PDA Access to Clinical Trials Information
announced that it has launched a free wireless PDA suite
of searchable databases designed for clinical research and
healthcare professionals seeking clinical trials information
in a portable format. Using CenterWatch-Mobile, research
and healthcare professionals will have ready access to information
about investigational drugs and active clinical trials at
the point of patient care. This information will assist
professionals in determining more comprehensive treatment
programs and in identifying potential clinical trials for
Three databases comprise the CenterWatch-Mobile
suite. They include: detailed listings of more than 8,000
ongoing industry-sponsored clinical trials; summary descriptions
of hundreds of drugs recently approved by the FDA; and more
than 1,500 profiles of drugs in phase I - III clinical trials.
The databases available through this PDA format will be
updated several times per week.
"We are very excited about our ability to offer these information
resources in a flexible, wireless format for hand held devices,"
said Paul Molinari, Manager of Business Development for CenterWatch.
"Ultimately, this format will assist physicians, health professionals,
researchers and consumers in conveniently staying informed about
CenterWatch developed CenterWatch-Mobile in collaboration with Synteract,
a contract services company that develops web, wireless and voice
data solutions for the clinical trials industry. Said Russell Holmes,
Executive VP of Synteract "Our wireless group put a tremendous
effort into developing the CenterWatch-Mobile application. Currently,
the product works on Palm OS devices, and further work will commence
on porting to other devices, such as Pocket PC and web phones."
CenterWatch-Mobile represents the next generation of personal digital
assistant (PDA) applications as it is wireless and feeds into a
remote web server for the bulk of the database content. Only a small
amount of memory (about 38k) is required to download the application.
The CenterWatch content displayed on the PDA device is in real time
and never requires the user to perform periodic "hotsync's."
Given the clinical professionals growing need for portability,
CenterWatch-Mobile is an important set of resources for Palm users,"
Molinari. "Instead of spending 15 minutes investigating a printed
index or surfing through a website, clinical professionals may search
any one of these resources whenever and wherever they need to and
know that the information is up to date."
CenterWatch is a Boston-based information services company that
focuses on the clinical trials industry. CenterWatch offers a variety
of publications and services for clinical research and health professionals,
patients and health consumers. In 2001, an estimated five million
patients and their advocates will view more than 42,000 clinical
trial listings on the www.CenterWatch.com e-health website. CenterWatch
is a subsidiary of the Medical Economics Company and a division
of Thomson Healthcare, Thomson Corp.