CenterWatch to launch wireless PDA access to clinical trials information

Boston 18 April 2001CenterWatch has launched a wireless Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) suite of searchable databases, designed for clinical research and health care professionals seeking clinical trials information in a portable format. Using CenterWatch-Mobile, research and health care 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 programmes and in identifying potential clinical trials for their patients.

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Three databases comprise the CenterWatch-Mobile suite. They include detailed listings of more than 8000 ongoing industry-sponsored clinical trials; summary descriptions of hundreds of drugs recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and over 1500 profiles of drugs in phase I - III clinical trials. The databases are accessible for free and will be updated several times each week.

"We are excited about our ability to offer these information resources in a flexible, wireless format for hand held devices", commented Paul Molinari, Manager of Business Development for CenterWatch, who added that "ultimately, this format will assist physicians, researchers, health professionals, and consumers in staying informed about treatment options conveniently."

CenterWatch developed CenterWatch-Mobile in collaboration with Synteract, a contract services company which develops Web, wireless and voice data solutions for the clinical trials industry. Stated Russell Holmes, Executive VP of Synteract: "Our wireless group has 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 growing need of clinical professionals for portability, CenterWatch-Mobile is an important set of resources for Palm users", stated Mr. Molinari. "Instead of spending 15 minutes investigating a printed index or surfing through a Web site, 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 over 42.000 clinical trial listings on the CenterWatch.com e-Health Web site. CenterWatch is a subsidiary of the Medical Economics Company and a division of Thomson Healthcare, Thomson Corporation.


Leslie Versweyveld

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