DIA Highlights Transformation of Industry

June 26, 2017

Just came back from DIA with my colleague Sarah Pozek.  It was a great show.  It’s been a few years since I’ve DIA and it was great to have the opportunity to see some old friends and meet new ones.

I have been attending HIMSS over the years and have seen the incredible advances that we have made towards improving the quality of care being delivered, reducing the cost of that care and better engaging the patient in the experience with the healthcare system.  When I first started attending HIMSS and DIA the big focus was on capturing the data, either through the EMR or the EDC.  Now across both segments, I saw a similar evolution of migrating from data capture to data analysis to information enabled decision making.  This year at HIMSS there were a few significant themes, all in my opinion tied to Value-Based Care: Analytics, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Interoperability and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

At DIA a similar set of themes were present,  which was exciting seeing the segments of the industry transforming along the same lines. Sarah Pozek will be documenting her experience at the show highlighting some of the innovative companies that are helping to transform the industry.  Almost everyone we met with talked about how to tighten the relationship with the care delivery side, how we can capture the common data once and leverage it for multiple purposes.  Much like on the care delivery side we experienced companies that are simplifying the complexity in the system.  Whether it was better educating patient and doctors on the trials that can benefit the patient to analyzing the data across trials to better decision making.  When I first started in the industry we called this knowledge management, now its part of a trend towards artificial intelligence.

Many of the companies that formed the foundation of the industry are still successfully transforming it.  I saw a few that years ago were startups and are now leaders in the industry and a vast array of newcomers, all focused on increasing value in the industry.  It was fascinating to see the similarities that were apparent at HIMSS and I am confident based on what I have observed that transformation of this complex industry will be achieved.

I welcome your thoughts if I can be of assistance helping your company on your journey to success, please contact me at 914-954-8056 or wgroszewski@directrecruiters.com.  Thanks, I I look forward to working with you.

Recap of DIA 2016

July 13, 2016

By Sarah Pozek, Director of Life Sciences

Sarah PozekLast week I had the opportunity to attend DIA 2016 in Philadelphia. As expected, this event showcased some of the most innovative and exciting new companies in the life science industry – from discovery and development to the life cycle management of these products.

Below are a sampling of the companies that I met with who I felt were noteworthy. What technologies, services or companies blew you away at DIA?

MedNet Solutions – Around since 2001, MedNet is in the position to deliver technology innovations backed by experience and reliability. Their platform, iMedNet eClinical, is a proven, flexible, award-winning, SaaS-based EDC and eClinical platform. Made with ease of use in mind, it allows non-technical research personnel to configure and manage their own clinical studies. This comprehensive platform also offers randomization, inventory, risk-based monitoring, etc. making it a one-stop shop.

www.mednetstudy.com

DATATRAK – I loved seeing another Cleveland company at DIA (especially coming off of a big Cavs win)! While they opened their doors in 1995, DATATRAK has gone through a few different iterations since then. Most recently, they completed a transformational upgrade to create a completely unified experience for their customers. By combining, Clinical Trial Management (CTMS), Data Capture (EDC), Medical Coding, Randomization, Clinical Supply and Trial Design into a singular platform, they are able to remove complexities of clinical trials, accelerate the process and ultimately reach an outcome sooner. With a new platform and strong vision, I am very excited to see where the next few years take them!

http://www.datatrak.com

OpenClinica – In just a few years since its first release, OpenClinica became one of the world’s most widely adopted EDC and CDM solutions. Offering an open source model, OpenClinica capitalized on McKinsey’s predicted “freemium” trend before it even had that name. They are currently powering research in over 100 countries. OpenClinica continues to innovate and expand their product offering outside of EDC. Namely, they have released a Patient Engagement/ePRO tool that not only allows the study to receive more accurate data faster, but also gives the participant a mobile way to engage (leading to higher satisfaction).

www.openclinica.com

Adaptive Clinical Systems – I had the chance to meet with Sina Adibi, CEO & President, of Adaptive Clinical Systems, and I was so impressed by what they are doing over there. To simplify, they offer a secure, validated, compliant (CFR 21-Part 11 and GxP) and cost-effective solution for clinical data integration. The Adaptive eClinical Bus is a cloud-based service that will integrate with your EDC, CTMS, ePRO/IWRS, Medical Imaging, Analytics, Data Acquisition Systems and EHR/EMR to reduce error and speed data management for any size study. With their pay-as-you-go model, you are able to use as many or as few modules as you need while utilizing their scalable EDC for no additional cost.  The case studies on their site are definitely worth a read as well! One CRO saw a start-up reduction time of two weeks, 100% audit success rate and data errors due to reentry were eliminated.

http://www.adaptive-clinical.com

Greenphire – I think we all could stand to thank Greenphire for their “Taste of Philly” theme on Wednesday afternoon… what a better way to finish a long day than with a soft pretzel and local brew? I was happy to be able to catch up with Wayne Baker, Chief Commercial Officer, to learn a bit more about this energetic, fast-growing company. Since 2008, Greenphire has focused on developing best-in-class clinical trial payment solutions. With 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies utilizing their technology, it’s no surprise that Greenphire is the global leader in clinical payment solutions. While some would rest at the top, Greenphire has continued to innovate and expand with ClinCard. This painless, streamlined option is a game-changer for patients, sponsors and CROs alike – offering direct payment to the patient, 90% reduction in administrative process and an increase in retention of nearly 12%. Their eClinicalGPS solution for the administration of site payments offers significant benefits to sponsors and CROs – reducing administration burden, providing robust financial analytics, supporting global transparency requirements and ultimately delivering an average cost savings of up to 40% per study.  I can’t wait to see what is next for them!

http://www.greenphire.com

Integritrial – This young, agile, mission-driven company is looking to modernize patient recruitment advertising by creating sincere messages and reaching patients where they are in dynamic ways. Bold social advertising, responsive web design and honest messaging are hallmarks of Integritrial. “If your messages aren’t remarkable, people are going to ignore you,” Founder and Creative Director Damian Hanley states, “if you don’t hit someone in the gut with your ad, you will be ignored. If people don’t laugh, or cry, or get scared about a future that is potentially worse than their present, they will not act on your advertising.”

http://integritrial.com/

MedPoint Digital – With over 25 years of experience in life science, MedPoint Digital combines learning and technology to produce digital platforms that are exceptionally intuitive and engaging for medical professionals. Offering eChannel and eClinical solutions that are built on a process of adaptive planning, agile development, continuous improvement, and rapid, flexible response to change, MedPoint is powerful and practical. New to their suite of products is RegDoc eSafe, a new electronic Investigator Site File on their TriPort Trial Portal. Completely interoperable with other eTMF systems, RegDoc integrates with TriPort for self-populating sections, is intuitive for sites and provides a workspace for CRAs.

http://www.medpt.com/

Overall, the conference displayed many state-of-the-art life science technologies, and it is so fascinating to watch these evolve over time. More impressive was the passion of the employees for what their companies are doing to develop and innovate in this space.

For more information about DIA 2016, contact Sarah Pozek 440-996-0597 or spozek@directrecruiters.com