased to see a number of noted ePRO vendors that have begun to embrace the Windows platform with their devices.  Of note was PHT – check out the picture below of their new device:


They were showing devices on the Windows Mobile platform, along with devices running Windows XP.  Very cool.

Then I went over to the eTrials booth where they were showing the HP iPAQ device (thanks to the eTrials “hand model” for her help!) running the eTrials ePRO software.  The screenshot below is of the “how are you feeling” variety. 


After spending three days on our feet on the show floor, I’m not surprised she was choosing towards the “in pain” side!

3. On the user interface front, the folks over at Lorenz were showing a new CTMS developed using WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) which gave them a more advanced look and feel, as well as the ability to take advantage of new capabilities in Vista and the forthcoming Windows 7 without a lot of heavy lifting.  Check out their screen shots:




With a “Ribbon” style menu interface (a la Office 2007) and other increasingly common user interface elements, the updated user interface makes the CTMS easier to use, which will lower training costs.

4. A public thank you to Chuck for hosting a group of us for dinner on Wednesday night.   Great company and conversation.  Thank you! 

5. Here is a shot of the San Deigo sunset (when the sun finally did come out!).  Note the kids swimming – the water can’t be more than 55 degrees and the temperature outside was only in the mid-sixties.  Oh to be young!


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Comments (2)

  1. mack2ooo says:

    DIA was a good conference.  It was nice to see you and others there.  Spending most of my time on the EDC front, I recognized the trend that vendors are beginning to offer eClinical suites.   As one CEO put to me recently, eClinical vendors will move to offering "turn key" packages including EDC and the ancillary eClinical systems.  This is showing up under the headings of IVR, ePRO, Imaging, data warehousing, Safety, etc.  Next will be CTMS and eMR presumably.

  2. Kishore says:

    Well, it is absolutely true that the number of companies that are into electronic capturing of patient data is increasing by the day.. and today that we are almost a year ahead from the day you posted this article… there are many more that have sprouted in the market.

    Innovation, better functionality and higher compliance is something that is getting the better of the clinical trials market. One such company that I came across is PaDiSys, from NowPos, India. Now the interesting thing here is that they are working on low end mobile phones and all functions that other high end smart phones are giving… Now taking into consideration the growing mobile markets… Nowpos is sure to get an edge over others by introducing symbian, android and technologies that are upcoming…

    You must check this out !!

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